I used to be a dog person, but now I love cats. I think you have to find the right one.” Alpine co-vocalist, Lou James jests around with me as she notes where she now stands on the age-old Cats Vs. Dogs debate. It’s a pretty relevant conversation, given their new album Yuck sports a couple of loveable kittens on ithe cover. Talking with ease as the band’s sophomore has landed easily in the chaos, with their leading single ‘Foolish’ having been met with abundant praise.

Lou assures me that despite the playful title of Yuck, that they take music dead seriously. “It’s such a good word to relate to pop music, we wanted to attach our personalities to it- because we like to have fun and have a laugh”. She describes it as that immediate reaction you have to something, that you never want to experience again. “It could be a funky smell, kissing gross boys or an awkward date”, she notes, with a neat irony in choosing a title that unfolds as quaint and delectable.

Admitting it was a very different process writing this album, Lou compared their latest work with their well-received debut A is For Alpine. “This time round it felt a lot easier to communicate things, maybe it’s something to do with age“, she continues talking about the band’s maturity, discussing their innocence to bring personal experiences into this album. ‘Come On’, for example is a song about Lou’s own heartbreak, and trying to pull herself out of a rut.

They had much longer to work on tracks on Yuck. Compared to their debut, which was compiled under limited recording time, they spent over a year from recording these new songs before going back through them with a fine tooth comb. Lou said their mantra was “quality over quantity”, an ideal that was responsible for their snappy ten track LP rather than a longer record with weaker material.

She laughs as she recalls friends asking about her trip to South America, recalling the time they filmed the clip for ‘Foolish’ in Rio de Janeiro. Alpine haven’t been there completely though, but of course, their lifelike animations swanning about in a rooftop pool with crocodiles is translated as pretty surreal, offering a final idea that she would love the opportunity to play there though. As the tropicana vibes were a clear vision that they had put forward to their visual director, they felt it was part of their branding.

If there’s anything that Lou made me realise, is that they’ve got their head down, ready for their ten-show national tour which leads up to a Splendour In The Grass appearance at the end of July. Outside of that they have haven’t cemented any plans to take the album overseas, although Lou assures me that they will take it to the U.S at some point.

Not only will the six members of Alpine grace the stage for these upcoming shows, but Lou hints at a few extras. “I think for Sydney and Melbourne, Christian O’Brien (guitarist) has organised to get some of his buddies up playing”. These same buddies helped out in the production of the album, playing booming saxophone and trumpet parts on tracks like “Damn Baby”. In her final words, she mentions her band, insisting that they had “always intended to get a brass section on this album- it just adds so much sass”.

They’ve moved on, grown up a bit, but the new sounds of Alpine are sure to please crowds. The tour kicks off in a little over a fortnight, supported by Pearls, Darts and Olympia.

Wednesday 24th June
The Gov, Adelaide SA

Thursday 25th June
Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

Friday 26th June
Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC

Saturday 27th June
Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Friday 3rd July
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD

Saturday 4th July
Metropolis, Fremantle WA

Wednesday 8th July
Anu Bar, Canberra ACT

Thursday 9th July
The Cambridge, Newcastle NSW

Friday 10th July
Uni Bar, Wollongong NSW

Saturday 11th July
The Metro, Sydney NSW

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