Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each others playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they loved. That philosophy continues today and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.
Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band asthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and the Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2000+ shows the band has performed in the last 15 years, yet covers only pepper the bands hefty catalog of original material stemming from five studio albums and other unreleased crowd favorites.
Dorian Anthony Alexander Tajbakhsh, better known as Dorian Taj, is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He made his first records with the hardcore punk band Articles of Faith, whom he joined just prior to the recording of their first album, “Give Thanks” produced by Bob Mould. Afterwards, he played in the local noise band, End Result, appearing on their lone release, a 12″ EP called “Ward” released on Steve Albini’s Ruthless label.. He later formed a rock band called “Wait For Light”. After living in Los Angeles for a time, the band returned to Chicago to record the debut Album at Phil Bonnet’s Solid Sound.After a European tour Wait For Light disbanded. D.T. eventually began performing with a band under his own name, the longest being the the Aaron Bakker, Tom Atteberry, Alex Moore/Danny Severson incarnation. Releasing the Puppet Record(Joe Irizarry, John Hiler sessions), The Tobacco Record(The Dave Trumfio sessions) , and The Hating Game(Dan Dietrick, Ed Tinley, Jeff Boyd sessions).The current band which features Anthony Rubino-guitar, justin Loftus-bass and Danny Severson-drums have finished the new album “Giant” which is now released (2014.)
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Spin.com “Sybris isn’t one of those bands with more guitar pedals than bright ideas. Having a sound is easy; Sybris has songs too, and catchy, well-crafted ones at that. The low-key “Blame it on Baseball” is a bloody valentine to early-’90s alternative rock, and “Breath Like You’re Dancing” sticks around just long enough to get stuck in your head before it explodes into cacophony. The echo isn’t there to obscure any compositional deficiencies, just to facilitate the spacey vibe. “Good Internal Clock,” the album’s climax, begins in Sybris’ native Chicago and winds up on Mars.” -Lane Brown