Altamina is an indie-rock band from Montreal, Canada. The band is currently composed of François Graham (keys, lead vocals), Marco Gervais (guitars, back vocals), Roxanne Miller (Bass, back vocals) and Matt Davis (Drums). The band started out with Marco and François as an outlet for musical experimentation. Both members had been playing many years with the post-rock/alternative band Surface of Atlantic with 3 album releases and multiple songs in movies including “J'ai tué ma mère” (4 awards at Cannes
Festival in 2009).
Marco had been experimenting with electronic drum kits and fused with François’ large palate of synthesizers released an instrumental/electronic album in 2012 called Silver Landing in a Barren Band. The album was mainly recorded over the summer of 2012 in an long-distance fashion, with Marco tracking guitars and drums in Mont-St-Hilaire and most synths recorded by François in a house in Portugal he spent a lot of time while growing up called Altamina, which literally means “high mines” in Portuguese. The album was released digitally in October 2012 and received positive blog critiques and airplay on select Internet radios.
With newly added members Matt Davis and Roxanne Miller in 2014, the band started exploring new musical territories. They were fortunate to record at Hotel-2-Tango in the summer of 2015 with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade). Their album Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight was released on June 11th 2016 at the O Patro Vys in Montreal.
The band's second album Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight is wraught with classical-influenced piano flourishes, highly inventive and interesting bass lines, deep, synth-laden textures, airy guitar lines, and singer François Graham's dark baritone voice creating an uneasy tension that builds and breaks as each song progresses.
As evidenced by tracks like "Solstice", "Storm", "Drifter", "Light", and more, there is a pervasive theme throughout the record that gives off the feeling of a stormy gray night in a dark city. Lyrically, the songs are deeply contemplative and seem to ask questions and offer reflection guides about life, love, and loneliness. It's not all gloom though. The band credits "Telescope" as a "right there in your face" track that "carries more carelessness than the rest of the album, in a good way". But one word is used routinely to describe the album: solace. Altamina is keen on using the peaceful nature that surrounds us all to find the beauty in the world, the flower growing between the cracks in pavement, even on a stormy gray night in a dark city.