First/Last-Falling Andes

July 21, 2012

“Appearing on Indie Rock Café’s list of Best Songs of 2011 and described as a band to watch, Falling Andes is a 5-piece American indie alternative rock band formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in winter 2011. The group is composed of Dan Peluso (guitar, keyboards, lead vocals), Jordan Wood (keyboards, backing vocals), new addition / chick drummer Toni Crough (percussion), Mike Boyer (lead guitar), and Mike Radage (electric bass). The music of Falling Andes is a comfortable-yet-boundary-pushing fit with the new wave of 80s-inspired throwback but more-meaningful-this-time-around-we-swear synthpop and has been described as “catchy” with “easily digestible hooks … with a flavor all their own.”

The band plays it’s first show of the summer tonight at Brillobox with Balloon Fantasy Ride and Mike Cali on the bill. My thanks to vocalist Dan Peluso (his views, not the band’s) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • “Led Zeppelin II”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Florence & the Machine, “Ceremonials”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Hard to pick one, but I’ll go with Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” for a classic one. More recently I really love Cults self titled album on vinyl. It’s really good from beginning to end.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • I’ve been disappointed in a lot of albums, but can’t think of one in particular at the moment that I would call out.
  • First concert attended?
  • Pretty sure it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in concert. Haha, no joke!
  • Last concert?
  • Modest Mouse.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • This is a weird list, but it’s really hard to choose. I would put Incubus, Allman Brothers, and Wang Chung up there as some of the most enjoyable concerts I’ve been too.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Fall Out Boy and Innerpartysystem.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Pittsburgh’s a great city. We love our fans here!

Thanks, Dan. TNMT? Live? What even was that?