Posted January 15, 2015 by Tim Stout in Miscellaneous

Tango Alpha Tango // Live From The Crystal Ballroom


You’ll find Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango’s sound right at the confluence of where blues, rock & roll, and psychedelia come together– that gritty, swampy sound that 60s bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream made so famous and more recently bands like the Black Keys and the Raconteurs have shown a knack for thriving on the dirtier, bluesier side of psychedelic rock as well.

The band got together early in 2014 to record a live record at the Crystal Ballroom in front of a raging, rollicking attendance of… zero (well, aside from the recording crew, of course). The concept of recording a live record with no audience is certainly against the grain, but what it does is it gives you, the listener, the ability to put yourself there, on the spring-loaded floors of your mind. A concert for just you. Pretty cool, really.

When I asked Nathan Trueb (guitar, vocals) why the decision to record and release a live album this way, he said:

We wanted to have more control of the sound of the recording, and the look of the video so we decided to do it without an audience. The audience would be each individual watching at home; whether near or far we wanted everyone to be able to experience our live show, or one incarnation of it.

Below you can listen to our favorite track from the new record, “In My Time of Dying.”

Live From the Crystal Ballroom is a 6-song live release that is available now on Soundcloud, and will be out everywhere on  Jan. 20th.  They will be playing the Doug Fir on Feb. 21st, along with Old Wave and Us Lights. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.



    IMHO you’ve got the right anewsr!


    You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it better.

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