By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer
Bouquets are a Pittsburgh shoegaze band that has been playing regularly around town since last June, supporting both out-of-towners and locals as they hone their ‘rawk’ meets emo sound. The band is currently working on releasing their debut EP expected later this year or early 2020 and I want to thank Christian Freeberg (Vocals), Ryan Thompson (Guitar), Warren Pryde (Bass), and Clark Littlepage (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
Christian: That Backstreet Boys album where they’re all standing up against a wall.
Warren: Yourself or Someone Like You Matchbox 20 when I was 8 or 9.
Ryan: Americana The Offspring.
Clark: Hybrid Theory Linkin Park.
Your last album bought?
Christian: Norman Fucking Rockwell Lana Del Rey.
Ryan: I Am Easy to Find The National.
Warren: >>> BEAK>.
Clark: Logg S/T.
Favorite album of all time?
Christian: For the sake of picking just one, Veheissu, Thrice.
Ryan: Songs From The Big Chair, Tears For Fears. The most perfect album ever recorded.
Warren: Changes daily, if not hourly, but I think my desert island record might be Grace, Jeff Buckley. I hate picking favorites.
Clark: Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Christian: I definitely have some but I’m gonna keep those to myself.
Ryan: Vaxis 1: The Unheavenly Creatures Coheed And Cambria. One of my all-time favorite bands, but it didn’t grab me the way everything else by them has.
Warren: Of all time? Not worth paying mind to; I try not to dwell. But recently? Fear Inoculum Tool – I just found it pretty boring. Like, we waited 13 years for this?
Clark: Junk, M83.
First concert attended?
Christian: Between the Buried and me, Haste the Day, Every Time I Die, Bleeding Through at this place in Cleveland called Peabody’s Down Under.
Ryan: “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1999, followed by Ozzfest 2003.
Warren: dredg, at the Rex Theatre in 2004 or 2005, with mewithoutYou and Veda opening.
Clark: Spice Girls in Columbus, OH (1998).
Christian: Lana Del Rey at the Jones Beach Theatre In NY.
Ryan: The Lonely Island.
Warren: Iron Maiden at PPG Paints Arena and before that ELO, also at PPG.
Clark: Bon Iver at The Forum in LA.
Favorite concert ever?
Christian: White Wives, Koji, Balance and Composure, Touché Amore at this mason’s lodge in Altoona, PA. Touché felt like a religious experience.
Ryan: Either Tears For Fears, The Lonely Island, or The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final shows.
Warren: Really hard to say. Might be kind of a cop out, but Lollapalooza 2008 maybe? Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, The National, and Battles were standouts from that for me.
Clark: LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden… only show I’ve been to that was released on DVD, ha-ha.
Least favorite concert?
Christian: Keeping that to myself.
Ryan: Bob Dylan in 2006, he sounded like a parody of himself at that point.
Warren: Gang of Four in February 2019 was a letdown. At least The Gotobeds made for some fun.
Clark: Radiohead’s Cincinnati show in 2012. Incredibly underwhelming.
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Christian: The people I’ve met making art and the way the community comes together when we need to.
Ryan: Seeing so many friends be able to thrive in the scene makes me happy.
Warren: Just how tight knit a lot of the music scene is. Getting to work in it is awesome. Doing sound I even get to feel like the “fifth Beatle” sometimes.
Clark: There’s an unbridled energy to Pittsburgh; a lot of creatives, in all mediums, doing cool shit here constantly.
Hugh’s Take: Thanks, fellas. Looking forward to hearing your stuff soon! My personal association with you goes back to when Warren was a head of the student union at CMU years ago and got me into some cool shows to shoot. People helping people is what this scene has been and continues to be all about!
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 streams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series.
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