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Ladyfest Day One with Liss Victory, The Park Plan, The Fuckies, Sleepy Kitty, The Mud City Manglers and Bunny Five Coat at Howler’s on Friday, July 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PALiss Victory









The Park Plan









The Fuckies












Sleepy Kitty








The Mud City Manglers










Bunny Five Coat












“Liss Victory uses her music as a force against the struggle. Playing a grungy guitar rhythm paired with thought-provoking lyrics, she writes “hurricane-voiced songs that can be dark, but not necessarily bleak.” Her work reflects a Middle American background, growing up in the shadows of a withering industrial Pennsylvania during the longest war in United States history.”

Liss Victory is a post-rocker who fronts The Graveyard Orchestra. She is also wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign in a few days to fund the production of a 7″ featuring two new songs, ‘Kodachrome Heart’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. She has about $150 to go to ‘stretch’ her goal to add some more vinyl copies to the be available to the public. I want to thank her for participating in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

“Savage Garden”, self-titled album, in 1997. I was about 12 years old and I absolutely loved their radio hit, ‘I Want You’.

Your last album bought?

Full length? “The Occasional Epiphany” by spoken word artist, Joanna Lowe.

Otherwise, I’ve been really into collecting 7-inch vinyl singles. I recently picked up ‘Dirty Money’ by my favorite Pittsburgh-based band, Chet Vincent & The Big Bend.

Favorite album of all time?

“Potency” by Erie, Pa. natives, Pegasus Unicorn. Their guitarist, John Yochim, taught me to play guitar. I wrote my first song with his help, as well as the band’s DJ, Robert Jensen of Basement Transmissions.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Maybe Bob Dylan’s first album. I kind of suffered through it out of curiosity and have since been scared off to investigate further. But a good handful of the musicians I admire seem to admire him, so, I feel like I’m missing something.

First concert attended?

The very first concert ticket I bought with my own allowance was to see Silverchair at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio back in 1998. I was 13 years-old and had both parents with me, as well as my best friend at the time. I remember my friend and I were very excited about being in the mosh pit, but not so excited about the parents.

Last concert?

The Snow Ball at Cattivo this Feb. 2015. I got to play there with my band, The Graveyard Orchestra, for the first time this year. I think The Ball has been taking place at Cattivo for 3 years in a row and I’ve been to every one. And every one has always been a total blast!

Favorite concert ever?

Camp Bisco 2012 – If I can please count a festival as the answer to this question. This event was the biggest, best party I’ve ever been to in my entire life, without a doubt. Some of my favorite DJs performed that weekend, including the very tip-top of my list, Bassnectar.

Least favorite concert?

Our Lady Peace someplace in Erie when I was somewhere around age 14. It sticks out because that’s when I learned about General Admission tickets. I did not have them. And I found this to be incredibly displeasing. The show was probably great, but I was too busy being an angsty teen girl to enjoy it.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Let’s begin at the beginning again – with my most recent album purchases. When I first came to Pittsburgh on tour in 2013, I saw Joanna Lowe at AcoustiCafé. The drummer I work with, Digg !t Dave, and I drove directly to that open mic from the highway our very first night in town. Her performance impacted me so much, I remember leaning over to Digg !t and saying, “I feel like we’re in a movie!” Our second night in the city we hit up Hambone’s open mic. That’s where we met Chet Vincent, who hosted that evening. He helped us out-of-towners by squeezing our set onto a list that was already full. It really didn’t take long before I decided I wanted to live here. And, almost two years later, I still love it here.

Thanks, Liss. Congrats on the love for the upcoming singles. I’ll also second my Chet admiration. Incredible talent and even better dude.