We had the opportunity to talk with the fast-rising band ALBORN who are making waves in the industry. They’re hitting the road with Powerman 5000 and have a new EP out right now. You can find their upcoming tour dates at the bottom of the page.
RYR: Hey guys, let’s start with your background, where are you based out of and how did you guys get Alborn together?
-We are all from the Quad Cities/Rockford area in Illinois. The remaining founding members are Justin and Raser, who have known each other their whole lives, as their fathers played in bands together so the music was present from an early age. The band started out as a cover band, but quickly turned into all originals in 2018, and have been the current lineup since early 2019. They discovered both Zame and Nate from other bands in our area that they took a liking to and those guys stuck out as excellent musicians like “We need them with us”.
RYR: The EP “Push” is killer, your bio describes you as “unique, hard and melodic”. That’s actually a pretty good description but can you expand on that in more detail?
-Thank you! We try not to stick to a certain formula when writing. We just let the flow go, so naturally our songs come out very dynamic. Some songs will have some of the softest, vibe-y parts we’ve written, followed by a massive heavy breakdown. So, we think just the way we write and compose really brings in that organic feel.
RYR: As far as content goes, where is the band coming from lyrically, there’s so much going on in the world are you able to narrow it down and find your “voice” so to speak?
-There’s inspiration everywhere, we really don’t follow a specific formula. Sometimes personal experience, other times it’s about something that has nothing to do with us. Hell, sometimes we have most of the lyrics done before we’ve even come up with a meaning for them haha.
RYR: This is your second EP and you’ve already opened for a bunch of big names and will be hitting the road with Powerman 5000, that’s an impressive start, how did this tour come about and are you looking at bigger tours/festivals later this year?
-We recently started a professional relationship with Pavement Entertainment, and they were the middlemen for the tour offer getting to us. It was one of many that we’ve submitted for, and we were lucky enough to be chosen. Once this one gets done, we will absolutely be looking for the next opportunity to get back out there.
RYR: You guys started around 2016 and put your EP out in 2020 right around the pandemic when the world was turned upside down. How did the band navigate through that mess?
-Man it was tough. There was a lot of down time since nobody was playing shows, so we pretty much cooped up and wrote as much music as we could, as we were at the mercy of the world to decide when we were going to be able to get back out there again. It was tough but there are always things to be done behind the scenes to improve the band so we took advantage of that time.
RYR: Guys, I mean this from the bottom of my heart that you have an extremely marketable sound, that’s my business opinion. In my personal opinion I can tell you guys are very sincere about what you do and that’s what attracted me to the songs. I wish you the best and (no pressure lol) but I expect big things from you guys. Is there anything you’d like to add or say to fans and how can we find you to hear more?
-Thank you very much for having us and for the kind words! We are on all major social media services (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and our music is available on all major streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.) as well. Be sure to check out our website (www.albornmusic.com) and take a peek at the merchandise we have available!
In March 2023, Alborn will hit the road for 18 days providing direct support to Powerman 5000 while Alborn’s new single, “Push” will be impacting radio at that same time.
Stay tuned to albornmusic.com for all things Alborn.
2/22 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
2/24 – Davenport, IA – Redstone Room
w/ Powerman 5000
3/1 – Destin, FL – Club LA
3/2 – Satellite Beach, FL – Wynfield’s Sports Bar
3/3 – Longwood, FL – Shovelhead Lounge
3/4 – Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug
3/5 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits Live
3/6 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans Music Hall
3/8 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
3/9 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
3/10 – Dubuque, IA – Q Casino
3/11 – Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
3/12 – Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre AC
3/13 – Hobart, IN – The Hobart Theater
3/16 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
3/17 – Dallas, TX – Trees
3/18 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
4/15 – Iowa City, IA – Elray’s Live & Dive