The Local 913: The Living Street
The Living Street is a band from Pittsburgh that has made it a point to get their music out to the masses. For Nick Guckert and Edward Angelo, that means a life of near constant touring. "Life on the road is incredibly fun," they say. "We love it. It is smelly. It’s good. It’s good smelly. It’s what keeps us going, really. It’s like we made friends all over the country now and some in Canada. It’s just a big part of the whole thing now. We hope to continue to get to tour around and see these places a couple times a year at least and bring them new music every once in a while. Our most-favorite thing is playing music and our second most-favorite thing is seeing something we haven’t seen before. So, when you get to put those two bad boys together, you have a pretty decent life." I was curious about some of those things they’d never seen before and the answers were truly… wild. "We had to stop for about 30 minutes for about 7,000 bison to cross over the path we were on," says Guckert. "I was like, ‘Wow, this isn’t going to end, is it?!'"
Whether it’s 7000 bison or a room full of fans, The Living Street seemingly have knack for making personal connections through their music. "We’ve made people cry and it’s the strangest feeling ever. I remember the first time when I was singing one of our songs and I saw somebody else mouthing the words as we were playing. I was like, ‘People actually listen to this stuff?!?’ That’s the biggest reward we could have for the whole thing," they say. The Living Street make it a point to try to inspire their audience and it’s truly infectious and it plays out in different ways. "Even it’s not necessarily a direct connection with our music, if we can even influence somebody by doing what we’re doing," says Angelo. "We’re 25, 26 and like, ‘Let’s go play some music and see if we can do it.’ We not thriving, but we do survive off of this and it’s like if somebody can find something that they really love and go after it and just take that leap. You have to do that or else you don’t know what you’re going to be able to do with it."
If YOU’RE looking for some inspiration, check out their song “Mean the Most.” According to Guckert, "The song was about me feeling bad about myself and thinking that nobody really liked me that much. Sometimes your brain can make you believe things that aren’t true, especially bad things. It’s okay to feel that way, but also realize that it won’t last."
Photo by Eva Roberts