Pittsburgh indie rockers Meeting of Important People will be celebrating the release of their second full-length album, My Ears are Having a Heart Attack, this Friday at Mr. Smalls alongside locals Great Ants and Pet Clinic. The band launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to fund the project, and enjoyed major success. The response was impressive and further solidified their position as a front runner in the indie music scene here in Pittsburgh. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Texture Ballet dance company, who strives to enhance the Greater Pittsburgh Area by creating and presenting original movement that upholds high classical ballet standards of technique and skill within a more diverse and contemporary style. We asked front man Josh Verbanets a few questions about the new release and upcoming party. This one’s a bit different than their previous album, so listen up!
Kymbo Slice: What inspired the name for your new album?
Josh Verbanets: This is our psychedelic album, so we needed a good psychedelic title. I suppose it’s our version of a goofy Flaming Lips title, like “staring at the sole of shoe submerged in a vat of brine at the pizza hut” or something. There’s lots of crazy vocal parts on the new record, and the songs all have a nice groove to them, like demented island music.
KS: How has the Kickstarter campaign shaped the direction of this album?
JV: We were absolutely blown away by the response to our Kickstarter campaign at the beginning of the year. We now feel we’ve grown much closer to our community and the folks that like our band, and have had a blast getting to know them better. We had plenty of time and resources to make the best album we could, and the final song on our album contains a big freaky build-up in which we thank each backer by name over a megaphone, but you have to play the album backwards to hear it.
KS: What is your relationship with the openers?
JV: The Great Ants are one of my favorite Pittsburgh bands of all time– they’re a three-piece female band that gave us our first show back in 2006, we’ve been great pals ever since. Pet Clinic features Dave Bubenheim, who happens to be the younger brother of MOIP member Aaron Bubenheim, and the two of them used to have an amazing blues-garage rock band called Bre’r Fox.
KS: What made you choose Texture Ballet as a charity?
JV: We’ve got some mutual friends with the Texture Ballet crew, and our drummer Matt’s wife is a ballet teacher who has known them forever, so we thought it would be a great chance to pay-forward the whole Kickstarter concept, and benefit a local creative group. We’re going to be giving a portion of our proceeds from the show to Texture, and they’ll also be opening the show with some dancin’.
This show pops off at Mr. Smalls Friday, August 24 at 8PM. Doors at 7. Advance tickets can be purchased here.