Taking prompts from 90’s post-grunge dirge heroes and modern emo revivalists, Altona’s sensible-yet-gutsy approach to songwriting frames, within sturdy arrangements, a zeal for clarity amid devastation, prudently fashioning music for those blindsided by the dark but fighting to stay in the light.
In July 2016, Altona began what should’ve been a brief hiatus. Following countless member departures and dwindling creative momentum, a general sense of disillusionment arose among remaining band members. To top it off, an invitation to play Canadian Music Week didn’t materialize when the band members were in a serious car accident en route to Toronto.
So, despite a successful 2015 EP release and Western Canadian touring, the group sank beneath the radar.
Nearly three years later, Altona is categorically firing on all cylinders once more. With an album due for release in early fall and a string of regional shows lined up this summer, the Vancouver indie/emo rockers – featuring members Adam Sharp, Connor MacDonald, Patrick Williams, and Thomas Nyte – are moving ever-forward with the recent past, vigorous and real, still in their eyeline.