As part of my New Year’s resolution for 2020, I wanted to become more involved in my local music scene. Though the closest city to me currently is Baltimore, that is changing soon when I move to Pittsburgh for college later this year. Here are three Pittsburgh-based bands that you should be listening to.
Eternal Boy is an old-school pop punk band. Though they are a young band compared to some of the most iconic pop punk bands – formed in 2003 – they draw more comparisons to the likes of blink-182 than they do to the newer wave of this genre.
For fans of: blink-182, Weezer
See them: Eternal Boy isn’t currently on tour, but they have a single show in West Virginia coming up on February 29. You can find tickets here.
The Homeless Gospel Choir
The Homeless Gospel Choir, aka Derek Zanetti and his acoustic guitar, is a Pittsburgh-native folk-punk musician. Describing his songs as protest songs, he has made connections with many other politically-charged bands, such as War on Women and Anti-Flag.
For fans of: Frank Iero and the Future Violents, Anti-Flag
See them: The Homeless Gospel Choir has a spring tour coming up soon; they’ll be in Pittsburgh on May 10. The full list of tour dates and tickets can be found here.
Lotus Kid are an angsty pop punk band, formed in 2014. Their typical pop punk sound and instrumentals combined with their edgier vocals set Lotus Kid apart from many other bands within this genre.
For fans of: Neck Deep, Hot Mulligan
See them: Lotus Kid has a spring tour coming up in March; they’ll be in Pittsburgh on March 27. You can find the full list of tour dates and tickets here.