The guys invited me over to their practice to take some rehearsal shots for possible publicity purposes (the above photo not considered, I am sure) as they plan to release a new EP at the end of the year. That night they coincidentally received the master and aside from hearing them run through the material live, I was privy to listening to the studio versions as well. It’s nice having an ‘in’ to the Pittsburgh music scene I must say. They are playing out this upcoming Monday where you too can hear the new stuff they are working on.
My friends in the band asked if I was interested in coming over and hanging out while they practice? Erm, well, I have this…hell yeah! There is something so interesting to me about being in the room while a band works out tunes. Probably my favorite aspect of doing this blog is to get these kind of invites. They were shaping up the setlist for their big CD release gig this Saturday at Brillobox. As seems the case lately with these local release shows, it will probably be a sell out, so get there early. BTW, I have been lucky enough to hear the new record (which you get free at the show!) and it is quite fantastic. Some press here and here.
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?!?!
Donora have seemingly been dormant for awhile. I can’t tell you the last time I saw them play. Fortunately for us, they have been busy prepping the follow-up to their awesome debut CD. I was lucky enough to hear some of the album which is about half done. The songs have taken the band in a more ‘mature’ direction and I was blown away by what they are cooking up.
They are starting their Winter Tour tonight which takes them through the midwest for two weeks with pals Lohio in tow. The tour closer is at the Thunderbird on the 19th and expect to hear a handful of those new tunes which should sound as tight as can be as is the case with the band after a string of dates to work out the rough edges.
As much as I love live music, one of my favorite things to do is hang out with a musician on their turf and just shoot the breeze. I get to know them on a personal level and can appreciate what they do more so than just watching them perform. Brendan Renne is Summer Lungs. A self-described ‘singer-songwriter’ who happens to perform electronic music. As it turns out, we have been wanting to get together for awhile now and was finally able to last week. Him and his girlfriend/backup singer Lara were cool enough to let me into his home to discuss a wide array of subjects including the photogenic aspects of our embarrassingly dismal Pirates. He is working on new material to be hopefully released this fall. He has a gig coming up opening for RYAT at Club Cafe on Friday September 10. A bunch more ‘atmospheric’ photos here.
The band invited me to the studio while they finish up recording their debut. They were happy with the results and they should be, from what little I heard, it sounded great. Expect the album in spring/summer.
I had the pleasure of shooting these images while the band was beginning to record new music. It is so interesting to see how musicians work out material as a group. The dynamics are fascinating to me. A personal thanks to the fellas for allowing me to hang. More photos here.
TCSS are Chad Sipes (bass), Erik Cirelli (guitar), Paul Smith (drums), and Jon Miller (keys). They are recording a new album with producer Josh Antonuccio in Lawrenceville. The band has been around Pittsburgh for awhile now and surprisingly it was my first time meeting most of them. They couldn’t have been more welcoming to me the day I was there and I cannot wait to hear the entire album. I am also looking forward to finally seeing them live soon. I really have to say that I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to live in a town with so much musical talent and that these people are kind enough to let me be a ‘fly on the wall’ of sorts while they work is just so awesome to me. I sincerely appreciate it. A bunch more photos here.