The Local 913: The Chad Sipes Stereo

 
00:00

Chad Sipes is a busy guy who often finds himself splitting his attention between his family, his business, and his band. "You beg, borrow, and steal from each one of those," he says. "If you have a pie chart of the three things, not one of them can ever be full at the same time. But, luckily, the guys in the band are always willing to play. They’ve always supported me and I’m so thankful for them! They’re always happy to show up and learn my music. I mean, can you imagine??"

Sipes was in the band Sodajerk who got a taste of national attention in the 1990s, but decided to start his own band about 15 years ago, not quite knowing how it would all work out. "It’s funny," he says, "Because I did name it after myself because I never imagined I’d be able to hold a lineup down – the same lineup of guys – so I said it will always be revolving and I’ll just keep my name on it to keep it consistent. 15 years later, it’s pretty much the same lineup."

As a writer, Sipes tries to not get too personal with his music, saying, "I like to write stories. I like to write from the point of view of different people and different kinds of people. I try to get inside them a little bit. Mostly, I’m a storyteller."

The song “Extinct” from the group’s latest release, Dig, is definitely a story, though the metaphorical parallels are hard to ignore. Sipes says, "It’s sort of about the environment and people making decisions to dump a giant load of tires in a landfill in a town. You can’t bury tires. They always come to the surface. It’s just impossible. It’s sort of a unique thing to write a song about, but it works. I promise."

Local Music

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Lenny Smith

Lenny Smith plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on April 19th, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Bastard Bearded Irishmen

The Bastard Bearded Irishmen play WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on May 17th, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Neighbours

Neighbours play at WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on June 21st, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Broken Fences

Broken Fences performs at WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on July 19th, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Molly Alphabet

Molly Alphabet plays WYEP's Local Music Happy hour on August 18, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Balloon Ride Fantasy

Balloon Ride Fantasy plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on September 20th, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Pet Clinic

Pet Clinic performs at Pittsburgh's Local Music Happy Hour on October 18th, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: White Wives

White Wives perform at WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on March, 10th 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Brooke Annibale

Brooke Annibale plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on November 17, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: The Color Fleet

The Color Fleet performs at WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on February 16th, 2012.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: FORMULA 412

Formula 412 plays WYEP's Local Music Happy hour on August 19, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: JD Eicher & the Goodnights

JD Eicher and the Goodnights play WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on September 16, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Rhonda

Rhonda plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on July 22, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Satin Gum

Satin Gum plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on June 17, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Joy Toujours and the Toys du Jour

Joy Toujours and the Toys Du Jour play WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on May 20, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Chet Vincent

Chet Vincent plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on April 22, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Mark Dignam

Mark Dignam plays WYEP's Local Music Happy hour on March 18, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: The Patti Spadaro Band

The Patti Spadaro Band plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on February 25, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: New Shouts

New Shouts plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on January 21, 2011.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Nik and the Central Plains

Nik and the Central Plains perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on September 16th, 2010.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: City Dwelling Nature Seekers

City Dwelling Nature Seekers play WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on April 15, 2010.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: The Deceptions.

The Deceptions play WYEP's Local Music Happy hour on March 18, 2010.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: David Bernabo & Assembly

David Bernabo & Assembly play WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on February 25, 2010.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Aaron Jentzen

Aaron Jentzen plays WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on January 21, 2010.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Ben Hardt and His Symphony

Ben Hardt and His Symphony at WYEP's local music happy hour on January 17th, 2008.

Pages