Denver's The Baltic has been on our radar since the members started making music together as teenagers. The quartet had a big 2016: They signed a new record deal and performed at Red Rocks for the "Film On The Rocks" concert series.

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​The band members -- now all attending different colleges -- recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2014. They played some new, unreleased music and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about signing to Misra Records, writing music via email and their first live performance in sixth grade.

Stream the session and watch The Baltic perform "Millions" above. Interview highlights:

Guitarist and vocalist Adam Dankowski on his first live performance with Baltic co-founder and drummer Graham Epstein:

"It was battle of the bands ,... I played the same riff for like seven minutes. And then our lead singer started crying and left." 

Dankowski on the band's long-distance collaboration:

"It forces us to keep a very long-term mindset with it. Which is kind of beneficial. Setting a plan for the future like that, you have to give yourself a lot of time to work on something."

Songs performed:

  • "Lapsing"
  • "Leather"
  • "Millions"