photo by ryan white at spirit

Photo by Ryan White


Meeting of Important People is quickly beginning to rival the Clarks as the quintessential Pittsburgh-region band.  This rise to prominence is in part a direct result of the talent and incredible songwriting ability of singer/guitarist and frontman Josh Verbantes.  Their catchy rock-n-roll tunes are intertwined with garage and indie-rock influences and have lyrics that make it hard not to sing along.  Some of their songs are about their hometown, such as the single “I Know Every Street.”  Punksburgh caught up with this local-legend-in-the-making to answer the following queries for today’s inquisition.

List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever. 

The You, Lohio

What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music? 

Alice Cooper “Love It To Death,” old Aerosmith albums and Jesus Christ Superstar

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Photo by Melanie Stangl


What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?

My signed Wesley Willis tshirt


Josh and friends meet Wesley


Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love. 

Venues with beautifully renovated ballrooms could stay open.  Everything else I love.



What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t? 

We don’t think we sound like the Kinks, we sound like some 90s Soundgarden drummer band.




If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be? 

“For The Masses”

Who would you cast in the movie of your band? 

Bela Lugosi

Bela lugosi


How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows? 

Have always been super supportive, just wonderful people




What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times? 

Boca Chica

What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator? 

Dude in an unnamed band threw a ride cymbal into the front row and connected with some unsuspecting soul’s forehead.  Club Laga, 2004.


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At Mr. Smalls. Photo from MOIP’s facebook page


You can catch Josh performing with Meeting of Important People at their 10th anniversary celebration show at Brillobox on January 20th.


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