Still, the songs were never written just to make a buck. Otherwise, you would have probably heard of Alamantra a long time ago. Alamantra does not fit neatly into a pigeon hole. The closest would probably be “American Traditional Rock” …but only if you’re willing to accept that rock traditionally has a jaded, jagged side. It isn’t perfect, and it isn’t supposed to be.
Alamantra pays homage to a broad range of sounds: classic & psychedelic rock, blues, groove, folk-rock and so on. There is a shameless sense of nostalgia in Alamantra’s work and they don’t play any music that doesn’t inspire us. Alamantra is not a “new” band. Theyare dedicated, seasoned musicians who are comfortable with our musical chemistry. They’ve been doing this awhile. Alamantra began in Birmingham, Alabama in 2000.
Rather, that was the year the music stopped changing its brand name every few years. Songwriter/Guitarist/Vocalist, Bobby Shiflett, had begun using the name, Alamantra, as early as 1995, for an online persona. The general meaning is derived from Ala (Latin for “wing” ) + mantra or “prayer.” “Alamantra” is a play on the phrase “a wing and a prayer;” which is certainly an apt description of how They've managed to last. Meet the band Over the years many wonderful Birmingham musicians have contributed to this endeavor and its predecessors. The same is true with Their most recent recorded effort, “Workingman’s Bread,” It draws its inspiration from a spirit of collaboration and features some of the incredible talent that Birmingham has to offer (see credits on http://alamantra.org/wmb).
The current lineup features: Bobby Shiflett: Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards Bobby is the songwriter/lyricist for Alamantra. He began playing guitar and writing songs around the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since. He had some formal training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and University of Montevallo, but describes himself as largely self-taught. His lyrics tend to be contemplative that tend toward the poetic. Steve Casteel: Guitar. Steve comes from a musical family and grew up in the Florence/Muscle Shoals area.
While growing up, he spent time in the studios around the area and sharpened his chops in touring bands like Radio Tokyo. He has hung out, roomed and played with people like Rob Malone (Fiddleworms, Drive-by Truckers). Steve is an intuitive, fluid guitarist, who is easy to play with. He and Bobby have been jamming together in one thing or another since the mid 1990s.
Alamantra’s secret ingredient is in the nearly seamless weaving of the guitars and Steve makes this possible. Brandon Allison: Drums. Alamantra’s original drummer was Bobby's brother, Ken Shiflett. He had played with the band since its official debut in 2000, and well beyond that back to 1993. In 2009 he scaled back his participation, though he occasionally sits in on percussion. The drums are the heartbeat of any band, and it took a while for Alamantra to find a new heart for its ancient spirit. In Brandon Allison they found just that.
At 32, Brandon is the youngest member of the band. Brandon, with his easy going demeanor and pocket drumming, has beat new life into the band. Rick Glaze: Bass, Vocals. Andrew ‘Drew’ Reid had played bass for Alamantra (and earlier projects) since 1993. When he left in 2009, it created a space in Alamantra that proved challenging to fill. Alamantra went through over a dozen talented musicians in the attempt.
Finally they found Rick Glaze. Rick is a gifted, experienced bass player and an strong vocalist. Though he is laid back and possessed with an indispensable sense of humor, he has stepped into the work with purpose, made it his own, been a real team player and taken on a lot of the vocals…for which the band is grateful. Epilogue Though the term “indie” has been reduced to being a misnomer, Alamantra truly is an indie band. From the beginning, it has been built on a DIY ethic.
In 2003, Alamantra helped to organize and present a series of shows in the Birmingham area to raise money and awareness for RAINN. (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network). In addition to Workingman’s Bread, Alamantra has released three other cds: Nu 2 U in 2000 (out of print), Alamantra: 2004 (out of print), and By Turns in 2009 (out of print, scheduled to be reissued in Fall of 2012). Alamantra’s instrumental surf rock song, Surf Babe (By Turns) has been featured more than once on German National Television …Wir warten immer noch auf die Lizenzgebühren, meine guten Freunde. Thanks for reading! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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