Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos and Concert Review - 1,2,3 album release show - Brillobox - May 30, 2014

Nic Snyder of 1,2,3. All photos in this post copyright PMR.

Pittsburgh's 1,2,3 cranked up the guitars for their first gig in a little under two years to celebrate the release of an album itself two years in the making. The floor-shaking Big Weather release show served as reminder to all those in attendance what all that initial buzz was about.

The band brought out a xylophone, harmonica, 12-string acoustic, and even sleigh bells to give flesh to their rustic breed of campfire rock, before blasting any remaining cobwebs away with a deluge of pedal fuzz.

But it wasn't the guitar power that most impressed at Brillbox Friday night: Lead singer Nic Snyder easily alternated between a sweet pop simplicity witnessed in the singalong favorite "Scared But Not That Scared," to a gravelly cry in stomp-along closer "Leave Me in the Sky with the Lawn Chair." He's got pipes and passion both.

The group showed a few signs of rust, most obviously when they flubbed a transition between two songs whose tempos just couldn't be bridged. Otherwise it was a tight exhibition of songs old and new performed with vigor and enthusiasm. The crowd demanded an encore, but 1,2,3 demurred, quite earnestly explaining that they honestly hadn't rehearsed any more songs. I for one agree with the drunk guy who yelled out for "Shapes of Wrath", one of the highlights from their 80-minute long donnybrook of a new album.

So now, with the album properly celebrated, and no tour dates on the horizon, one big question remains. What's next?

Here are some photos from the show:

Down in front, asshole!

Is it the drugs or are these guys blowing my mind?

I fucked up and got there after The Mhurs performed.

-- B. Conway

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Steel Panther "All You Can Eat" tour, with Future Villains - Photos - Stage AE - May 28, 2014

Steel Panther at Stage AE 5/28/14. All photos copyright PMR.

I never saw Steel Panther before last night. Why didn't any of you warn me?

Here's the censored version of what went down:








- B. Conway


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Interview - Future Villains - Stage AE - May 27, 2014

Future Villains play Stage AE Wednesday, opening for Steel Panther on their All You Can Eat tour. The LA band has a self-titled EP to their name and specialize in a classic-rock sound; they count Deep Purple and Aerosmith among their biggest influences. Here's the video for their single "Devil in Her Bones:"

We were fortunate enough to talk with lead singer Dusty Bo prior to their stop in Pittsburgh. 

Pittsburgh Music Report: First of all, how has the tour been?  Pittsburgh is your next to last stop. Is it too early to start getting sentimental?

Dusty Bo: The tour has been an amazing adventure so far and we are saddened that it is nearly over.

PMR: Are they any gigs from the tour that stand out in your mind? You've played some great venues. 

DB: They have all been awesome but Seattle, WA [The Showbox] and Silver Spring, MD [The Filmore] were the most stand out I would say.

PMR: What's it been like touring with Steel Panther? I feel like the two of you put together have enough material to challenge Hammer of the Gods. 

DB: It's a great time touring with SP.  For as successful and talented as those guys are it is incredible how humble and genuine they all are. Never have I seen ANY of the members of that band be anything other than a stand up gent. 

PMR: You've been playing a few songs off your new EP as well as some classic rock favorites. How do you find that right balance between the two?  Can you give us a hint to which bands you might cover when you visit Pittsburgh?

DB: We find balance I guess by choosing a couple covers that influenced our originals and are high energy to keep the crowd's blood pumpin'! I will not give you a hint, other than it will be AC/DC and Deep Purple. 

PMR: What's next for Future Villains after the tour wraps up? More touring? Is it too early to ask for a full-length LP?

DB: Were going to start pre-production for the music video to our latest single, "Reject,"as well as get back to the studio for more tunes that will eventually make it on to the LP.

-- B. Conway


Friday, May 23, 2014

Animals as Leaders at the Rex Theater - Photos - May 22, 2014

Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders. All photos copyright PMR.
You already knew Tosin Abasi would be incredible, but how about that drummer!? Here are some photos from Animals as Leaders at the Rex Thursday, along with Conquering Dystopia. Wanted to get their early enough to see Chon, but I was locked in heated battle with a sandwich the size of a bowling ball at Fathead's. (Despite my best efforts, the sandwich won.)



-- B. Conway