By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer
Atlantic Wasteland is an emo/pop-punk band from Pittsburgh who have been playing in and around town since they formed in 2016. They just released their debut record entitled You’ll Never See the Bigger Picture If You’re Standing That Close via Wicked Pittsburgh Records. Keep an eye out for new dates in 2020 as I thank Sam Quatrini (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
Can’t remember the exact one, but I know a couple of the first CDs I owned were Deep Purple Greatest Hits, Metallica (black album) and Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Your last album bought?
I think the most recent vinyl I bought was Taking Back Sunday, Tell All Your Friends.
Favorite album of all time?
Woof. So hard to pick just one. As far as entire works go, Sam’s Town by The Killers is one of my all-time faves.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Eek, I try to avoid publicly shaming or hating on bands just because music is such a subjective avenue. It’s hard to say, but I guess if I had to pick something recent, I was not a huge fan of A Day to Remember Bad Vibrations album. I absolutely still love that band, but coming off of Common Courtesy, BV just felt a little flat to me. I definitely still liked a few of the songs like “Paranoia”, “Justified”, & “Bad Vibrations”… but the work as a whole did not connect with me on the same emotional level that their previous albums had.
First concert attended?
Fall Out Boy and The All-American Rejects at the Chevrolet Amphitheater in Pittsburgh. I was in 6th grade. It was epic.
I believe I saw my buds in A Moment in Pompeii at The Rex back in early December.
Favorite concert ever?
I am a hardcore fanboy for The Wonder Years. Pretty much anytime I see them is my favorite show ever, ha-ha.
Least favorite concert?
This doesn’t have anything to do with the bands playing, but a few summers ago I saw All Time Low, A Day to Remember, the All-American Rejects and Blink-182 at the Keybank Pavillion (or whatever it was called then… First Niagara? Starlake?) Anyone who is from Pittsburgh or WV knows how awful that amphitheater is. One way traffic in and out of the venue. It’s an absolute mess. We sat in traffic for so long that we missed the first 2 bands. And unless you’re in the pit, you’re about 100 yards away from the stage and you might as well be watching the concert on YouTube because that’s what it feels like. You don’t feel like you’re at a show when you’re up in the grass there. Yuck.
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is a big, small city. You can almost always make some weird connection to someone you meet especially in the music scene. “Oh, you’re in XXXXX band? My friend’s brother is the drummer, etc. etc. etc.” People are well recognized and well-acclimated in the music scene around here, and it’s a cool community to be a part of.
Hugh’s Take: Thanks, Sam. Missing bands due to traffic at Starlake was always the gamble heading out there. I learned my lesson when we were walking through the parking lot to “Jack Straw” in ’93. Didn’t make that mistake the following night.
Support Atlantic Wasteland: https://www.atlanticwasteland.com
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.