News: ALTO! on Vinyl; Record Release/Tour Kick-off Show

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know of my love of ALTO!, the two drummer, one guitarist combo that rumbles, screeches, growls, bleats, scrabbles, and sparks out energy better than, I’d say, any band in Portland. On record, the experience is mind-and-body-altering; live, it melts the whole person with the heat of a thousands suns.¬†Hyperbole, you say? Yes, but I stand by it, and offer up a couple of pieces of news so that you may join me in their fan club.

To begin with, the band is self-releasing – via guitarist Derek Monypeny’s Raheem Records imprint – their debut, self-titled album on vinyl this month. It’s out now in an edition of 300, which you can pick up via their Bandcamp site, or…


You can catch ALTO! live at their vinyl release party, happening on July 10th at Ash St. Saloon. The band will be joined by a pair of fine local acts: Million Brazilians and Fred Meyer. The show is also a kickoff for ALTO!’s July tour of California. I can’t find dates anywhere online but once I do, I’ll add them here. Until then, enjoy a taste of the band’s live set via the YouTube clip below.


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