Balto | Born Astray

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Born Astray

by Balto

Unbridled, American Rock and Roll - steeped in the mythology of the great folk storytellers and the Motown groovers - biting cynicism, instant classics, rip-your-heart-out live energy, a willingness to swagger, shred hard, and live behind the beat
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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Balto is mercurial American roots music - song-driven rock’n’roll – a hair-raising live band from the Northwest – electric guitars and Hammond organs, dreamy walls of sound and the occasional Bonzo drum flourish. This is a band formed the old fashioned way – chance meetings through friends of friends - four life-long musicians fromaround the country, playing at the intersection of so many strands of indigenous American music – that tradition that runs from Son House to Sun Ra, from Mississippi John Hurt to the Alabama Shakes.

Balto came into being when Daniel Sheron abandoned his life in Moscow, Russia and went alone into Siberia. Against an ever-shifting backdrop of railways and desolate wastes, he wrote a cycle of songs to tell the story of what had happened in that strange country, why he had exiled himself, and why he thought it mattered. These songs became band’s debut LP, October’s Road, which was self-released in early 2011 to a growing chorus of blogs and listeners all over the world. The success of the group’s debut album and steadily growing audiences in Manhattan and Brooklyn led the band to tour across the US (including Alaska) and Canada and appear at multiple festivals. The sophomore album Monuments followed in the footsteps of the previous record while displaying and encouraging growth, both for the artists and the fanbase. Balto’s unique sound combines elements of folk, rock, funk, and Americana, placing them in the company of contemporary groups such as Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Deer Tick.

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