In our latest feature, we get to know Brisbane duo Alta Falls and their scintillating debut single ‘Take Me On Down’.
There’s plenty to like about said debut, which gives us every indication that Nat and Matt know precisely what it takes to craft a classic pop track.
It bubbles with sweet, sweet harmonies and plenty of retro influences that even carry across to the lyric video (which you can watch below).
We’re super impressed. And we’re sure you will be too.
So say hello to Alta Falls – and discover more about them in our latest feature.
01. Band name : Alta Falls.
02. Where are you based? Brisbane.
03. Who are your members? Nat & Matt.
04. And what role do they play in the band? Nat is lead vocals and guitar, Matt is backing vocals and keys.
05. How did you choose your band name? We got to the point where we’re sure many bands get to, where we really just needed to finally and definitively come up with a name and actually stick to it! So we were in the rehearsal studio one night, and it was absolutely pouring down with torrential rain outside.
Matt just happened to be wearing a t-shirt with the word ‘Alta’ on it, which we somehow connected with the word rainfall… and the concept of rain falling from above felt like a good fit with the sounds and the songs we were creating in the room.
06. Give us five words to best describe the band. Grounded, energetic, feel-good, movement – you could argue that that’s only 4 words, but we’re going with it…
07. How was the band formed? By spending many a night writing and then re-writing our songs again and again, until both our perfectionistic tendencies were finally satisfied enough to actually finish something – at which point we felt we could call ourselves a band!
08. Tell us a little bit about your sound. Indietronica is a new term we’ve recently come across, and while we don’t really know if we technically fit the genre, on the surface it feels like it sums up our music pretty well.
Our sound is a mix of vintage ’80s synth, atmospheric guitars, and layered harmonies. There was a series of Roland keyboards back in the 1980s, in particular the Juno-106 and Jupiter-8, which has played a big part in the making of our sound.
09. If you had to compare yourselves to an already established act sound-wise, who would it be? We feel like we’ve borrowed various elements from bands across the past five decades, from Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits in the ’70s/’80s, Empire Of The Sun and MGMT from the ’00s, and more recently the likes of The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club and the more synth-driven songs of The 1975.
10. What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? We both have favourite songs from across the different eras, but they keep changing! The ones that keep popping up as our inspiration at the moment are Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rhiannon’, and the 1975’s ‘Somebody Else’.
11. Which song from history do you all wish you’d written? ‘Walking On A Dream’ by Empire Of The Sun.
12. What’s been the biggest highlight of your band’s journey so far? The opportunity to work with our brilliant producer Aidan Hogg – he brought to life the beginnings of the vision we had been conjuring up in our heads for months during the writing process.
13. What’s been your strangest experience as a band? Soon after heading into the studio for the very first time, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia and we went into lockdown and had to cancel all our studio sessions. Watching the news, it felt like the world was falling apart and it was a very eerie and strange time.
14. Who’s your most passionate groupie? It’s cliché, but it would have to be Matt’s Mum!
15. Are you hotel trashers, cup of tea drinkers or somewhere in between? Definitely on the tea drinking side of the equation. We use tea breaks* as mini-rewards for getting through long late-night music sessions.
* well let’s be honest, ‘tea breaks’ can also mean beer or whiskey breaks depending on the night 😜
16. If you could score the support slot for any act, who would you choose? Too many to choose from! We’re massive fans of Sam Fender’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ album, so let’s go with Sam.
17. Tell us about your debut release. ‘Take Me On Down’ was the first song we started recording as a band in the studio with our producer Aidan Hogg. The song tells the story of someone plucking up the courage to challenge their preconceptions and try something new for the first time. The experience gives them a completely new perspective, and a sense of freedom they’d never felt before.
18. What do your plans for global superstardom involve? We love the process of creating something new from scratch, and watching it turn from an idea in our heads to a finished song that we can share with the world. If we get to keep doing this, and put on shows, then that’s all the planning we need.
19. Where can our audience catch you live? New dates coming soon.
WEBSITE : http://www.altafallsmusic.com/
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/altafallsmusic
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/altafalls/
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/altafallsmusic/
YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkFL37wWfGAEu4mx4O7exyQ