Quick Questions With Alder Lights

Quick Questions With Alder Lights

Alder Lights is an up and coming three-piece alternative-rock band. Formed in the unlikely city of Billings, Montana Alder Lights is overflowing with creativity, intentionality, and energy. In the early years they went through various lineup changes. According to the band, this was due to each person learning not only how to be in a band but also time management within it.

Founding members Jake Goldberg (Vocals, Guitar, Keys) and Marcus Barkac (Drums) pushed forward with recording their first album. Only a few short months before release, Marcus’ brother, Kaleb Barkac (bass) joined the project. It became clear immediately this was a perfect fit. Their debut album, Here’s To Fate, released May 7, 2016 during an album release show in their hometown. Not only was this their debut album but also their first time headlining a show. Leading up to the release, the band would create lists of people they knew from social media to message privately and ask person-by-person if they would like to purchase tickets, personally delivering tickets to people’s homes, workplace, or bars.

This strategy, although tiring, paid off in a big way as they sold out the local venue. That night it became clear this project had evolved from a hobby into a passion. Alder Lights continued playing a couple shows a year to continue building a local fanbase as well as a chance to hone in their stage presence and performance. On March 9, 2018 they released their hard-hitting single, Creatures. This was the first song written and recorded with this lineup and signalled a change in tone for the trio. While still sounding like Alder Lights, this was a more raw and energetic sound while somehow sounding more polished and mature. The band took the next year to begin working on their sophomore album with that new direction in mind. Still working full-time jobs, this process was slower than they would have liked. However this is a group not content with releasing mediocre or rushed content so in an age of noise and pressure to constantly release something new, the band stayed silent. During their silence, they were anything but.

In early 2019 they signed with Damon Moreno at Inner Light Agency. That March they broke their silence to play at SXSW before getting back to work on the new album. Recording began in July 2019 and wrapped up two weeks later. Leading up to their sophomore effort, Alder Lights released their first single, “Pieces”. The new album, Darkest Cameo, will release Friday November 8, 2019.

Quick Questions With Alder Lights

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
This is always difficult for us to answer, so many artists have inspired us over the years. If we had to narrow it down we would say:
Jake (Guitar): Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton
Kaleb (Bass): The Beatles

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
Neither of us try and have an accessive amount of gear, we tend to keep it down to what we actually use and need. That said, we have favorite pieces of gear either from use or because we just like how they function/look.
Jake: Delay Pedal (I use this all the time)
Kaleb: Road case (I’m able to have everything I need aside from my pedal board in one spot while on the road. It’s a game changer.)

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
There’s been so much great music this year, to narrow it down we’d say:
Jake: Banks: III
Kaleb: Lewis Capaldi: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
This is a long list for us but here are our picks if we had to pick only one.
Jake: John Mayer
Kaleb: Paul McCartney

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
There are plenty of tips we could give but it always comes down to the most basic ones that we believe are the most important.
Jake: Practice a lot and have fun. The better you are, the more fun you’ll have.
Kaleb: Find a group of musicians to spend time with. Surrounding yourself around others who will challenge you and encourage you keeps you from getting stagnant.

Our new record, Darkest Cameo, will be released Friday November 8, 2019. Our first single from the record, Pieces, is available now.
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