Pittsburgh Punk Bands Deliver Intimate, Contagious New Releases

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Sleeping Witch and Saturn

Black clothes, tight pants and lots of leather are not necessary to enjoy the new music of these two local punk bands. However, an anxious attitude and an air of “cool” could make listening to tunes a lot more fun.

Sleeping Witch and Saturn

The divine madness of spring

Don’t worry if you find yourself transported to a mysterious, supernatural space while listening to Sleeping Witch & Saturn’s debut album. In fact, it may be best to simply succumb to the altered state. The divine madness of springwhich the Pittsburgh band drops on Friday, Sept. 9, slips and slides from desolate (“At Eternity’s Gate”) to effervescent (“Joanie, Get Up”) so simply that it creates an intimate, out-of-body experience.

“This album is a deeply personal expression that explores a range of moods and states of mind,” says Sleeping Witch & Saturn vocalist and guitarist Matt Vituccio. “All the songs were written over the course of several years, so it feels like a collage of everything that we were creatively stuck with at different times. Because we also recorded the album ourselves, there’s a layer extra investment and personal connection that makes it really special for us.

Whereas The divine madness of spring can be seen as a snapshot of the band’s later years, Vituccio points to the album’s second track, “Carousel”, as the most authentic depiction of Sleeping Witch & Saturn as a whole.

“This song leans towards a new wave sound that contrasts with the darker tracks, but it’s neither upbeat nor energetic – it’s bittersweet and requires patience,” he says. “The lyrics to this song embody the larger themes explored throughout the album and the instrumentals provide breathing space.”

Born in 2017, Sleeping Witch & Saturn is made up of Vituccio, Anna Shaw on bass, drummer Alex Nelson and Rowdy Kanarek, who is also the band’s lead guitarist and producer. The next Divine Spring Madness LP follows their self-titled EP, which debuted in 2018.

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murder for girls

murder for girls

Six stories

Calling all riot grrls: the latest Murder for Girls EP Six stories is a contagious, high-energy release that can inspire you to start a petition or organize a (probably much-needed) protest. After album produced by Tommy Stinson in 2020 Done in the dark, Six stories finds the local punk rock band at the peak of its gritty, heart-pounding power.

“We think Six stories is our finest and most diverse work to date in terms of focus and overall production value as a band,” says Murder for Girls guitarist and vocalist Stephanie Wallace. “Our time recording with the greats Tommy Stinson and Floyd Fisher in 2020 has greatly deepened our perspectives on the songwriting/recording process, as well as our self-awareness of the sounds and spirit we want to achieve. and how to capture them in the studio most effectively. These are the first songs written since they experienced this invaluable growth as a group.

Since Wallace joined the band in 2015 after seeing Murder for Girls perform live, the band – now made up of Wallace, founder and bassist Jonathan Bagamery, and lead vocalist Michele Dunlap – have released three albums, each also crunchy and grungy than the last. , but continually showing an improved, funnier, and more fearless side of the group.

Take the EP’s first track, “Monster,” for example. The band immerses listeners in their exciting and intense music, which tackles difficult topics while engaging the senses.

“Monster is about someone who makes a choice every day to mistreat you,” Dunlap says. “Once you finally free yourself from the monster, life is so good, and the monster gets smaller and uglier and starts to smell like rotten fish innards.”

Six stories debuted on August 13 and, according to Murder for Girls, the CD version of the EP “contains a super special hidden surprise at the end.”

“Then visit our online shop or come see us at an upcoming show to pick up a copy for a cool five cents,” Wallace says. (Hint: it’s a very infectious remix.)


Sleeping Witch & Saturn Album Release Show. 7 p.m., Saturday, September 10. Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall. 4053 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. $12-15. www.thunderbirdmusichall.com

SUTE Party (Stay Until The End) with Murder for Girls. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. La Forge. 210 E. Seventh Avenue, Homestead. $3-25. suteparty.com/9-17-2022

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