Posted by Danni Le Toullec on February 3, 2011
Alpine first captured our attention when their demos hit the airways. After months of hard work, they have perfected their sound for their debut EP Zurich, and an Australia tour kicking off this month.
With their serene vocals and lofty harmonies, it's no surprise this Melbourne band has a fixation with all things Switzerland. Previously named 'The Swiss', Alpine's Zurich will transport you to a dreamlike world of snow capped mountains against a backdrop of synthy pop. I caught up with Phoebe Baker (vocals) as she tapped into a reception sweet spot in her bathroom in Melbourne.
Covered: six-person songwriting, drum-kit injuries, cat food and australian tours
Danielle Le Toullec: As the lead vocalists, Lou James and you have great vocal chemistry, how did you come together?
Phoebe Baker: We were friends from school; we’ve known each other for almost 10 years. It does help to be singing with a friend.
DL: You have a very clean sound for a band with six members. Can you tell me a bit about the song writing process with that many people involved?
PB: Quite a lot of the earlier songs were mainly written by myself and Christian (guitarist). He came up with a basic instrumental idea and we’d develop from that and I would come up with the melody. Then for the more recent songs, we’ve all written them together. We have an idea of the sound we are looking for and we are all in tune with what we want from the music. It comes naturally.