An energetic blend of new-wave and heavy progressive rock, Four Stroke Baron aspires to bring forth a lively and refreshing new voice to the music scene. Though comprised of only three members — Kirk Witt on guitars and vocals, Matt Vallarino on drums, and Keegan Ferrari on bass — the group manages to craft massive and immersive soundscapes juxtaposed over catchy, pop-like song structures. It is this penchant for blending familiar sounds and styles into something altogether new that has allowed the band to undergo a dramatic metamorphosis from its founding members improvising in a shed outside of Reno, Nevada, to preparing for the debut of their second full-length album, “Planet Silver Screen,” on Prosthetic Records.
While their beginnings were humble in 2011, reactions to the group have always exhibited an air of positivity and excitement. The band’s introductory self-titled EP was released in January of 2014 and nearly flew under the radar, but not before catching the eye of internet-metal extraordinaire Ben Sharp, aka Cloudkicker. After being featured on Cloudkicker’s blog, interest began to grow for a follow-up release and those in Four Stroke Baron began to take matters more seriously. Their next endeavor, a full-length titled “King Radio,” was released December 23rd, 2015 to substantially more fanfare and acclaim. Sputnik Music claimed in an album review, “Simply put, Four Stroke Baron is a band that defies categorization. Their choruses are simultaneously abrasive and soothing, the riffs bring to mind both Mastodon and Rush…,” and, “Four Stroke Baron is weird, and fun, and bizarre, and hooky, and crazy, and they will be on repeat for a very long time.” It was this album that later caught the attention of Prosthetic Records, who swiftly offered an opportunity to join their prestigious roster. The trio did not require much in the way of convincing.
With such a wealth of positivity and encouragement fueling the band, Four Stroke Baron set out to produce their biggest and most ambitious record yet for their label debut. Recorded over the majority of 2017, “Planet Silver Screen” is an amalgamation of all the band has come to represent musically thus far, while also pushing themselves into previously uncharted sonic territories. From having their hardest-hitting riffs to date, having a guest saxophone solo by blackjazz rebel Jørgen Munkeby of Shining (NOR), to having a full-blown stop motion animation music video for their debut single, Four Stroke Baron have truly stepped up their game and show no sign of slowing down.
Kirk Witt - guitars and vocals
Matt Vallarino - drums
Keegan Ferrari - bass