The Strokes (probably my favorite band so far) released their first album, This is It, in 2001. They were formed in 1998 and consist of Julian Casablancas with lead vocals, Albert Hammond, Jr. on rhythm guitar, Nick Valensi on guitar and keyboard and Fabrizio Moretti on drums. The Strokes is ranked number 8 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time. The Strokes are probably part of the reason I’m so interested in alternative music, though, admittedly, I do think that their newest album, Future Present Past EP, is not as good as their earlier work. Fun fact: Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes is the son of singer-songwriter Albert Hammond, and does his own solo work. He released his first album, Yours to Keep in 2006. As for The Strokes, they’ve currently sold over 5 million albums. You can check out their song, “Reptilia” below!
This is currently one of my favorite bands! I saw them play at Summerfest, and they sound just as good live as they do in the studio versions of their songs (completely unbiased opinion). Young the Giant (Formerly known as The Jakes) released their first album in 2010. The band consists of front-man Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata on guitar, Francois Comtois on the drums and Payam Doostzadeh on bass. Their albums include Young the Giant, Mind Over Matter and Home of the Strange. Their most popular song is most likely “My Body,” followed by “Cough Syrup.” What I find interesting about this band is, if you look up their songs on YouTube, you will find “In The Open” versions along with their regular studio versions. These versions feature the band literally outside, “in the open,” playing live versions of their music, often in good acoustic environments or on picturesque landscapes. I found that I enjoy this version of some of their songs better than the studio version. Check out their song, “Cough Syrup” below!
Welcome to The Alt Corner! My name is Jordan, and I’m writing this blog for guitarists who are interested in alternative music. I’ve found that certain artists and songs can be hard to find tutorials/tabs for, so I’m not only going to be providing a background and music from different artists, but also some tabs and tutorials for their music as well. If I can’t find any tabs or tutorials for the artist/song, I’ll make them myself and post them here. I hope you enjoy the blog, and maybe find a new artist that you like!