Brightside is a set of very talented guys, sincerely interested in making good music. A well directed and varied artistic development considering the band's releases, the quality of surprises for the short duration of the band. I suggest checking them, the result is fantastic :http://brightsidepgh.bandcamp.com/
As I like much their work, I was glad Matt Vituccio ( Guitar/Vocals) agreed to answer some questions:
Can you please describe how Pittsburgh’s indie scene is?
-The Indie scene in Pittsburgh is for the most part nonexistent, and the most popular is involved in a punk crossover that doesn't have that much to do with our band. Bands that can be classify as "indie", as far as rock and pop, don't really interact much.
How does Pittsburgh influence your music, the way you write, create?
-I think the one thing that is evident in all Pittsburgh music is a slight edge that stems from growing up in a, for the most part, run down and working class city. That coupled with wealthier neighborhoods, and touring bands making their way through that may not be as used to that type of environment grows a solitary, separatist, and unamused attitude among a large number of people involved in Pittsburgh music.
How much have you changed as artists and people from Good Enough to Now and Loud?
-I think the maturity of us as people and as musicians is evident on Now and Loud. Our musical palettes have expanded, as well as our views on society and the scene we're involved in. We've tried not to fall to deep into any Emo, Punk, or otherwise confining genre. At the moment we view ourselves as simply a rock band, and thats how we approach the writing process. Good Enough was rooted much more in specific sub-genres, from song to song. Now and Loud is an experimentation in a more broad but focused approach.
The cover of Seconds Matter is very beautiful. How did you select the image?
-It was pretty last minute, and we needed something that would work well as a cassette layout. Our friend and old bassist, Matt Gondelman, is a great artist and photographer and we found a few rolls he developed online. That particular shot stuck and seemed to match what Seconds Matter was about.
How were the " Now and Loud " recording sessions? Hard times, funny times, challenging times?
-The actual recording of the album was great. Jake Ewald was easy to work with and recognized what we were going for.
Before that, we had demoed all of the songs in our basement/practice space and talked constantly about how this album should be present. The ideas behind the music, lyrics, and art were all discussed in detail from the moment we started writing. Sometimes it's hard to agree on everything, or figure out the best was to present ideas, so things got rough toward the middle of writing. But when we got into the studio everything came together and seemed a lot less stressful than we expected.
How are your live presentations?
-It's still a work in progress. Despite having been a band for four years and playing at least once a month for the majority, live performances have always been slightly less important than the music or writing itself. This is something that we're currently trying to hone in on as we bring Now and Loud to the stage. But it will always be a fact that some shows will be better than others.
What bands are your medicines?
-If you're asking what our favorite bands are, it tends to vary from person to person. We can agree upon some classic favorites like Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles. Some currently active bands would be Tokyo Police Club, The Sidekicks, and Vampire Weekend. All of these bands can be constantly revisited for inspiration when we don't know what else to turn to.
Do you still listen the bands you were hearing when you got into music?
-Sometimes. Most of our "classic rock" favorites are still the majority of what we listen to, and are usually better than any new music that is being made. Its good to go back to your origins. For me personally, I will always be able to listen to Nirvana or the Beatles and discover something new and refreshing.
What are the mainly changes from “Seconds Matter” to your new record?
- Seconds Matter was written over a period of about a year and a half, which is a long time for only 5 songs. Some of them came from home demos and acoustic songs, some written full band. The sound is kind of trapped in these two summers where we weren't quite sure what to do with our music. Its very reminiscent of 90s indie and math rock. They very much embody the anxieties of being a young adult, and we have moved on from that as a theme for our music. I like the songs for the most part, they're still fun to play. But they are easily forgotten for us.