“The Official Punk Band Of The Pittsburgh Penguins” , Meet – Hedonism Bots


it’s a party day in the City of Pittsburgh Pa today as the parade for the Stanley Cup Champions gets ready to hit the streets and along with that we are bringing you the music to set the tone. Today from my hometown we are featuring Hedonism Bots , cool stuff to help you get your groove on just in time to celebrate Lord Stanley….

For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
We met in our high school marching band’s drumline in the late 90’s. So we are all originally drummers. That is where the “rhythm” in rhythm rock comes from. We met up again after college and decided to get a place together in the South Side of Pittsburgh in 2008. We were looking for something to keep us busy and started jamming together in our downtime. In the past few years, we have taken it more seriously and released our debut album, “Crashin’ The Party” in 2016.

Who would you list as your musical influence?

There are too many to count. Some of them are Sublime, Cake, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Barenaked Ladies, Tenacious D, Presidents of the United States of America, Allman Brothers Band, Cream, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and of course, The Lone Rangers.

Some of the genres that we enjoy are blues, soul, funk, folk, bluegrass, ska, polka, rock, grunge, and reggae. Basically if it’s got a beat, we’re groovin’ to it.

Whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

We have had the opportunity to open for national acts like Andy Frasco & The U.N. and international acts like Lord Bishop Rocks and Audio Wolf. We also recorded our album in a former synagogue, so that was a pretty neat experience. For the past few years, we have played in the Deutschtown Music Festival in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Just to keep playing together and expanding our musical horizons. It would be sweet to be able to go on a tour and record another album.

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

“Blunderbuss” – Jack White
“Happy Bastards” – Andy Frasco & The U.N.
“Contraband” – Big Mean Sound Machine
“Ethos” – Existential Gentlmen
“Heal” – Perpetual Groove
“Backatown” – Trombone Shorty

Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep up with?

A little bit of both. It can be fun to interact with fans and get feedback. There is no better way to quickly and easily raise awareness of your band, but sometimes, it can become tedious.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

It is good to get feedback and we have definitely sought input from people at our shows about what they enjoyed and what they didn’t like. We’ll know we’ve “made it” when people actively dislike our music.

If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go?

Anywhere that would have us! Traveling internationally to almost anywhere would be ideal.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Music is the language of the soul. It can give you a reason to drop everything and go on a cross-country road trip. It can help you overcome difficult personal experiences, appreciate a moment in time, and even reproduce. It can make you get up or get down. Music is life!

Any last thoughts for your fans?
We apologize for nothing! See you at the next show.

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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