A Chat with alberta premium (25.01.21)

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, alberta premium brings stoner rock, metal and alternative rock together in a fuzzy ambience. We speak to the duo about their EP i wish i never started smoking, phobias, discovering new music and future plans.

OSR: How did alberta premium come about?

alberta premium: One night we were hanging out smoking cannabis and there was a new fuzz pedal in the house and it met an 8-string guitar and things sounded righteous, so we said: “let’s make a band that sounds buff.”

OSR: What can you tell us about the EP i wish i never started smoking?

alberta premium: First of all, don’t start smoking. It’s so expensive. The EP is five songs with maybe ten riffs and we wrote the whole over a weekend. It all happened so quickly that we don’t really know what the songs sound like. What can you tell us about the EP?

OSR: If you could change one thing about the EP what would it be?

alberta premium: Where do I begin? Probably want to do it over again, but I guess we’ll just have to do another EP.

OSR: What is your creative process?

alberta premium: Sativa and chatting and then we hear melodies in our minds. The rest of the work is just translating the mind melody to real melody.

OSR: What inspires you to make music?

alberta premium: The feeling of an amp. The feeling of the table shaking when those low chords hit. A great vehicle to process trauma, fun and the memories it makes.

OSR: What do you hope people take from the EP?

alberta premium: That you should never start smoking.

OSR: Do you have any phobias?

alberta premium: Big groups, public spaces, going outside and feeling dead inside.

OSR: If you could travel to any country (when the pandemic is under control, of course), where would you go and why?

alberta premium: We got married in Covid and haven’t had a honeymoon, so maybe Vegas? Rent a V8, get some potato chips and pop. Cheap motel. West Coast burgs…yum!

OSR: What do you think is the best way to discover music nowadays?

alberta premium: Submit to the machine of curation.

OSR: Do you have any future plans?

alberta premium: Open a bar called I Shall Die Here and move to Montreal. Drive a 2007 Audi A8, be in love and make more tunes.

Thanks to alberta premium for chatting with us! You can find more about alberta premium on their Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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