Last Night: Alberta Cross, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

Petter Ericson Stakee hitting a high note
Petter Ericson Stakee hitting a high note
Brandon Ferguson

It was readily apparent that Alberta Cross has been given the opportunities to record and tour based on qualities other than the size of their Southern California fan base. On this particular evening, the not exactly huge Detroit Bar appeared half full. Yet the light weeknight turnout--OC Music Awards were held over in Tustin same night--didn't inhibit the band's performance, which at times proved explosive. Helmed by singer and guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, who wailed and howled in a near falsetto, the band delivered a set of tunes resonating with sounds of classic rock revivalism. Imbued with more than a smattering of the psychedelic, Alberta Cross' songs at times stretched languidly like a river slowly rising, then snapped to life with the intensity of a waterfall. 

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