The Local 913: Grand Piano

 
00:00

Grand Piano is a band that’s been in the making for almost 20 years. "We all grew up in the Pittsburgh punk scene," says bassist Wesley Conroy, "playing in various bands with each other." However, Grand Piano isn’t really a punk band, though their members bring a lot of that influence and energy into the music they make now. Drummer Nick DeAngelo explains that expanding the band’s sound has been very liberating, "At some point we decided to change the palette of sound up a little bit, so we were able to get a couple of horn players involved and as soon as that became part of the process creatively, we stopped trying to hold each other back and just whatever idea came up, we went with."

The band has had lots of ideas. They’ve done an album about the sea. They’ve done an album about space. They’ve even done an album about bugs. Guitarist Thomas Cipollone says that working on concept albums has been a creative boon for the band, "We like to do concept albums because it gives us something to focus on and lets us use our imaginations." DeAngelo adds that, "At it’s core, it’s about storytelling and entertainment and taking themes we can all relate to and looking at them from a perspective that’s a little weird."

I’d try to explain the concept of Grand Piano’s latest album – Lost In The Diamond Labyrinth – but maybe the music should speak for itself.

Local Music

The Local 913: Clara Kent

Clara Kent was born to be an artist.

"I’ve known my whole life," says Kent, "I don’t recall a time I didn’t think I was going to do music or art at all in my entire life. She has a knack for turning personal experiences into art and her new album – Aura – is very...

The Local 913: Nevada Color

Nevada Color straddle the line between indie rock brooding and pure pop bliss. Adam Valen (guitar) says the group has spent a ton of time acheiving that sound. "We were writing everyday, practicing everyday trying to write the perfect song. We're on the line between indie and pop and we're...

The Local 913 Live: Garter Shake

Garter Shake performed for WYEP's local music happy hour on January 19, 2019.

The Local 913: Angela Autumn

Angela Autumn grew up in Zeilienople – North of Pittsburgh – and describes her music as “Cowgirl Folk and Sad Girl Blues.” "They are western-type songs but there’s also an indie element," says Autumn, "So there’s a combination of country, but also feelings and emotions."

Though,...

The Local 913: Wreck Loose

Max Somerville doesn’t like to come out much, unless music is involved, of course. The reclusive keyboard player and front man of Pittsburgh’s Wreck Loose, got inspired to write their latest single after moving from one of Pittsburgh’s destination neighborhoods.

"I think it was...

The Local 913: Best of 2018 townsppl

Alex Stanton, who’s project is the Pittsburgh indie rock band townsppl, might have THE best first guitar story you’ve ever heard. Learn about WYEP's top local album of the year on The Local 913 this week.

The Local 913: Best of 2018 Benji

For the last weeks of 2018, The Local 913 is highlighting our favorite local albums of the year. This week, we share our #2 local album from Benji.

The Local 913: Best of 2018 Donora

Pittsburgh’s premiere indie pop band, Donora’s latest album “Sun To Me” is one of our top local releases for 2018.

The Local 913: Best of 2018 Donora

Pittsburgh’s premiere indie pop band, Donora’s latest album “Sun To Me” is one of our top local releases for 2018.

The Local 913: Best of 2018 Guy Russo

For the month of December on The Local 913. we’re focusing on some of our favorite local albums of 2018. This week, we’re focusing on Pittsburgh singer songwriter Guy Russo.

The Local 913: Sleeping Witch and Saturn

Sleeping Witch and Saturn is a new indie rock band in Pittsburgh inspired by Joy Division and Bauhaus. More on WYEP's local music spotlight, The Local 913. 

The Local 913: Sad Girls Aquatics Club

Sad Girls Aquatics Club's primary members, Chelsea Rumbaugh & Marie Mashyna, met while attending Chatham University. More on WYEP's local music spotlight, The Local 913.

The Local 913: Nameless in August

Zach Rock, frontman for the Pittsburgh folk rock group Nameless in August, has always been around music. In fact, he owns a very cherished musical family heirloom. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Garter Shake

Pittsburgh’s Garter Shake brings to mind power feminist voices of rock music’s past presented for a modern world. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

The Local 913 with Talkers

Caleb Pogyor, frontman for the indie rock back Talkers, has been thinking about ego quite a bit lately. Find out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Nardo Says

On rapper Nardo Says' latest album Y.S.D.M., he writes about something he’s lived with since he was young – his stutter. Learn more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

Local 913: Dan Getkin & the Twelve Six

Pittsburgh’s Dan Getkin cites Ryan Adams as his entry to the alt-country genre. Find out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913 with Mariage Blanc

The indie rock band Mariage Blanc, at this point are veterans of the Pittsburgh rock scene. Check them out on The Local 913 this week!

The Local 913: Alan Getto

Singer songwriter Alan Getto began playing music as a teenager to keep up with some friends who were getting together to jam one summer.

The Local 913: Treble NLS

Treble NLS got his moniker in kind of a round-about way. The rapper first started out under the name “Trouble." More on this week's Local 913, our local music spotlight. 

The Local 913: Gregg Welty

Gregg Welty is an award winning banjo player who, at first, did not like the banjo. Learn more on this week's Local 913, our local music spotlight. 

Local 913: Metacara

This week on The Local 913, check out the music of Metacara. The electronic duo, made up of Kyla Rae and Vince Nania, met at the University of Pittsburgh. Click to hear more on our local music spotlight! 

The Local 913: The Living Street

The Living Street are made up of two very long time friends from Lower Burrell, PA. Find out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

The Local 913: Brittney Chantele

Brittney Chantele is a Pittsburgh rapper who is very involved in local activism. Check her out on this week's Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Balloon Ride Fantasy

Electro-pop band Balloon Ride Fantasy’s sound has shifted over the years from a very tight indie rock outfit, to fantastically layered synth. Listen to The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight and learn more!

Pages