Two decades later, garage rock is taking a stand once again. Taking cues from such luminaries as The Gun Club and The Bottle Rockets, garage rock duo Electrostatic Rhythm Pigs have crafted a familiar yet unique sound in their hometown of Allentown, PA. It resembles both of their musical influences as well as The White Stripes and The Gun Club and adds a distinct flair of their own. This sound can be heard on both their debut EP, Celebrity Prostitution (2012), and their latest single, â€œCountdown,â€ which appeared on WiFi PR Groupâ€™s indie compilation mixtape, Indie Anthems Vol. 7.
Vocalist Erin Fowler and guitarist/bassist Don Melber both became involved with music at a young age. Erinâ€™s grandfather sang while her grandmother played the organ, and she spent her childhood learning old classics and singing constantly, often with them. When she moved from East Texas to the East Coast, she experienced extreme culture shock and felt it important to keep in touch with some part of her past musically. Don began playing guitar at the age of 10, and from then on, the need to play music has been a driving force in his life.
During their 15-year collaboration, Electrostatic Rhythm Pigs released their debut album, Celebrity Prostitution, which first put them on the map both locally and nationally. They also founded ChurchHouse Productions, which has evolved from a small 8-track studio to a fully professional digital studio. With this effort, the duo are able to not only create and promote their own music, but they also push themselves to meet more musicians to bring onboard and continue having an effect on the local music scene.
With their music and other music-related endeavors, Electrostatic Rhythm Pigs aim to promote a more diversified local music scene in Allentownâ€”particularly one that doesnâ€™t primarily focus on blues or cover bands. Garage rock was an infallible force in the 90s and broke through the mold to introduce a new generation of rock music, and the duo intend to have the same impact in their own music community.
Electrostatic Rhythm Pigs most recently had their single â€œCountdownâ€ featured on WiFi PR Groupâ€™s indie compilation mixtape, Indie Anthems Vol. 7. Itâ€™s a collection of international independent artists who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at Pitchfork Music Festival in July 2014 and again at Lollapalooza in August 2014, the 10-track digital mixtape was handed out on 3,500 download cards to festival attendees.
Electrostatic Rhythm Pigsâ€™ debut EP, Celebrity Prostitution, is available in digital form on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby, which also distributed the record to several online music outlets. Fans can also find physical copies of the EP on the bandâ€™s website, and the EP can be streamed on Spotify, Rhapsody and other music streaming outlets. Listen to the EP on YouTube and their cover of Joy Divisionâ€™s â€œIsolationâ€ on Vimeo.