Review: Same – “Plastic Western”

SAME, the post-something quartet with the un-Google-able name, is from southwestern Pennsylvania, the duly coined Paris of Appalachia, but not entirely of the place. Now, Pittsburgh is far from a musical monolith. Most storied bands (a recent example being Code Orange) have come from the city’s punk and metal scenes, but there’s a robust diversity to the…

Profile: Same (2020)

Playing guitar in an indie-rock band in 2020 requires some genre knowledge and a lot of muscle memory, that ability to reproduce the fingers shifting between chords and sentiments without conscious thought.  Jake Stern, who plays guitar and keys and provides backing vocals in the placid Pittsburgh band Same, knows the instinct to rely on…

Review: Decent Criminal – “Bliss”

Bliss, the new 11-song sophomore outing from northern California’s Decent Criminal, is perfectly, um, decent. (They kinda handed me that one.) But that’s about all I’m giving it. The lackluster reaction isn’t for lack of trying on the part of the band. In an attempt to be the latest, prized installment in a world of…

Review: Disq – “Communication” b/w “Parallel”

Sad to have missed the initial boat on this one.  Out now for nearly two weeks, the new single from the Madison, WI duo Disq still, after 10-ish days, has its hooks in my eardrums, a little 1-2 punch-punch as relevant and catchy as much of what Saddle Creek has put together through its Document…

Review: The Zells – “Failure To Slide”

The Zells, the newly rechristened Pittsburgh garage-rock quintet f.k.a. Denzell, has a new record out this Friday via the fine folks at Crafted Sounds and, man, is it a doozy. In terms of the method and initiation of the band’s 13-track full-length debut, Failure To Slide calls to mind Pavement, for sure, with all of…