Web exclusive: Alpine talks about tonight's Twilight Show with Empire of the Sun
Published: September 9, 2013 11:05AM
Updated: August 29, 2013 07:27PM
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Both Twilight Concert Series headliner Empire of The Sun and opener Alpine have been in Salt Lake City for a few days, as both Australian bands flew here as they begin to begin their tour of North American together.

That's why there are reports of one of the Empire frontmen getting a haircut at a Salt Lake salon, and the red-haired singer from pop ensemble Alpine told The Tribune Wednesday that the night before, the band dined at Red Iguana — recommended not by another band (as bands have been known to do), but by her brother, who travels to Salt Lake on occasion. Phoebe Baker asked The Tribune what it recommended they do on Wednesday, and likely visited Temple Square and the Natural History Museum of Utah (and the latter's highlight, the creepy but fascinating skull exhibit).

Thursday night, Alpine will open the show at Pioneer Park at 7 p.m.

The rock-influenced pop band has been racking up notice in not only Rolling Stone but also the normally staid Time magazine, and its debut album "A is for Alpine" was recently named iTunes' Australian Alternative Album of the Year. With airy, almost ethereal vocals from Baker and a fellow female singer, the band sounds more like it hails from Scandinavia with its infectious pop music.

When told that the previous two Twilight concerts each drew more than 40,000 people, Baker seemed a little overwhelmed, but excited. "You want to create intimacy," she said, "but how do you create that kind of intimacy when there are so many people?"

Baker regained her senses, and assured The Tribune that her band would be at the top of its game, especially when warming up the crowd for a band that has become a sensation Down Under, Empire of the Sun, which has been earning raves for its incendiary live show. "It's important to share music with the world," she said.

As for the band's future, Baker said the band is driven. "We're very open to everything," she said. "We're open to wherever the sound takes us."

When: Tonight at 7 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City
Tickets: $5 at gate