No One Expects the Punksburgh Inquisition: Pat McGhen (Playoff Beard/the Shutouts)

Photography by Scott Kostelnik


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. 

The All-Stars, the Radio Beats, Smithfield, the Forbidden Five, the Atomic Disasters, Jagwagon, Dude Riot, the Shutouts, Playoff Beard. I’m sure there are more, but I can’t think of them.

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?

Probably my Superdrag shirt that led to an excited conversation with their drummer about Cheap Trick.

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.


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

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

You can listen to Playoff Beard on Bandcamp or Spotify, and the Shutouts on Bandcamp

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