As part of our 2017 local release roundup, we’ve made a playlist including tracks from all of the albums. Check it out to see just how incredibly talented the people in our city are! If your band is missing, please contact us!
I met up with pop punk trio Playoff Beard to talk about their new album, the origin of the band (and its name), tour stories, and their picks for Pittsburgh’s best. Don’t miss the “Fun is Fun” record release show this Saturday, October 7th at Howlers, with support from Latecomer and the Scratch ‘n’ Sniffs. I guarantee it will be fun!
Nasty Nate of the Scratch ‘n’ Sniffs and Thunder Vest was turning dirty 30, an event that he decided to celebrate with a show–and what a rager it was, featuring Beaver county locals Whitethrash and Children of October alongside Pittsburgh poppy punks Playoff Beard. I arrived at the Fallout Shelter around 9:30 and the place was already hopping. I love seeing shows in such intimate spaces, especially when they’re packed with so many friendly faces.
Today you get to hear from Pat McGhen: bass player in Playoff Beard, guitar player in the Shutouts, and avowed advocate for fun.
List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever.
What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?
Green Day – Dookie was a total gamechanger.
What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?
Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love.
In the last few years, I’ve noticed the scene(s) being a lot more supportive of each other than I’ve seen in the past. As far as things that can improve, I dunno. Can we have some more drummers, maybe?
What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?
Tim is really good at Skate or Die 2.
If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be?
The Shutouts – What Can You Do?
Who would you cast in the movie of your band?
Tim would be portrayed by Tom Everett Scott. Steve Zahn would play Thom. Ethan Embry would play me.
How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?
My mom doesn’t come to shows, but she has always been super supportive of my interest in music. I think she’s actually even liked one or two of my bands!
What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?
Probably the Queers.
While in the Radio Beats, I had to talk the cops into not shutting down a show in the middle of our set while still playing drums. It somehow worked, we finished our set, and I’m PRETTY SURE nobody got arrested.
You can see Pat playing bass with Playoff Beard tomorrow, Saturday 9/30 at the Fallout Shelter with Children of October and Whitethrash. For a change of pace, catch him playing guitar with the Shutouts on Sunday 10/01 at Ruggers with Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs! and Zombii (CT). If you’re not sick of him yet, make sure to stop by the Playoff Beard record release show on Saturday 10/7 at Howlers with Latecomer and the Scratch ‘n’ Sniffs. If that’s too much Pat for you, just order the record online from Between the Days Records.
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Latecomer is a four piece punk rock band from Pittsburgh. While some bands have a hard time finding one vocalist, all four members of Latecomer sing. If you make one of their shows they’ll likely tell you they didn’t practice, and probably won’t have their merch out on the table.
Q) You’ve been posting about self-producing your third album. How has that process been going?
A) Overall it’s been a really good process. We have tracked rhythm and drums so far and are about half way done. Self producing is letting us have a lot more control over the process. There is no money on the line, so it is a lot less stessful and there’s no real time crunch. We are going to redo the bass tracking, and we definitely couldn’t afford to do that if we weren’t self producing.