By Austyn Hutchison
On a humid summer evening in Pittsburgh, I walked into “The Rodeo”, a house venue in Mount Washington. One of the bands on the bill was “Sweat” a local band I had never heard before, but the name already had my interest when I first saw the flier. Their performance only set the hook. Their sound was unlike any other band I had heard at DIY shows in the city. It is more akin to Fleetwood Mac and Rush than Black Flag and Nirvana.
Their first single, “Jane”, a song that would fit right in with the soundtrack of “Dazed and Confused”, came out on October 14th. Their retro sound shines through, starting with a foot-tapping buildup that jumps into a head banging, full speed ahead rock song. After the second chorus, a quiet bridge leads into a guitar solo full of hot licks reminiscent of southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. Be on the lookout for more music, as they have more to come in 2023.