Infectious Magazine chats with Alabaster about their upcoming album, SXSW, and what albums changed their life. Check it out after the jump, and buy concert tickets here.
Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?
Alabaster: Thank you so much for the opportunity! I’m fantastic, how are you?
IM: Great! You have your new album, The Villain In Me out this April. What can fans expect?
Alabaster: We are SO excited to get this out on the airwaves! Fans can expect the same depth, feeling, and punch that has helped Alabaster stand out in the past. But on The Villain in Me it also has this super raw, eager, fast, and awesome blend of hard hitting riffs infused with sexy melodies, that will ensure a whole plethora of new listeners across the spectrum.
IM: Being Seattle based, which of course is home to so many rock icons, have you found the local music scene to be more inviting or challenging because of this?
Alabaster: The local scene here has been very challenging. When we first got here we were up against a huge wave of metal bands. Then came the Indie wave and it was HUGE! As a band, we don’t try to fit in with any style, we just write. Because of this we have been left fairly genre-less and have had a hard time fitting in. We have decided this isn’t a bad thing, however, and keep rockin it!
IM: You played six showcases at SXSW (wow!). Can you tell us a little about your experience?
Alabaster: OMG it was amazing!! We were so excited to just be there, first of all, and then to have been accepted to six showcases?! We were so ecstatic! It was so much fun and probably the most exhausting thing we have ever done. There was so much walking, playing, talking, promoting, and adrenalin going on! I think we all slept for a week when we got back.
IM: SXSW has long been known as a catalyst for emerging artists. Do you think it has lived up to that reputation and what did it teach you this past year?
Alabaster: I suppose that if our dreams come true then it will definitely have lived up to that reputation! Haha. I actually think it could go either way. You could easily come out on top or get lost in the craziness of a festival like this. The best thing to do is do your research and be as prepared as you possibly can. Know what you want to accomplish and who you need to find and play for to do that.
IM: Along those same lines, you’ve also played CMJ and Warped Tour. How do you find the festivals compare and differ?
Alabaster: Well, after experiencing SXSW I can definitely say that Warped Tour, as awesome as it is, it IS the kiddie pool in comparison. It’s amazing to go and play but I believe the opportunities that once could have arose out of Warped Tour are long gone. The music scene, as a whole, is changing and so are the consumers. People at SXSW were hungry for new music, cds, business cards, anything! You hand out a CD at Warped Tour and it’s on the ground three second later. It’s a different crowd.
IM: You recently asked fans on your Facebook what the top albums that changed their life were. I did see that Joe answered, but for the rest of the band, what are the top albums and artists that changed yours? (Individually or as a band.)
Alabaster: Oh goodness!! Well for me (Shaina) I would have to say Death Cab For Cutie – Plans, Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, Tegan & Sara – The Con, and Emarosa – Relativity
IM: What’s in the future for Alabaster?
Alabaster: Right now, TONS of writing, buying a tour van, and getting our butts out on the road!!
IM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Alabaster: Just that we have been so blessed and fortunate. 2012 was an amazing year for Alabaster and 2013 is already off to a fantastic start and we can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes us!! 🙂
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