Defeater vocalist to release solo album under the name Alcoa, song previews available

Defeater vocalist Derek Archambault has announced that he will release his debut solo album under the name Alcoa through Bridge Nine Records this year.

The project began in 2002 when he was on tour with another band and he was listening to artists like Gram Parsons, Elliot Smith, Johnny Cash, Rocky Votolato, and Ryan Adams and “…wanted so badly to be able to write songs like that. I didn’t know how to at all, but it didn’t stop me from trying and churning out a bunch of shitty songs that I was too afraid to sing. One day, while driving through Alcoa, TN, I decided on the name and started the process of figuring out how to not write a loud punk or four-chord jangly pop song.”

In early spring of 2012, Derek started recording the Alcoa full-length in and around Portsmouth, NH. He, along with Aaron Neveu, started laying down these tracks that are set to become Alcoa’s soon-to-be titled LP. “Aaron and I are both big fans of 60’s soul recordings and what the Dap-Tone label has done in the last ten years, so we wanted to give it a shot and have it sound like something between those and Springsteen’s Wild, Innocent… record”, he said. While the album is still being finished, there are plans to have instrumentation such as upright bass, banjo, fiddle, pedal steel and piano/organ, with some more surprises thrown in along the way. Jay Maas of Getaway Recording (also of Defeater), will be at the helm for recording vocal tracks and mastering. This debut album will feature eleven tracks plus b-sides and has “…a few songs I’ve been fucking around with for the past few years, and the rest is new stuff written specifically for this record. I wanted to try out what it would be like to be a real band, so I wrote as we’ve been recording it.” He continued, “I hope I don’t hate it in ten years… or in a year for that matter. Specifically, I hope I can just grow from here.”

“I want to play house shows, halls, D.I.Y. tours, play with friends’ bands. I don’t expect much – I just want to put together a band of good friends, get in a van with some more, and play in front of the rest. That’ll make me happy.” He continued, “I’ve been telling myself for about ten years that I’m going to put out a record under the Alcoa moniker, and now that I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with my voice, it seemed like now was as good a time as ever. It took me eight or nine years to write a bunch of songs no one will ever hear and only play a handful of shows to finally get my act together.”


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