CROSS COUNTRY: With a smoky and ash-filled July 4th now behind us-and the Gap Fire waning just enough to keep my short-but-sweet mental mash up of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Franz Ferdinand’s “This Fire,” and Cut Copy’s “Hearts on Fire” out of my head for the time being-it seems that there’s no better moment to start looking toward future shows, fresh starts, and new musical beginnings. And where better to start but with a story that travels from here to New York City, then back again?
Just mere months ago, famed Santa Barbarans The Coral Sea (thecoralsea.net) said a fond farewell to their beloved human drum machine, Austin Beede. The onetime heartbeat of arguably S.B.’s most successful indie rock outfit of late left town and his fellow bandmates on good terms, choosing to throw in his sticks on the West Coast and move to N.Y.C. Not surprisingly, Beede had no trouble settling in-and finding work-on the east side of the country. But it was with a bit of gleeful surprise that I came to find that Beede has not only found a new band, but a good one-and an upcoming gig in Santa Barbara. This Tuesday, July 15, Beede and his new music making buddies, Alberta Cross (myspace.com/albertacross), will make a stop at the Creekside Inn (4444 Hollister Ave.) at 8 p.m. for a very special show.
And if you need more than a little twinge of nostalgia and hometown pride to get you up and out on a Tuesday night, I encourage you to check these guys out online. The sound is part rootsy blues, part avant-garde rock ‘n’ roll, and all forward-thinking amazingness. Think the Black Crowes meets the Raconteurs meets Kings of Leon. Oh, and did we mention that they’re currently touring with The Breeders and making a stop at the much-buzzed-about All Points West Festival (apwfestival.com) in the beginning of August? To Beede, I say a big ol’ “congratulations,” and to the four other gents of Alberta Cross; good job picking your newest addition-he’s just about as good a person, and great a performer, as they come.