By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer
Scratchy Blanket is an indie emo-punk band from Pittsburgh who are releasing their debut full-length entitled Something for Everyone on February 29. To celebrate, the band will take part of Leapfest that day, which has a stacked lineup featuring 10 of your fave DIY bands starting around 3pm at Glitterbox, culminating with a special Scratchy Blanket set to end the festivities. I want to thank Shannon Keating (Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
Gorillaz self titled album from 2001. I bought it with my Christmas money and played it in my CD player for months.
Your last album bought?
This is a tough one since so much of the music I consume is on Spotify, but I believe it would be Ostraca’s 2018 EP Enemy, which is 6 songs on tape and totally beautiful.
Favorite album of all time?
Honestly, The Best Of Goldfinger, a Goldfinger compilation from 2005. Hear me out, it rules.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Unfortunately, this would be Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romance in 2010. They were my favorite band through middle school and high school, but I just couldn’t get into this album. I managed to get tickets for their limited reunion tour this September, so that’s something.
First concert attended?
Besides the atrocity that was Creation Festival at age 10, I’d say my first real concert was The Toasters at Warped Tour with my dad. I must have been 11- or 12-years-old. I can’t remember who else we saw that day, but The Toasters were very memorable.
I went to the Baseball Dad EP release show at Lavender Town. String Machine and Afternoon Tea played as well. All three of those bands are some of the best in Pittsburgh and I love all of them dearly.
Favorite concert ever?
Either every single time I’ve seen The Front Bottoms, OR Sylvan Esso a couple years ago. Two of my favorite bands ever.
Least favorite concert?
I saw The Bouncing Souls at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park a few years ago. I LOVE them. They were one of the first bands I remember hearing as a child, and I was super excited to be there with my dad and one of my sisters. BUT, the sound sucked really bad and we could barely hear anything. It was as if all of the speakers were sideways facing the band, and none were projecting into the crowd. It was super weird and very disappointing.
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I love the old neighborhoods, especially the ones with folks who have been there for years and haven’t been tainted by new industry. So many of our communities here are unique and beautiful. As a small town rural kid at heart, I love that Pittsburgh is a small city, and that there are rivers, lakes, and parks nearby. There’s great vegan food, too. And of course the music community. Some people like to say there’s not a lot going on musically in Pittsburgh. But there are shows every night featuring a wide array of genres and artists. There is always something to do.
Hugh’s Take: Thanks, Shannon. I don’t know who these people are who say there isn’t a lot going musically in Pittsburgh but obviously if they feel that way, they aren’t really looking at all.
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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