Where I'm From (Pittsburgh version)

A quick look at Pittsburgh today would reveal nothing of tension.  That is, to all observant parties, its character is pretty well-defined.  To the inertial outsider, Pittsburgh stands as a classicist model of blue-collar efficiency, as reliable a vision as its fuel-driven benefactor evokes (until, of course, it isn’t).  To the entrenched insider, however, Pittsburgh is rapidly-evolving, prodded by the quick growth of technology sectors, evidenced by the expansion of both Google and robotics research, and modeled by its spry, distracted, and exuberant younger-class.  However, with such a distinct contrast, tension is inevitable.  This not only has created an underlying identity crisis, but has resulted in gentrification and complicated, though polite, generational dynamics. 

It is in this context that Good Night, States resides.  On their most recent EP (appropriately titled In the Impossible Tension), strain abounds.  Antiquainted organs clash with modern drum machines.  Dissonant vocals warn of happy times.  An opening guitar riff quickly attempts to rush ahead as its surrounding band tries mightily to hold it back. 

Thus, it is my contribution (for now) to the “Where You’re From” thread.  An outsider might view Pittsburgh through Donnie Iris’s “King Cool” glasses.  City-dwellers may relate through Wiz Khalifa or Girl Talk’s turntables.  However, in uncertain times, a band as prone to haunting melodies as it is to Wilco-inspired freakouts seems to best exemplify just what it is that Pittsburgh may, or may not, stand for.

Good Night States – River in the Dry (from “In the Impossible Tension”)
Night States – The Family Dark (from “Short Films on Self

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5 Responses to Where I'm From (Pittsburgh version)

  1. Trent W says:

    Good Night, States, eh? Not Meeting of Important People or maybe even Donora?

    I gotta say though, I liked these Good Night, States tracks much better than I remember liking the stuff they were playing a couple of years ago when they made a cameo in the web series I was in. If I’ve ever said that the chick in the band should stick to her day job of running Franktuary, well, I still don’t take it back–those are good hot dogs! However, maybe she shouldn’t quit having a band either.

    • Trent W says:

      Also, nice tags.

      Also, Donnie Iris’s crowning achievement was obviously writing and performing “The Rapper” with The Jaggerz. The Post-Gazette article failed to mention this among his accolades.

    • Greg says:

      I’d thought about putting up a Donora song. Perhaps at a later time.
      I’d never thought about putting up the Jaggerz. Or, for that matter, Wild Cherry.

      (By the way, “Nice tags” sounds dirty.)

  2. Trent W says:

    In a much-belated by-the-way, I’d like to note that Girl Talk is not a turntable guy. He’s uses a laptop, pretty much exclusively. And in an entirely unnecessary, self-aggrandizing bit of “it’s a small world,” I’ll add that I should know because his girlfriend is a friendly acquaintance of mine who made me some delicious Salty Dogs earlier this evening.

    To continue the music-related “it’s a small world” bit, my friend-cum-nemesis, Chris, shot the video for Wiz Khalifa’s “Pittsburgh Sound” and lives down the street me from me in a loft above Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root.

    What you got, Noise Narcs?

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