A weekly round up of the best (and strangest) action on Bandcamp from artists in and around Pittsburgh.
WE GO GONE
“TUNES WITH YOUR WINE”
The debut release tracks from Pittsburgh sextet We Go Gone are a dutiful reminder to all music critics, like myself, that writing derivative music isn’t universally a misguided venture. On their three tracks, We Go Gone’s frontman Mike Molaro worms his way into your conscience with short, simple ditties that bounce around the library of American rock standards.
Molaro sounds like a young Lou Reed stopping in to play your local coffee shop and backing vocalist Abby Langhorst is the perfect compliment, fluttering into verses with the delicate volume of a kite falling on the coast. The rest of We Go Gone fall in tow, as well, jumping into songs during plushy moments to add layers and layers of composition.
We Go Gone nailed it on their first release, traveling around the pantheon of American genres. At certain points you’ll hear accents of R&B, folk, mid-90s alternative and a dash of The Velvet Underground. Hell, the song Black Fish even features a brief reggae bridge that is simultaneously unexpected and totally appropriate. How the hell did they do that?
Hot track: Keep Along
Arbitrary emoji rating: 4.5 out of 5 t-shirts
“WEIRD AS HELL”
I’ll come right out with it – I’m a sucker for music along the lines of what Same put out this week.
Pittsburgh’s newest indie EP warrants at least a sampling from every fan of alternative and punk music in Western Pennsylvania. The quartet doesn’t serve up anything particularly fresh, but they’ve hit the nerve for all things aesthetically pleasant and they stuck their landing.
And just because Same shoehorns themselves into the unforgiving ground of an “indie” label doesn’t mean that the band fails to diversify their album. Each track is a new course of influences, ranging from The Halo Benders to Weezer; from the Smashing Pumpkins to Pile. Same close out “Weird As Hell” with a six-minute composition that winds through shoegaze and atmosphere, a perfect bookend to partner with the album’s opening clip.
This is an album that should have been released by Exploding in Sound Records. If you’re like me and just can’t stay away from that universe of music, “Weird As Hell” merely isn’t going to be a quick play – it will stay in your rotation for a while.
Same will have copies of their debut album for sale at the opening show of their week-long tour on Sept. 1 at The Shop.
Hot track: Weird As Hell
Arbitrary emoji rating: 4 out of 5 Milky Ways
WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST LISTEN TO?
Bandcamp allows any artist to upload whatever they want to the site. Some artists take that idea and run with it. Here’s the weirdest thing from Pittsburgh on Bandcamp this week.
EASY BAKE OVEN
“SINGLES COMPILATION VOLUME ONE”
If you’ve meandered over to Pittsburgh’s Bandcamp page recently then I’m sure you’ve seen the site completely inundated with posts of album after album, song after song by Easy Bake Oven, the city’s resident artist that begs the question, “Why?”
Why? I don’t know. Easy Bake Oven is a noise band, a group dedicated to the fruitless endeavor of antagonising the expectations of musical artists. Simply, it is a genre I will never understand, and I even invested way too much of my youth in Impaled Northern Moonforest.
Credit where credit is due, though. You have to admire Easy Bake Oven’s relentless ambition to create content, quality be damned. They also have absurdly awesome album covers and track titles. I mean, just look at this shit:
- Ultra Blood Moon (Part 1)
- Terror Is An Instrument of Social Hygiene
- Ultra Blood Moon (Part 2)
Do I understand it? Hell no. But does that mean there’s inherited artistic value to it, or that I’m missing something? Also no. Will you like this music if you aren’t predisposed to anti-music. Again, no.
But it’s something different, and there’s value in that, I guess.
Hot track: Side B