Edmonton-based Altameda (æl-tah-MI-da) formed out of a recording session for singer-songwriter Troy Snaterse but quickly became a group effort to create something bigger. Despite the four-piece finding their roots in various genres, they felt compelled to blend their individual styles with the influences that shaped their earlier years. During the sessions for the group’s debut LP, Dirty Rain, it was clear that the band felt a chemistry that only arrives through shared experiences.
Dirty Rain was toured extensively across all Canadian markets as well as the UK and spent five weeks on the CKUA Top 30 Charts, eventually reaching #1. The band has completed their sophomore full-length album with producer Aaron Goldstein (City & Colour, Daniel Romano, Kathleen Edwards) with an anticipated 2018 release date. Altameda has supported Sam Roberts Band, Plants & Animals, Kacy & Clayton, Reuben & the Dark and SUSTO.
“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