First/Last-House & Hawk

February 13, 2014

Check out the band on Facebook. As a music blogger I am regularly trolling one of my favorite sites BandCamp for any new and exciting bands, especially from Pittsburgh. I recently stumbled upon this ‘lo-fi experimental indie jangle pop-punk’ duo that absolutely blew me away as soon as I heard them. Upon contacting the guys, I discovered that they are a studio band mainly and do not play live. Their latest releases, the fantastic self-titled full length and the more recent “Muddle” EP are out via Heavy River Record Company. They are working on new music as I write this, slated to be released later this year. My sincere thanks to Steve Neinhauser (Multi-Instruments) and Alexander Strung (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Steve: R.E.M. “Out of Time”. I remember listening to that album non-stop as a kid and loving it but also being afraid of KRS-One’s rapping on ‘Radio Song’. It made no sense to me as a kid and it still doesn’t make sense now.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Steve: “Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes”.
  • Alex: Eurythmics “Savage”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Steve: “Hex” by Bark Psychosis.
  • Alex: “Sign ‘o’ the Times”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Steve: Without thinking too hard about it I think I can say it was probably something that Oasis did. “Champagne Supernova” is my kryptonite.
  • Alex: “Abbey Road”.
  • First concert attended?
  • Steve: Huey Lewis & The News. Three Rivers Stadium.
  • Alex: Prince/
  • Last concert?
  • Steve: My Bloody Valentine.
  • Alex: The Gifted Children.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Steve: Wire in 2011. Close runner up being the first time I saw Guided By Voices on their reunion tour. That was really, really fun.
  • Alex: Wu-Tang Clan.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Steve: of Montreal.
  • Alex: Belle and Sebastian.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Steve: I’m excited that we’ve got a totally revitalized arts and cultural scene going and that young people are finally sticking around! Now if we can only get some decent public transportation we’d be cooking with gas!
  • Alex: Beautiful town.
  • Thanks, fellas. Very stoked to say the least to find your music. Can’t wait to hear more!