By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Featured Writer
fuck yeah, dinosaurs! is a Pittsburgh-based pop-punk band that writes and performs songs about dinosaurs. Yes, you read that right. A quick look at some of their song titles proves that point. With soon to be classics like “Stegosaurus Shuffle,” “T-Rex Arms,” and the fan-favorite, “Raptors on Acid,” the band encourages the listener to consume large amounts of beer to get the most out of their music. Catch them live on Friday, September 27 at 222 Ormsby. As the band finalizes their soon-to-be-released album. I want to thank Jon Stefaniak (Guitar, Co-Lead- Vocals w/ @WeekendZach) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
I came across Hanson’s Middle of Nowhere in 3rd grade, which was influenced by peer pressure and my older cousin, before I really developed any taste. Hey, at least they write/play their own music.
Your last album bought?
Pin by our buds in Signals Midwest.
Favorite album of all time?
… And Out Come the Wolves by Rancid. That album was one of biggest influences on my taste in punk rock as I grew up and shifted from the TRL=phase of nu-metal to Metallica to punk.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
A close tie between Decemberunderground by AFI and Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem. Both are bands that I followed and listened to heavily for years, and they went on paths that caused me to lose interest.
First concert attended?
First concert goes back to Hanson, 3rd grade at the Civic Arena. I threw up in the back of a minivan on the way home in a used car lot in Monroeville.
Signals Midwest album release for Pin (see above), and before that, I finally got to see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones for the first time. Shout out to the local buds in iNCO FidO who opened and got to play with the Bosstones!
Favorite concert ever?
Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!) played a sold-out solo show at Garfield Artwork 10-ish years ago, but when Limp Bizkit played on the roof of GetGo in Lawrenceville last year, that was something else.
Least favorite concert?
For some reason, my girlfriend Sam and I decided it was a good idea to get tickets to Hobo Johnson on Nov. 5th, 2018. We liked the Tiny Desk Concert audition that he put up on Youtube and thought he’d be interesting. I can’t think of anything that I have ever regretted paying money to see except for that show.
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
The Pittsburgh punk community is a very tight-knit, self-sufficient ecosystem that doesn’t really need the help from “the industry” or “advisors” from Austin, TX. From what I’ve continually read with these committees, there’s never really much mention of our genre. As artists, we have to remember that there is STILL a lot of the general population who aren’t immersed in this world on a daily basis as we are. We constantly have to keep things interesting and get them to come out and show them a good time. Punk and live music in general is VERY MUCH alive and well in the city. People just have to seek it out!
Thanks, Jon. I think you hit on something very profound, in that many people outside the music community have no idea of what is going on within the scene. What bands are making music and where they are performing? The question is, how do we let them know all the great stuff that is happening? I have made that my mission to expose the general public to all the amazing music and shows that are occurring. Are they getting the message? I am not concerned with that. I am concerned with putting it out.
Check out more from fuck yeah, dinosaurs at www.facebook.com/fyeahdinosaurs
Hugh Twyman (AKA HughShows) has been documenting the Pittsburgh music scene since 2004. His website (www.hughshows.com) features a comprehensive Pittsburgh Concert Calendar, episodes of HughShowsTV, a newly launched public Pittsburgh music database, exclusive audio steams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series.