Poro is a musical project based outside of Cleveland, Ohio, created by Mark Porostosky, present multi-instrumentalist in The Lighthouse and the Whaler. Mark is joined by fellow Lighthouse bandmate Ryan Walker (bass, banjo) and Thomas Ulle (drums). Together they create a sensitive and unique version of melodic acoustic-pop that could be compared to the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Copeland and Gregory Alan Isakov.
After six years of writing and touring with The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Mark’s ambition to create music has only grown stronger, though the proper outlet for a new, acoustic project was never clear. It was made apparent in when Mark met Thomas, both working as house painters. Their earliest practices were during their lunch breaks, which proved a much more fruitful endeavor than literally watching paint dry. In the fall of 2015 they were joined by Ryan as they started to play shows in Cleveland.
In the winter of 2016, Poro self-recorded its first EP, ‘Treat Yourself’, in Mark’s childhood bedroom, before traveling to upstate New York to mix it with Chris Hansen (Matt Pond PA). The EP reflects the honesty and sincerity of a DIY approach while maintaining the sonic quality Mark honed in The Lighthouse and the Whaler.