Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic guerrilla roots band from Boston, Massachusetts. While their instrumentation is that of bluegrass, they are not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, their songs about love and ramblin’ help to forget the everyday troubles and slip away into their up-tempo hobo-anthems. With members from all around the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is truthful combination of four-different people branding their influences into a single sound.
Alternative folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, Alan Getto recently announced his debut album, Versus, due out August 2017.
Inspired by paradoxical elements of life and examining his own transition into his current lifestyle, Getto finds a perfect balance between various dualities through his artistic expression. Having recently relocated from Brooklyn to an unfinished farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, Versus presents Getto's personal confrontation with his own ambivalence. The album intentionally plays with cliché oppositions such as nature vs. the city, good vs. bad, and male vs. female. One can’t exist without the other, and for anything to exist, there must be a degree of conflict: the “versus."
Getto's guitar-driven, simple melodies act as a backbone for the lyrical emphasis in his music. Having studied literature and philosophy in college, his lyrics pay homage to these intense, existential topics, but with a unique, irreverent spin. Tracks, "Soap In My Whiskey," and "It's Fine; You're Ugly," present Getto's blunt voice and narrative, with gorgeous melodies and organic, roots-y instrumentals. Getto is inspired by rock, blues and folk legends, such as Tom Waits and The Band, and newer folk artists including, Steve Gunn, Lady Lamb, The Tallest Man On Earth and Deer Tick.
Once Getto had the concept, which was embodied by Leah Blanchette’s cover art, he enlisted friends to play on the album: three out of four members of the Boston “guerilla roots” band Damn Tall Buildings, along with cellist Kurt Villiard, drummer Tim Maxwell and pianist Jeff Davison.
Having previously released a live EP, All Different Times, Versus is the first full-length body of work to be released by Getto. Ways to listen, watch, and more, can be found at alangetto.com.