Balto, Vacilando – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – December 30th, 2015

Balto, Vacilando



St. Even, Swansea

December, 30th, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$5.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Yes, like the dog. Balto is also a psychedelic Americana band from Portland, Oregon. Following an ill-fated six-month stint as a copy editor and telemarketer in Moscow, Russia, guitarist and songwriter Dan Sheron lost his marbles and went to Siberia, where he wrote a cycle of songs describing the life he’d decided to leave behind. That winter (2010), Balto laid those songs on its first record, October’s Road, in a single blustery day in a Brooklyn basement and went on to tour the United States for the first time.

Following a move to Portland, Oregon, the band released 2012’s follow-up, Monuments, and hit the road again, touring up and down the East and West Coasts and doing a couple, one-off performances in Central Asia.

Balto solidified its line-up in 2014 as a rag-tag five-piece rock’n’roll band – electric guitars and Hammond organs, chiming acoustic guitars and the occasional Bonzo flourish, all held down by a retired fighter with a deep admiration for James Jamerson. Balto, throwing TVs out of motel windows since 2010.
VACILANDO earns comparisons to Low's slowcore, Cowboy Junkies' prairie solitude, and Califone's art-school deconstructionism. “a slow and gorgeous affair, with folk and calico-country tones intersecting with long, groaning hums that sound like steel rails vibrating long after the train has pulled out of the station.” – Portland Mercury
“Stoned roots” "pristine, drugged-and-blighted Americana" "presses all the moody sad-sack buttons" – Willamette Week
“haunting, shape-shifting album of moody music that builds, growls and moves, slow and deep like dream themes with muted colors” – Southeast Examiner
"There is an undeniable old meets new quality to this music, and as such there are recognizable elements of indie rock, alternative, folk, and country throughout.. As far as Vacilando's music is concerned, the roads upon which it moves have been heavily traveled throughout the years, yet not in such a vehicle as theirs." – No Depression
“Equal parts mood piece and character sketch, Shepski’s songs blend the realism of Raymond Carver with the poetic brevity of Lydia Davis, adding in scrambled AM frequencies to disrupt any linear narrative belonging to the band’s atmospheric songs.” – Bucket Full of Nails
“dense soundscape that’s informed both by good old Americana and the more experimental side of Low.” “ this Portland project very much sounds like Nashville, if it had lots and lots of Portland’s rain.” - earthings
St. Even
St. Even (the nom de guerre of Steve Hefter)'s Spirit Animal-- described as "gentle but unsettled folk" by the Portland Mercury-- was hailed "a masterpiece" and named the # 2 local album of the year by Willamette Week in 2011.

Hefter, a Baltimore native, collaborated with many of Charm City's musical luminaries in previous projects prior to landing in Portland (including members of Oxes, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Wye Oak, Judd and Maggie, and Small Sur) in 2009.

2013 marks the release of St. Even's eponymous, second record via Party Damage Records. Gorbie International Records will release a beautiful canvas-encased limited edition of the album at The Secret Society on November 8th.
Swansea combines artful narratives and a sweeping, atmospheric sound with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness, and have been compared to bands such as LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie and Santigold. In 2012, the three-piece released their first full-length album, Old Blood, and completed two tours of the western United States.