Bad Custer celebrates its new release with a live stream and fundraiser 

By June 11, 2020 No Comments

Bad Custer (Photo courtesy of Misra Records)

By Margaret Welsh
Pittsburgh Current Music Editor

Tomorrow, Friday, June 12, join Pittsburgh’s Bad Custer for a live stream celebrating the release of the band’s new album, Needs Work on Misra Records. It’s a fun, somewhat surprising record, which swigs from theatrical ’70s new wave and post-punk, boisterous ’90s alt-country, and roots-rock from across time in equal gulps: “Tiny Man” in particular brings to mind the Talking Heads, and just a few tracks later frontman Jesse David channels Planet Waves-era Dylan on “Outlaw.” It all holds together quite nicely, exhibiting, if anything, what a short walk it is between rock’s various corners.

“Jesse is a never-ending fountain of songs, cryptic phrases, and characters,” bassist Phil Giammattei explains in a press release. “Every time we get together, he’s gone and written a new song, and a lot of our inside jokes turn into songs too. Our creative process is basically filtering through that material and polishing what we like enough to play again.”

The six-piece will perform live via its home base of Liveburgh from 8-11 p.m. The event is also a fundraiser for several different community bail funds, racial justice organizations, and mutual aid funds. If you can’t make it to the stream, consider donating anyway

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