Jon Bindley, frontman of the Bindley Hardware Co., has incurred an outstanding reputation as a pioneer and poster child of the niche genre “Rust Belt Americana.” Built on a unique local history, the band writes nostalgically of the City of Bridges, which adds an air of community for fans that also hail from Pittsburgh. As friendly as ever, when he’s not performing you can usually find Jon at the Park House listening to the Shelf Life String Band, or in the audience at a Molly Alphabet show. Punksburgh caught up with him for today’s inquisition:
List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever.
The Stanwyck Bros., The Plane Crash All-Stars, Bear Cub, The Draw Back, ACU
What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?
Pittsburgh Jazz legend Joe Negri used to host guitar workshops and musical events for kids around town when I was very young. I sang “Achy Breaky Heart” to a crowd of parents and fellow 5 years-olds and I haven’t looked back since.
What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?
My Bob Dylan official fan club sheriff’s pin.
Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love.
Less talk and more action. More airplay on local FM stations, less Sublime cover bands.
What I love? The supportive arts community and the growing number of incredible ORIGINAL artists in this town.
What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?
We are named after a real Pittsburgh institution with a fascinating history.
If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be?
Alright, All Ready!
Who would you cast in the movie of your band?
The cast of Step by Step
How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?
My mama loves me, of course!
What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?
What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator?
Ummm…been in a few scraps. Got a beer bottle smashed on my head once. My friend Jenny Sines also does fire-dancing at shows, I love that.
Jon and the Bindley Hardware Co. have big plans unfolding in the near future – a feature length movie about the Hardware Company’s history and the band’s recent trajectory. It is projected to be released in 2018. But you can catch the Bindley Hardware Co. on December 15th at the Park House for their Christmas celebration.
Check out some of our past Inquisitions as well!