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 Mud City Manglers
Bunny Five Coat
“Sleepy Kitty began as an experimental sound project for a class when
frontwoman Paige Brubeck was enrolled as an undergraduate at School of
The Art Institute Chicago in 2007. Brubeck and Evan Sult (ex-Harvey
Danger) began layering field recordings of the “L” and Wicker Park
street poets with ’60s style harmonies and crashing drums. Sult was
playing drums in the math-rock indie-pop band Bound Stems at the time,
and Brubeck was playing guitar in the girl group trio Stiletto Attack,
but as the two bonded over Pavement and The Fall, they began writing
their own post-punk, show-tune inflected songs and Sleepy Kitty went
from side project to full on band.”
The first album you ever bought?
Paige: I think either TLC “Crazy Sexy Cool” or Alanis Morrisette “Jagged Little
Pill”. “Jagged Little Pill” turned out to be a really big deal to me, because
singing along to that album is when I first started really singing harmonies.
Evan: Cassette was the ‘Ghostbusters’ soundtrack. Vinyl was Def Leppard’s “Pyromania”.
Your last album bought?
Paige: I got vinyl of Jacques Guetary, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Fred Astaire all
on the same day.
Evan: Speedy Ortiz, “Major Arcana”. If you haven’t heard them yet, definitely
check them out.
Favorite album of all time?
Paige: This is a tough one. The Velvet Underground’s self-titled album always
comes to mind first. They’re my all-time favorite, and that album seems to
cover all of their different facets.
Evan: Geez! Paul Simon’s “Graceland” is my mother’s milk, but Pavement’s “Crooked
Rain, Crooked Rain” made music apply to me personally. It just opened my
mind up wide.
Least favorite/most disappointing
Paige: Interesting question. For me least favorite and most disappointing are
slightly different. Least favorite would be something I avoid. Most
disappointing is the ‘Smash’ Soundtrack. (Yes, I watched ‘Smash’. Both glorious
seasons.) It didn’t have enough of the Megan Hilty songs!
Evan: After my freshman year of college I spent a summer working the graveyard
shift at a gas station. There were two CDs in that tiny little shack, one by
Testament and one by Red Hot Chili Peppers. I never need to hear “Blood Sugar Sex
First concert attended?
Paige: First concert I attended would have been ‘Warped Tour’ ’98. I had just
started playing bass and I was playing trombone and I LOVED ska.
Evan: Sophomore year, my parents drove me across the Canadian border to stay
overnight in a plaza for tickets to the Rolling Stone’s ‘Steel Wheels’ tour.
The gates were already closed, with my friends on the other side. Hundreds and
hundreds of hippies were trying to wheedle their way in, hop the fence, bribe
the guards, anything. My mom said, “Can he just pop in to tell his friends
what happened?” The guard assented and helped me across the fence. As soon
as I was in I knew I wasn’t going back; I turned around to signal my parents
and they were already getting the hell out of there. Bless their souls!
That night in the plaza was way more crazy, true rock ‘n’ roll than the concert
itself, I must say.
Paige: Last big concerty concert I went to was Bob Dylan, but we go to a ton of
local and independent touring bands’ shows on a regular basis. We just saw The
Lonelyhearts, Boreal Hills, and Bo & The Locomotive at Blank Space in St.
Louis, and shortly before that The Big Muddy Records showcase/fish fry/party
comes to mind at Off Broadway.
Evan: That sounds about right. We saw Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost at the Big Muddy
show, which I’ll be forever grateful for. He was one of St. Louis’ finest, and
he just left us.
Favorite concert ever?
Paige: This is a hard one. I used to have specific answers, but the more shows I
see the harder it gets which must mean I’m seeing a lot of good shows. One of
the most amazing and fun shows I’ve ever seen was Fischerspooner at the Metro
in Chicago. That was awesome. Also, Stephen Malkmus acoustic at Pitchfork when
he surprised us all with a bunch of Pavement songs! That was before Pavement
did their reunion tour, so that was really special to me. Giant Sand at The
Double Door in Chicago was pretty unforgettable too. There are also a bunch of
local concerts that will always be close to my heart – first time I saw Bug
Chaser at El Leñador in St. Louis, and first time I saw Bob Reuter’s Alley
Ghost, also at El Leñador, are a couple that immediately come to mind.
Evan: I don’t mean to pull a trump card here, but it’s impossible not to. When
I lived in Seattle some friends and I drove up to Bellingham, WA to see
Mudhoney play a small college gymnasium. I was in the pit, all ready to get
sweaty, and Nirvana runs out onto the stage. They played mostly songs from Bleach
and B-sides, pretty much all of which I knew by heart. Everyone surged and
crashed and hollered and suddenly someone grabbed me and threw me on top of the
crowd. It was the only time I ever crowd surfed, and I have to say I was in
total heaven. The band was having a great time, everyone on the floor was
having a great time, and it was clear to all of us that this was a
one-time-only situation. Oh, and Mudhoney rocked every bit as hard as Nirvana.
Glory days, no doubt.
Least favorite concert?
Paige: This could also be called “most disappointing concert.” I
don’t want to name names, but there was a particularly grumpy performer at
Pitchfork once that I was really excited about seeing for the first time, until
she scowled her way through the performance and kept yelling at the sound guy.
Evan: I absolutely loved, loved, loved the first two PJ Harvey albums: “Dry”
and “Rid of Me”. I just loved her bassist, her drummer, and her amazing guitar
playing. She seemed so uniquely brazen and cool. Tiny but tough, with a giant
hollow-body guitar. By the time I was able to see her live, I showed up ready
to rock, and she was supporting “To Bring You My Love…” with a new band. She
was wearing a slip and had mascara running down her face and she didn’t even
pick up a guitar, just occasionally bounced a tambourine off her hip. When they
played the older songs, the band clearly could not keep up with the originals.
I was crushed.
Now that I have more experience making albums, I have to respect an artist’s
decision to evolve; at the same time, I still think those first two albums were
performed by one of the best bands ever.
Any thoughts, experiences about
Paige: Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. I love how the river is such a part of
the city. Plus, we’re screenprinters and Andy Warhol is one of my all-time
favorite entities. Last summer we had a great time at the Warhol museum. Also,
your baseball team is tough.
Evan: I think Pittsburgh and St. Louis have a lot in common—they’re both river
cities with industrial pasts, that are now being reconfigured to meet the needs
of artists and other livers of unconventional lives. And I think that’s great.
Hang onto the old buildings! Reuse instead of rebuilding. I saw the old Seattle
get torn down and replaced with a newer, shinier, ultimately inferior version.
There’s so much good architecture and potential in Pittsburgh, from what I’ve
seen, that I hope the city recognizes its own strengths, and builds on them.
Thanks so much, you two. I am REALLY enjoying your music. For a ‘guitar drums duo’, you have a particular sound that’s way more melodic than I expected. So fun! Can’t wait till you come back to Pittsburgh.