Baltimore may not be known for much aside from crab cake and football, but you’re going to want Alto Verde to the list of Charm City’s up-and-comers. The trio plays muddy alternative rock that recalls the genre’s glory days in the ’90s. But beneath all the grit lies beautiful power-pop pearls. And it’s no coincidence that way back in the alt-rock boom era frontman Andy Bopp was signed to Interscope with his former pop-rock band Love Nut. When he wasn’t playing with that Baltimore band, Bopp was touring Europe and having his songs picked up by the likes of Buick for television commercials.
But Alto Verde isn’t the typical music you’d find in car adverts. Bopp and his bandmates Kristofor Heath (bass) and Nicholas Bertling (drums) have forgone the bubblegum for a moody and classically “rock” sound. sound. Since forming in 2009, the band has played alongside local B-more heroes like J-Roddy Walston And The Business, appeared on WFMU’s garage rock staple The Three Chord Monte and released a rollicking debut LP, Paper Clips, featuring stellar cuts like the chiming “Ammonia Coke,” and “Ariel,” which registers somewhere between the guitar acrobatics of the Who and the honeyed punk of Weezer. “Goodbye power pop world, I’ve done enough,” says Bopp. That’s right: with Alto Verde, Bopp is doing more and rocking harder.
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