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’68 Pittsburgh PA – Altar Bar

Posted April 18, 2016 by Josh Drespling in Live

All two member of ’68 strolled onto the stage at the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA. From my vantage point I could see them joking with the other bands and talking among themselves. They exchanged some laughs and comradery as they set up their equipment. The guys from Listener were there helping and joining in the banter.

Josh Scogin (formerly of The Chariot and Norma Jean) calmly strapped on his guitar and turned his mic stand to face the drum set that was perched near the front of the stage. As he tinkered with the tuning the only other member of the band took his seat behind the drums as the house lights dimmed…

The explosion of gut wrenching power and yearning that came blaring out from the stage left the uninitiated audience members with their jaws hanging open. With uncanny easy they filled the room with decadent aggression clocked in refreshing amounts of simplicity. Contrary to the typical reaction of crowds at shows of this nature, there was no mosh pit, no fist pumping, or jumping around. We all stood there admiring the sights and sound that were before us. We were all captivated in the artful expression and ferocity that sounded larger than any metalcore band playing three times the amount of instruments.

As the band wound down from the plateau of energy, Josh’s guitar was left playing an infinite looped riff from one of his peddles as he dismantled the drum set as drummer Michael McClellan continued banging away on the separate pieces before they were pulled away. (see video below)

I scanned the audience to catch their reactions. I saw amazement in their eyes and smiles on their faces. I heard “that was amazing”. “Holy fuck”, and “That just blew my mind”.  I could not have said it better myself.

Check out some poor quality video from the show:


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Josh Drespling

Josh is the Publisher and creator of Empire Extreme and it’s sister publication Kingdom Extreme Magazine. He is an accomplished writer, photographer and graphic designer. He is always conjuring up new ideas and has a amazing passion for the music industry and all the things that surround it.


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