Damn Tall Buildings Premieres LATE JULY At The Boot, New LP Out 6/7
Brooklyn-based four-piece Damn Tall Buildings is set to release their new LP, Don't Look Down which is due out June 7, 2019; the album, produced by Dan Cardinal (Darlingside, Lula Wiles, Josh Ritter) is a statement of reconnection. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, the four began busking on street corners, which has been a huge and lasting influence on their captivating performance style. After going their separate ways after school and attempting to make things work from their various locations, the group collectively resettled in Brooklyn where they're making waves with their unique brand of music they call "guerilla roots."
This week, the album's lead single "Late July" premiered at The Boot, which described the song as a "driving, yet lighthearted, meditation on tough times and loss." "Late July" is one of 13 gems housed on Don't Look Down awash in soaring fiddle licks, fierce banjo rolls, and goosebump-inducing four-part harmony.
Whether live or on record, the band still radiates the energy of a ragtag crew of music students playing bluegrass on the street. But, that energy is anchored by their instrumental chops, their strong songwriting, and their varied influences that stretch beyond bluegrass, even beyond American roots music altogether. Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into high-spirited harmony, Damn Tall Buildings are a tight unit that contains more than the sum of its parts.
d like four individual voices joined together in celebration, not a perfectly polished machine. Their choruses are the kind you sing along to with a glass raised into the air. Their lyrics find beauty and glory in the mundane, workaday struggle of everyday life: time keeps passing, you don't like your job, you drink too much, you laugh with your friends, nPrimary vocalist and lyricist Max Capistran's singing recalls old blues and The Band-style roots-rock, whereas Sasha Dubyk's time studying musical theater is evident in her rich vocal tone and soulful flair. The interplay between Avery Ballotta's fiddle and Jordan Alleman's banjo brings stratospheric dimension to the churning rhythm section of Capistran's guitar and Dubyk's bass. The band's harmony singing is tight without being too slick - they souyou search for a home, and you dream about what else might be out there. You carry on. This is what Damn Tall Buildings sings about, what they seek to share with their audience. The band will perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn on February 28th, click HERE for more information.
Photo Credit: Scott McCormick