Respect for tradition with the sophistication to shake it off. Deadpan expression of a staunchly honest vision. Edmonton based Altameda (æl-tah-MI-da) have evolved into a band with a bold, and unrelenting sound. It’s the culmination of experience, both musical and rawly human, that makes Altameda the band they are. Hitting festival circuits and stages across Canada and the UK, they’ve toured extensively since releasing their much-celebrated debut album, Dirty Rain.
Full and resounding, cutting and dynamic, Altameda’s sophomore record, Time Hasn’t Changed You, is full of all that makes life a beautiful mess. Brought along by warm bass lines, bluesy rhythms and the sweet whir of the wurlitzer, vocalist Troy Snaterse’s lyrics burn with nostalgia and present desire, made vivid by his talk-like cadences and emotional peaks. It will lift you out of your seat—then all at once send you spiralling down to the kitchen floor. It’s love lost and gained and lost again. It will stay with you even after vinyl and needle have parted ways.
Time Hasn’t Changed You, produced by Aaron Goldstein (City & Colour, Daniel Romano, Kathleen Edwards), will be released by Pheromone Recordings in March of 2019.
“Altameda’s Dirty Rain is the perfect summer soundtrack” - Exclaim!
“...Altameda is a modern-day throwback to some of the greatest musical sounds ever recorded.” - Canadian Beats
“I was immediately swept away by the classic Americana feel of Altameda’s Dirty Rain. It’s alt-country poetry in the highest form.” - MilkCrater.com
“As soon as I heard their first song, I knew I had a new band-crush. They manage to sound classic and new at the same time, like Blue Rodeo crossed with War On Drugs.” - Gus Van Go (Producer)
"Dirty Rain has a mature sound that brings to mind Ryan Adams with classic ‘70s-era Elton John flourishes on the keyboards, and hints of Blue Rodeo. It’s clear the members of Altameda have become musical brothers spending most of their time together, jamming, writing new music and touring internationally almost non-stop since the album first dropped. Like dirty rain on an old tin roof — Altameda's alt-country, rootsy sound will find a way in." - Calgary Folk Fest
"Did Tom Petty invent classic rock? Did Bruce Springsteen invent arena rock? No. At times though, they’ve both done it to near perfection. Altameda didn’t invent country rock either, but if they take the songwriting chops displayed on their first album Dirty Rain and charge it with their onstage energy, the album they have in the works for 2017 might launch them out of ‘my hometown’ and into ‘the great wide open.’" - Levi Manchak (for Beatroute Magazine)
"Tinged with country and accented with Americana, Edmonton’s Altameda revel in western twang ‘n’ jangle. Whether it’s in a borrowed suit or a secondhand dress, the band is dead-set on repurposing classic hooks against the vibrant backdrop of their prairie sound." - Sled Island Festival