Built Like Alaska is a five-piece rock band born in the sun annihilated Central Valley of California, landlocked between the Sierras and the Pacific Ocean. Residing in the small town of Oakdale, surrounded by rolling pastures, a cold river, and tiny hills, the band has developed their craft to reflect the scenery surrounding them. Bringing a rural perspective to sturdy rock songs, Built Like Alaska’s music has been said to conjure images both” warm and rich as the central valley sun” and as isolated as a “mic stand draped in cob webs and a wind chime hanging from a cow skull.”
After a year of touring to support 2005’s Autumnland, released on Future Farmer Recordings, the band hit a bit of a rough patch. There were many member changes and a lot of time spent dead in the water, but that gave the band the time to really develop and arrange the songs that make up In Troubled Times, the upcoming third release. In Troubled Times is the natural next step for the band. This record breaks away from the “indie rock” confinements that seem to be captivating the music industry, and harkens back to a time when musicians made good music together by simply playing together and not relying on the decorations and gimmicks that plague much of modern music.