Milwaukee's Albatross gets into the holiday spirit
Milwaukee band Albatross, recently profiled here on OnMilwaukee.com, has caught a case of Christmas fever and recorded a holiday tune of its own, "Christmas in Wisconsin."
The song is getting some spins on WLUM and WMSE and everyone that attends the band's Dec. 17 Christmas party gig at Senor Luna's will get a free CD of the tune.
"In late November I brought the idea to the band of doing our own original Christmas song and was very pleased that they were in favor of it," says guitarist Bob Lukomski. "We generally are more of a hard rock band, with a few pop songs for good measure."
Lukomski says the song captures the spirit and feel of Christmas in blustery Wisconsin.
"The song itself is filled with imagery of the Christmas season here in Wisconsin," says Lukomski, "although it could apply to some other places as well -- those that have snow.
"(Singer) Nicole (Szydlowski) even has a reference in the song to Candy Cane Lane, (although) without actually saying the name. This is a soothing, sit-by-the-fireside-with-your-girlfriend kind of song, and we are extremely pleased with how it's turned out."
Writing the song wasn't that hard, Lukomski says. But getting it onto tape was a little more challenging. Especially with a pretty obvious deadline looming.
"It took a bit of doing to find someone who could record us on short notice. We found such a person (Jeff Taylor), then wrote and recorded the song as quickly as possible and now have the song circulating in various radio stations."
If you can't make it to the holiday party, Lukomski says there are some free copies available at CD shops in the Milwaukee area.
Albatross' Web site is my.execpc.com/~agc.
Senor Luna's is located at 1901 S. Calhoun Rd. in New Berlin.
Matt said: From what I just read in all of the previous rants, I have one thing to say. All you people-get a life. Don't you have more important things to do? Albatross got written about because a lot of people (including critics) think they're good. If you don't, stay away from their shows. Simple. I've been in this business long enough to know that you don't get a write up in the local news because you "know" somebody. (Unless you're Kevin Brandt-but then he sucks anyway-just my opinion) Jealousy will get you nowhere, so quit complaining, and go see a band-any band. If you would spend as much time going out and seeing different bands than you do writing ignorant comments about a band you never heard, your time would be well spent. Albatross (or any other band, for that matter) does not, or will ever appeal to everyone. Now go do something constructive, like maybe taking guitar lessons. Not so easy, is it?
2 Cents said: People can say whatever they wish about any band that's out there, after all, music is in the ear of the beholder, isn't it? And that's ok. It does sound, however, like some of these comments came from people in other local bands that are maybe just a little bit jealous that Albatross got a break with this article?? Rather than rip on another band, I think their time could have been more productively spent making an EFFORT to get their own band written up on this website. Maybe that's why we are not reading about THEIR band. In general, I have noticed a recent movement of local musicians and bands supporting each other to try to make something of the local music scene. That is positive and good. Unfortunately, some of the commentary here are the exceptions. Way to go "thetruth", et al. :( And good job Albtross for making the effort. :) Just my 2 cents and I'm sticking to it.
fitzgeraldQ said: its too bad people feel the need to criticize a band they have never seen or heard just because of a picture~it must be nice to be perfect :oP
CHRIS said: I give props to any musician who is doing what they love to do... Why down a band for just trying to do what they love....Milwaukee Bands didn't kill local music....PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MILWAUKEE KILLED LOCAL MUSIC......
Vegaas said: Oh come one McKrackin, you know you are even more curious now! And to set the record straight, I said I play for myself and others who enjoy the music. My comment came from people ripping us for doing an original Christmas song, and they havent even heard it yet. By the way, there is free food at the show, so how can you beat that?
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