The band just released their excellent new EP last week. The guys were cool enough to give me a rare physical copy complete with ‘Rubber Soul-esque’ cover art. You can get your digital copy here. Their next show is Oct 14 at Brillobox and as the poster warns, put on your fab gear, it should be a swingin’ time.
There were several people in the audience who said they never saw the band and were just as excited to see them as the headliners. After the exuberant set, they came away fans. They sounded so good. Their record is gonna smoke!
Over the next few days I will focus on this show that was just pure fun. I love it when bands mix things up for a concert and this was no exception. Three bands playing three song rotating sets for the night. It kept things fresh and moving along briskly. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, support Pittsburgh music people!
- New Shouts
- Rehearsal/Recording Space
- Tuesday, February 22, 2011
- Penn Hills
This band is quickly becoming a staple of this blog, and Pittsburgh itself, for good reason. They are fresh, fun, and are seemingly recording new material constantly. They were cool enough to have me drop in and chillax a few weeks back and watch the magic happen. If you call running over the same guitar part for two hours magic then Houdini got nothing on these guys. Seriously, I love seeing how music is made and it was way good times. My only regret is that Jonathan wasn’t around to spread his usual cheer. I will thank the guys personally this coming Friday, March 18 at The Warhol Museum when they co-headline the Pittsburgh Garage Pop Revue with MOIP and Neighbors and GO-GO DANCERS?!?!
New Shouts are a local band you really have to hear. If you haven’t, I have a feeling you will soon enough. They are so much fun live and you can check them out a few times this month here and here. Word is new music is going to ‘leak’ from them next week. Twitter them to be the first to hear it.
So my buddies in Mariage Blanc are having a CD release bash next week (BTW-I have heard the album and it’s so good!). Playing their first ever gig as support is a brand spankin’ new band called, appropriately enough, New Shouts. They have a retro sound that should be blasting out of an AM radio circa 1974 and believe me that’s a great thing. This will be one sweet show. Vocalists Cor and Derek were cool enough to participate in this, another duo edition of First/Last Friday.
- The first album you ever bought?
- Cor: The first album I ever bought with my own decision making was ‘Endless Summer’ by the Beach Boys. I still remember my Dad taking me to National Record Mart (RIP) to get it. I was probably 6 or 7 years old. I loved ‘Help Me Rhonda’, we had a neighbor called Rhonda so we’d always sing that song as a joke. Early Beach Boys stuff is great for kids, it’s so fun!
- Derek: The first cassette I ever bought was Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, and before that I started on music when I was about 4, I was always intrigued by my parents records & 8-track tapes. I was instantly drawn to The Beatles. I was blown away by the Red/Blue collections how one side of the album they we’re young and the other side John Lennon had a crazy beard goin’ on.
- Your last album bought?
- Cor: I just got The La’s ‘The La’s’ on vinyl to hang on my wall.
- Derek: Grapefruit ‘Around Grapefruit’.
- Favorite album of all time?
- Cor: The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’ and I don’t need to explain why, it’s the best ever and it’s obvious.
- Derek: The Beatles “White Album”, a lot of entertaining stuff going on in that oversized album.
- Least favorite/most disappointing album?
- Cor: This is a tough one because you tend to forget about these…There’s a few albums that are always listed in the greatest albums lists that I just can’t justify their greatness…one is Love’s ‘Forever Changes’, it’s got nice arrangements but the songs don’t do anything for me. I’ve always read great things about it but there’s nothing memorable to me on that album.
- Derek: I agree with above, I love the album art. For me the “most disappointing” would be the 2004 remake of Brian Wilson’s ‘SMiLE’. It ruined the myth. I guess I’m happy he did it because we got a nice documentary out of it as well as a tour. I could never get over the idea of what SMiLE could of/would of been if it were completed in 1966. I like how it was known for being the greatest unreleased album of all time.
- First concert attended?
- Cor: I went to see Three Dog Night with my parents when I was a kid, their singer is called Cory, you know, so that gave me some incentive as a kid to like them, which I still do.
- Derek: I think it was Aerosmith at Civic Arena, I remember them being great, this was sometime in the early 90’s.
- Last concert?
- Cor: I don’t go to a lot of big concerts, just don’t like them in arenas or pavilions, there’s no magic. I think the last one I went to was a Beatles tribute on 4th of July. It was hot as hell and outside, I have no idea how they survived in their black suits and wigs but they were spot on! Last local show I saw was The Slow Reel, who I really like.
- Derek: Paul McCartney which is still crazy to say.
- Favorite concert ever?
- Cor: I saw Blur in 1997 at Metropol. I was 15 and in my own little world. I thought I was the only person in America who even knew who this band was so it felt amazing po-going with so many people singing ‘Parklife’ at the top of our voices. After the show I found their tourbus and stood by the door. Damon came to the door and stood there only a few feet away from me, he opened the door and ran out and I chased him down Smallman St. I have no idea what I was even planning to do had I caught up with him but he jumped in a car and took off.
- Derek: I don’t know, I’m waiting to be blown away, Steve Wonder has come close, & Paul McCartney.
- Least favorite concert?
- Cor: Ugh, so many! I went to see this band from England called The Music open for the Vines and I remember when the Vines came on, my girlfriend at the time and I were getting totally squashed by the crowd, we had the bouncers at the front help us over the barrier and we just left after probably their second song.
- Derek: I saw Todd Rundgren at the Rex once. That was a huge let down. He was on some arena rock trip, he had his guitar ran through some lousy chorus pedal. He’s one of my favorite artists/producers…but the show was a drag.
- Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
- Cor: Right now in Pittsburgh I think there’s the nicest group of bands that there has been since I’ve been involved. Everyone is so supportive of each other. The other great thing about this city is that everyone is just doing what they love. No one is trying to fit into any kind of scene or copy the current hyped trend. I read some national reviews of Pittsburgh bands where they are criticized for that, as if the bands here are “out of the loop” or something. That’s just not the case. Everyone here is well aware of the current fads, we just don’t care because we’re doing what we love, and I love that about Pittsburgh.
- Derek: I love Pittsburgh. When I compare it to other cities bigger & smaller I realize that we’ve got more to offer. Pittsburgh has amazing ethnic foods, real people, and several cool towns/bars. Pittsburgh has crazy hills and bridges, a lot of character and history. We have all seasons which the city wears well through each change. I love eating a maple pecan ice cream cone from Rose’s while strolling through Frick Park. Yeah man, Pittsburgh rules.
Thank guys. I can’t get that image out of my head of Damon Albarn running for his life in the Strip District from some crazed 15 year old. Awesome! Good luck on the gig.