Ricky Moslen – local guitarist and occasional contributor to the defunct-but-not-forgotten Draw Us Lines blog – has dipped back into the '80s to create a local scene zine along with the help of dozens of local writers, friends, and musicians. It's called Drag Me Home, and they're celebrating its release with a series of shows this Friday at Mr. Roboto Project that feature a staggering seven local bands: The Harlan Twins, Cyrus Gold, Allies, The Lopez, Host Skull, Trapper's Harp, and Driver.
Officially, DMH is a celebration of the East End's music scene, but like any good zine this one's all over the place. There is poetry, essays, interviews, an ode to Pittsburgh, and an all-too-true local band board game that's just dripping with cynicism (Win a Battle of the Bands, -50 points; Play 3 Shows in the Same Week, -6 points).
The best part is that there's also a local rock music compilation/mixtape that comes with the publication. There are a couple bands you've heard of (Legs Like Tree Trunks, Sleep Experiments, Harlan Twins) and a lot more you probably haven't. And at 22 tracks, there's bound to be more than a few new bands you'll dig.
The whole thing is a labor of love, and frankly it's a steal for just $5. Pick up a copy at the release show Friday. Admission is just $3. More information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dragmehome
-- B. Conway