I Am the Salt on Vinyl


We have a small run of our album I Am the Salt available for $18, which includes a digital download code and shipping. There are less than 50 left so if you’re interested in ordering one send an email to altamiraonline@gmail.com and we’ll help you from there.


Happy Apocalypse

Two websites have recently made us blush.  The kind folks at InYourSpeakers named I Am the Salt in their Top 50 Records of 2012 list; we’re stoked to be at #35 alongside some mighty talented acts:


And we were interviewed by Morgan Evans of Spacelab, who had some great questions for us:


Thanks everyone, we’re flattered!Press-Photo-collage-shad

Vinyl, etc.

We’re expecting our limited edition I Am the Salt vinyl to be shipped out any day now, holiday season mail traffic pending.  Half will be going to the very patient Kickstarter supporters who pre-ordered the damn thing before the songs were even halfway conceived (thanks again!).  The other half will be available for sale by email inquiry only (altamiraonline@gmail.com); limited pre-orders are available.  We’ll let you know when they’re here!

Our next venture will be The Rodeo Barons’ CD release party on Dec. 28, with our friends Pinegrove from NYC.  It will be at The Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs, NY at 8pm.  The Rodeo Barons’ new album has a song called “Good Enough” that may be better than our song of the same name!


Our recent Hurricane Sandy benefit at Red Square went swimmingly.  With the help of local fundraiser Sammy Morra and her team of prize basket assemblers, and contributing musicians Matt and the Bad Ideas, The Sunny Side of the Street Band, Matt Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos (who also happened to take the photos above), we raised over $900 for Red Cross to put toward disaster relief and collected lots of food and clothing to donate to shelters.  Big thanks to Design It Together, paperDENIMart, 97.7 WEXT and the ever-present Tim Reidy for donating prize material.

We’ll be taking a nice long break to re-energize and focus on our respective side projects in 2013.  For now, be sure to check out Rosary Beard, Hunter’s acoustic pairing with local legend Matthew Loiacono/Carefully, and folk extraordinaire Matt Durfee’s long awaited debut album Little World, with August and Tommy at the rhythmic helm, due out next year.  See you in the future!

O+ Festival

So excited about this! Check us at Stockade Tavern, Friday, 8 PM, 313 Fair Street  Kingston, NY.


Post-Tour and What’s Next

Thanks to everyone throughout the Northeast who let us sleep on their couches the past few weeks; we had a blast, especially in Pittsburgh and Buffalo!  We met some very talented (and nice) bands along the way: be sure to check out Pinegrove, Shores, The Eureka Birds, Aircraft and The Cost of Living, to name a few, the latter of whom could use your support here as well.  Also very nice to meet up with old friends Crinkle Face out in Boston.

In other news, we plan to start shooting a music video with Brent Singleton, who took the photo below at our homecoming show with fellow Albany locals Titanics.  More photos from our tour are up on the facebooks.


Most recently, we had the honor of opening up for the legendary Rare Earth and ’90s throwback Tonic at the Empire State Plaza yesterday!  Strange lineup, for sure, but a lot of fun.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve gotten a few requests for more information on Rosary Beard, Hunter’s new acoustic partnership with Albany music veteran Matthew Loiacono; their debut album Halfmoon Fever is already earning them praise, so check it out!

Best Indie Rock Band? Thanks Metroland!

Never ceasing in their flattery, Albany’s Metroland name us Best Indie Rock Band in their 2012 Best Of The Capital Region edition today.  Thanks!

“Alta Mira flipped the script when it came time to record their sophomore album, I Am the Salt. What, for most bands, proves a difficult task in simultaneously preserving what made the debut special while growing toward maturity, for Alta Mira came off like child’s play. Riding the noticeable influence of Radiohead and TV on the Radio, the quartet synthesized lush lyricism and harmonic textures with accessible melodies and a beat that won’t quit. Their upcoming Northeast tour will, no doubt, yield a growing following.”

Congrats as well to the rest of our friends who made the cut!


Northeast Tour Dates!

For full details click HERE:


Somerville / Albany

We have two kick ass shows coming up right in a row. Here’s a video flier for our show at Radio with The Hush Now and a plain Jane (but still cool) flier for the next night at Jack’s Place. 6/20 + 21

Listen Here

Last week, Albany’s Metroland wrote a really nice feature about us in their “Listen Here” section.  Thanks a whole bunch to Elyse, Josh, Julia and the rest of the Metroland crew for their fine work—we’re flattered!

Check out the article HERE!


Album Release + More Reactions

The album release went off without a hitch, thanks to our friends, family and fans.  Special thanks goes out to the following for being our personal heroes: Frank Moscowitz + Seamus McNulty for their sound expertise, Valentine’s humble crew for hosting the event, Ben KN and his magical band, Matt Durfee and his spider fingers, Matt Schoch’s artistic vision, and our very patient Kickstarter supporters (the vinyl will take a little while longer; we’ll keep you updated). Thanks as well to Albany’s Times Union, Schenectady’s Daily Gazette, Nippertown, Crumbs, Keep Albany Boring and All Over Albany for helping us spread the word.

The album is now available on our Bandcamp page, CD Baby, and Amazon.  It will be available on iTunes very soon…or so we were told.

In other news, I Am the Salt has been garnering more reactions since its release.  Check it:

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AND – Here’s the first full album review of IAtS from IYS!  Not bad at all!