We did a “Track by Track” with The Pizza Thieves a few weeks back so today we will follow that up with a “Meet The Band” with them. Like I said before, I like this band, they have that rock ‘n’ roll attitude that I’m always on the lookout for, a little Stones, a little of the Mats swagger and style mixed in with a little Pogues ,these dudes are taking it up a notch . Give a listen to these sonic blasts of garage coolness while you Meet…
The Pizza Thieves:
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
1. The three of us have known each other for a long time. Wade (Drummer) and I (Robbie, guitarist/singer) are actually cousins, so we’ve been playing music together since an early age. The Pizza Thieves actually started back in like 2008 or so with Wade on guitar and me on bass with a different drummer. We didn’t really get serious until about 2011, though, when we released our first EP and then our first album, Hippopotamus, then as a two-piece. Garrett (bassist) had been friends with us for years and had already contributed some extras during our shows and recordings, so naturally we added him on bass full time and released another EP, Solid Gold Oldies, and then our most recent album, This Machine Kills Itself.
who would you list as your musical influence?
2. We have a wide array of influences and all of our parents had some to do with it, so they certainly got us interested in music at an early age. The songs I write are certainly influenced by early garage music such that you’d find on the Nuggets compilations, as well as 90’s alt rock. The first CD I bought on my own was Green Day’s Dookie, so that says a lot. I like a lot of noisy music, but I also enjoy a good pop song or a good rap or hip-hop track. Old soul like Otis Redding certainly, and a good well written folk or country song can be great, too. Despite what some people espouse in underground circles, there’s nothing wrong with a good pop song. The bands that have influenced my songwriting the most are probably Green Day, Nirvana, Titus Andronicus, Television, Smashing Pumpkins, Big Star, Elliot Smith, The Clash, Jay Reatard, The Kinks, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement, Pixies, and folk music such as Woody Guthrie and Ralph Stanley.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
3. Since starting as a band I think the coolest thing has been meeting all these new people and making lasting friendships with people we otherwise would have never met. Being friends with the guys from Diarrhea Planet stands out, for instance, because they are all just genuinely great guys and we always look forward to the next time we get to see them. Being able to connect with people through music is really what being in a band is all about for us. Being able to share in creating something and performing for people is something that will always be with me.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
4. Going forward we hope to continue writing and recording new music and coming up with new exciting ideas. We’ll be touring this summer and may add a member, so hopefully we’ll be visiting a city near you soon! Being able to sustain ourselves through music and continue to connect with our audience is the ultimate goal, though.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
5. I think social media can be fun in some ways. We never really take it too seriously and we can be pretty lazy using it, but we try to give updates when we can. Most of all we just have fun with our accounts. It can be a great tool to stay connected with your audience so you might as well use it. So if you want to be part of our train-wreck of a social media presence, give us a follow! We’re on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify, and maybe something else I’m forgetting.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
6. As far as reviews, we’re human so seeing a nice review makes us happy and it’s always nice to feel your work is appreciated. The best compliment you can ever receive is from a fan saying that your music really affected them and they really connected with it on a primal sort of level. We don’t tend to take reviews too seriously, but no matter what we say, it probably does affect you at least subconsciously.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
7. Ah, there’s tons of places we’d love to tour… Chattanooga, TN! I’m only sort of kidding, We’d love to play there, though. It’d be great to tour Europe for the history, and I think South America would be a really interesting place to tour. I also think it’d be interesting to do a tour of just small towns across America and see how long it’d be before we got kicked out of the local bar or wherever it is you can play music in like rural Indiana.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
8. The great thing about music is that it can both save your soul and just sit in the background. Different songs affect different people differently. There’s music that has taken me to places, there’s music that has shook me up, music that’s connected with me on a core level, and then there’s music that’s just kind of there in the background. There’s also music that’s just plain fun. Music’s versatility is why it’s such a big part of our lives.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
9. Thanks for reading and listening! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you on the road soon! As always feel free to give us your thoughts/tell us how much we suck on our social media accounts. If there’s a city you want to see us in let us know!
Thanks so much,
Robbie, Wade, and Garrett
The Pizza Thieves