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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