Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Lampshades Ready to Shine for Bigger Audience Rock Show Will Mix Local, Visiting Acts in Polish Hill

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Lampshades Ready to Shine for Bigger Audience Rock Show Will Mix Local, Visiting Acts in Polish Hill

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The guys in The Lampshades like playing for their friends and fellow artists. But they'd still love it if you stopped by Gooski's in Polish Hill tonight to catch their show.

"The arts community in Pittsburgh is interesting," said Dane Adelman, the band's drummer.

"You have this influx of kids that probably went to school in Pittsburgh or IUP or surrounding areas, and if they have any kind of artistic background they show up in the East End of Pittsburgh. So there's all these artistic people who are trying to support each other. But not many people outside the community are involved. It's like the bands and the art crowd support each other, but it's hard to get the people who would rather be on the South Side."

"The groups that we're friends with are always excited to hear what everyone is doing," said Jaren Love, guitarist and lead vocalist.

"It's just not a huge objective audience. It's not like there's a lot of people that travel to see what those little rascals in the East End are doing. It ends up more like artists watching artists.

"But I get it. Nowadays, people have so many choices in art, literature, music, film. The technology empowers us all to explore our art and you don't have to pay for access. There are so many people that it can be overwhelming."

Mr. Adelman, Mr. Love and bass player Chris Kibler remain hopeful.

"I was in a band called Sports Metaphors," Mr. Adelman said, "and we were friends with the guys in Hot Garbage and Skinless Boneless, and there was a period where that was jelling into something. Then there was a lull. Now, maybe we're about to hit another point where a lot of good bands are playing together.

"A lot of times you'll have a show where the bands don't really connect and you get three different kinds of crowds coming to hear three different kinds of music, and each group of fans only want to watch one of the bands. What's really cool about this show is we're definitely a loud rock band. And then our friends in Crappy Funeral are loud but in a different way. …

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