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Austin, TX based trio I Am the Albatross combines the backwoods mysticism of old-time American folk songs with the savage spirit of rock, punk, and psychedelic noise. Heavy Americana, Gothic Folk, Western Psych, or just plain Rock n’ Roll; call it what you will.
The songs of I Am the Albatross tend to explore the darker side of rural American mythology. They are filled with fringe-dwelling characters, wandering spirits and individualists with strange superstitions.
“I spent most of my life in very small towns and rural areas in Virginia and New Mexico," says guitarist and vocalist Jesse Berkowitz. “Appalachian landscapes and dialects, and the deserts of the Southwest and Western American culture in general have all had a profound and influential effect on me. I want to make music that expresses the affinity I have for the types of characters that come from those places, and also to delve into my own personal relationship with America and American music.”
Storytelling is key throughout the band's songs, and the portraits painted by the lyrics are a defining element of the music. Sonically, the band pushes the boundaries of “rock.” Seemingly simple chord progressions drawn from folk tradition are thrown into dynamic and complex song structures and arrangements.
The band released their first recording, a five song self-titled EP, in March of 2014. It is nothing less than a visceral slab of rock, forged and wrought onto two-inch tape during a whiskey fueled session over a few days in the brutal Texas summer. Thunderous and primal drumming, snaking riffs and ghostly harmonies. Five raw tracks which tell of the coming end, the sting of endless labor, the Devil and his angels, and the burdens of all lost and lonesome souls.