First/Last – Milpool

December 13, 2019

Milpool is a Pittsburgh based punk quintet led by Bobby Smith (Guitar/Vocals). He also happens to run the DIY label Lemon Tree Records and will be performing next week on Friday, December 20th at McGarvey’s Bar in Altoona, PA along with The Snipped and E.N.D. I want to thank Bobby for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Smash Mouth Fush Yu Mang and I am weirdly proud of that. That album rules!

Your last album bought?
I don’t buy full albums nearly as often as I should, but my most recent purchase was probably PUP The Dream is Over.

Favorite album of all time?
Bouncing Souls How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Smash Mouth Astro Lounge. This album and all subsequent music was so bad that it makes people laugh at the idea of Fush Yu Mang being a good album. But it really is!

First concert attended?
Cold and Dope at the Crowbar in State College, PA. I was never a huge metal head (though I did love System of a Down and Soulfly) but my older sister and her friends were metal heads. Which is why this was my first show ever. Shortly followed by a System of a Down concert.

Last concert?
Most recently I saw Booze Radly and Danvers at 222 Ormsby. Trying to go to and book more local shows, but it’s not always easy while living the dad life. We need more matinee punk shows for parents to attend and even bring their kids. Start ‘em young and all that.

Favorite concert ever?
Back in like 2001 I saw The Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, International Noise Conspiracy, and Common Rider as part of the Plea for Peace/Take Action Tour

Least favorite concert?
I don’t know, I went to Lollapalooza once. But in general a bad concert is typically better than a good anything else.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
PGH is interesting because it’s not a huge city but there are so many shows in any given week! Always of varying genres too. I am hoping to be able to be a small part of what makes PGH so fun and diverse musically!

Thanks, Bobby. I cannot imagine what it takes to run a record label. Seriously, you have to inherently love what you are doing to be able to maintain it. Kind of like a music blog…

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