birnCORE Releases Album by Alumni Damn Tall Buildings Recorded Live at Berklee

By 
Margot Edwards
May 2, 2017
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Boston-based, all-acoustic guerrilla roots alumni band Damn Tall Buildings releases its new album, Good Enough!, May 19 on birnCORE, the Berklee Internet Radio Network's (BIRN) record label. The album, recorded live at the Red Room at Cafe 939 on April 22, 2016, showcases the band’s lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves in a high-energy set.

birnCORE gives Berklee students the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of operating an independent record label. Students engineered the Damn Tall Buildings performance that was broadcast live on the BIRN, mixed the recordings for the album release, designed the artwork, and edited performance videos.

Damn Tall Buildings comprises Berklee alumni Max Capistran '14 (vocals/guitar), Avery 'Montana' Ballotta '14 (vocals/fiddle), Jordan Alleman B.M. '16 (vocals/banjo), and Sasha Dubyk B.M. '15 (vocals/bass). While their instrumentation is bluegrass-based, they are not bound to the genre. Their songs about love and ramblin’ help listeners forget their troubles and slip away into their up-tempo, hobo-anthems.

"We always have a great time at the Red Room at Cafe 939 and we're so happy to share some of our live show with the world," said Ballotta. "Big thanks to everyone at birnCORE and Berklee for helping make this record a reality."

Stream the first two tracks of Good Enough! on SoundCloud.

The band celebrates the release of Good Enough! at Bluegrass and Beyond: A Night of Americana Music, on Saturday, May 13, 8:00 p.m., at Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford, Massachusetts. The event also features fellow alumni Honeysuckle and Aurora Birch. For tickets and information, visit ChevalierTheatre.com

The group was born in 2013 busking on Boston’s Newbury Street, where the dynamic quartet formed the foundation for its fully immersive and truly electrifying performances. Damn Tall Building’s robust tour schedule has brought them to festivals across the U.S., including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Vinegrass, and FreshGrass (where they earned second place in the band competition). While touring, they've shared the stage with the California Honeydrops, the Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Gangstagrass, and many more.

Good Enough! is Damn Tall Building’s third release, following its self-titled 2015 EP, and a 2014 debut full length. Released at a sold-out show at the legendary Club Passim, Damn Tall Buildings quickly bolstered the band’s success on a national level with appearances at major festivals. Its debut album, Cure-All, successfully captured the band’s unparalleled energy created in a live setting. 

The Berklee Internet Radio Network's BIRN Cooperative Recordings (birnCORE) is an independent record label created to emphasize performance, musicianship, and collaboration at one of the world's premier music colleges. birnCORE records and releases live music from some of today's best independent artists. The label’s releases have included Club d’Elf, Matador, Brooke Waggoner, and Jesca Hoop.

Watch Damn Tall Buildings perform "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" live at Berklee: