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Alter The Press! Presents: Saddles

Charles Barth aka Saddles grew up playing hardcore shows before becoming tired with that scene. Barth decided to make a change, one which would lead to forming Saddles, a heavily-acoustic indie rock project that sees comparisons to City and Colour, as he produces passionate songs with a stripped base, that allows his captivating lyrics to stand out proud.

With an EP in the works and tracks like 'War' and 'Follies' showing Saddles brilliant talent, he is definitely one to look out for.

For Fans Of: Dear and the Headlights, Manchester Orchestra and City and Colour.

Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
Saddles: Saddles is different. We pride ourselves on being difficult to categorize, but not just for the sake of being a novelty. Honesty is rare these days, but it's key. In fact, the only thing more important to me than being honest is being relatable and I think that sounding a little different than anything else is a benefit of my adherence to both of those ideals. So, ATP! readers should check us out because we're probably not anything like what they're used to, and definitely nothing like what they're tired of, but we're most likely something they're ready for.

ATP: What's the story behind the band?
Saddles: I cut my teeth in the music scene playing hardcore all over my home town. I was tired of playing show after show with the same few bands, so I decided to do something radically different. I had been noodling around with some parts on my acoustic guitar for a while when I saw a movie called There Will Be Blood. I felt so inspired by the feel the movie conveyed. It had this dark and ominous tone, but also a sense of classic Americana. I wanted to try to communicate those same things but through music. I recorded an EP and played lots of shows as an acoustic act before finally asking this great group of guys I have now to join me. So, now when we get onstage, I get to say, "we're Saddles" instead of "I'm Saddles" which was always kind of awkward, as you can imagine.

ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
Saddles: This past winter, we took a trip to a forest town in northern Arizona to play for a small group of kids in a strange dance club for teens. Not only was the show a blast, but we met some great people who let us stay with them in their amazing mansion of a cabin and we turned it into a party! We laughed and danced all night and it made me so thrilled to have the chance to be on the road with this group of guys and made me so excited for all the tours to come.

ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
Saddles: Merciless, tyrannical control of the world. But before that, we're releasing an EP that I recorded with local producers George White and Cory Spotts (blessthefall, Job for a Cowboy, The Maine, Greeley Estates). After that we're just going to be getting on the road and playing as many shows as possible... and, you know, taking over the world.

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