By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer
“Just a queer punk from Pittsburgh trying their best“
Jorts Season is the moniker for singer-songwriter Thomas (Guitar/Drum Machines/Trumpet/Vocals) who performs lo-fi bedroom punk in the Pittsburgh DIY scene. They have one release entitled Rough Around the Edges, an acoustic collection recorded in one or two takes before they went to work in the morning. Keep an eye out on a basement show near you to see when they play out next. I want to thank Thomas for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
The first CD I ever bought was either Demon Days by Gorillaz or some Deadmau5 album in middle school at a Walmart.
The first record I ever bought was Here Comes the Indian by Animal Collective at Soundcat Records, which was a record store in Bloomfield that’s since closed.
Your last album bought?
I just ordered a Diners 7” from Discogs (“It’s All True” in case you’re wondering) but before that I got the Microphone’s reissue series from Phil Elverum’s label that had their four albums and two compilations of tracks from various releases. Last I bought in a store, I want to say, was GEM by U.S. Girls.
Favorite album of all time?
For more recent records, WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock, but for like a “classic record” I’d say Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, to the point where I’ll occasionally just listen to the instrumentals or isolated vocals from the 40th anniversary box set that came out.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Not sure I really have one. I remember whenever MGMT’s self-titled album came out when I was in high school I was really disappointed just because Congratulations is pretty fantastic and it really just didn’t live up to my expectations. Will also say Pacific Daydream by Weezer just because the two albums before it were both pretty good. But I kind of expected that from the singles so it wasn’t really devastating.
First concert attended?
Passion Pit. The opening band was Cults.
I go to a lot of basement shows, so the last one I went to was Mango Tree, Hospital Bracelet, Willow Hill Motel, and Baseball Dad at Lavender Town. Last non-DIY show was going to FEST last year in November.
Favorite concert ever?
Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, and Great Grandpa at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls was awesome. Sold out show, and happened at a low point in my life and it was great to get to see such a sick lineup, so it’s up there. I’m also a sucker for solo sets so seeing Insignificant Other at Deep Sea Fest or Xiu Xiu at the Warhol playing solo sets are also up there.
Least favorite concert?
The Zombies live at the Carnegie Library in Homestead, specifically the first set. They had no opener so they played a double set for some Odessey and Oracle anniversary tour. The second set where they played the album through was awesome, but the set before was mostly new material and most of it was kind of unmemorable or just bad.
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh so I definitely have a huge connection with the city. One of my favorite things is the community and the people you meet through things like DIY. It’s not perfect and it isn’t always the best, but being in a place with so many people close to my heart is what draws me to the city and makes me feel like I have a home here.
Hugh’s Take: Thanks, Thomas. I have heard countless times about the wonderful support the DIY scene in Pittsburgh gives artists. Realistically, nothing is perfect but as long as there are some people willing to encourage and protect others, there is hope.
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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