Eclectic musical mix on tap at Pabstolutely
Pabstolutely continues to pour an eclectic musical mix in its 10th year.
“We try to keep it interesting for the multiple people who have supported us over the years,” said Joe Stillson, a volunteer with Golden String Inc., beneficiary for the event.
“The music lineup is all over the place this year. When we first started, it was mostly punk and rockabilly, but now we also have metal and heavy rock. We are also giving younger kids (who have family members with disabilities or who do a lot for the Purple Cat and Golden String Inc.) the chance to perform on the Pabstolutely stage. This helps to fill in the gaps,” Stillson said.
This year’s lineup features a mix of touring bands and some fresh new local acts, such as Fake News and Lake Lake.
When Particles Collide, featuring Sasha Alcott on vocals and guitar and Chris Viner on drums and vocals, will make its second Pabstolutely appearance.
“Everyone who attends is excited about the event, people are definitely there to hear amazing music from not only local, but national acts and of course, the Royal Oaks is one of the most welcoming spots around,” Alcott said.
The Bangor, Maine, duo met when they were in the cast of a 2010 production of the musical “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” and started the band six months later. Saturday’s show is part of what Alcott described as 14 months of nonstop touring.
“We have four singles that we are releasing only to our ‘Support Us Monthly’ subscribers who are helping support us financially during this adventure, she said.
“We will be recording more at the end of this year, beginning of next year, including an acoustic album. Again, all music is given for free download to our subscribers and will only be available to the general public at a later date to be announced,” Alcott said.
Alcott said that the band has definitely become more collaborative over the years. She and Viner are doing more songwriting together and with other people as well. And the band does more “jamming” at practice to help them learn how to listen and follow each other and break out of old habits.
“Viner sings much more now and that is one of the best advances I think we’ve made as a band,” Alcott said. “As far as influences, there are, of course, the commercial bands each of us listened to growing up, but currently, we interact with and listen to other bands that we meet on the road.
“Some of the bands that we regularly crank in the van are The Hat Madder (Lansing, Mich.), Molly Rhythm (Trenton, N.J.), Honah Lee (Trenton, N.J.), Aloud (Los Angles via Boston), ALBUM (Rogers), Mad Anthony (Cincinnati), Old Game (Pittsburgh) and The Shanks (Toronto, Ontario). There are more, of course, and we look forward to an ever expanding playlist of people we get to know on the road.”
New local doom / sludge / noise rock act Lake Lake — Jeremy Koerber, drums; Bill Lowery, vocals and guitar; and Jarrett Marcello, bass — just released its six-song album “A Complete History of Neanderthal Math.” Its sound harkens back to bands who were on the rosters of the early ’90’s indie labels such as Man’s Ruin Records and Noise Amphetamine Reptile Records.
Koerber describes Pabstolutely as a grand adventure, a place where all the scalawags, charlatans and aural aficionados can enjoy libations, rock ‘n’ roll, community and culture. For him, it carries the torch of Emissions From The Monolith, a doom/sludge metal/heavy rock festival that was held at Youngstown’s long-gone underground venue The Nyabinghi.
“We’re lucky to have a shindig like this in Youngstown,” Koerber said. “It even brings a little tear to my eye when I imagine it carrying the torch of a previous festival that used to frequent the wild hills of Salt Springs Road. I implore anyone reading this to grab your earplugs and come down and enjoy.”
For Koerber, Lake Lake is a different music experience. Koerber played in numerous slow and noisy bands in the area, including playing drums in Rebreather and vocals and guitar in Low Divide.
“A lot of the Lake Lake’s material has a faster pace and a different approach to songwriting that has really pushed me to be a better and bad drummer,” he said.