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How 1 fateful Uber ride manifested the raw collective-inner-self sound of PGH indie band A Little Less Human
Written by:
Emily Plazek

Play with people better than you. You aren't the best, you never will be, but what will set you apart is effort and desire to become great. You don't need to be a starving artist - it's okay to have a day job.

Election Night, 2016. Nate Offutt, Uber driver, treads slowly through the late night streets of Pittsburgh waiting for his phone to alert him of the next potential gig. Little did he know this was the fateful night where his next Uber ride would trigger the events that led to the beginning of the band A Little Less Human -- one of our latest additions to The MIC MVMT, who you can see LIVE this weekend at Indie Rock Fest!

First, let’s take it back a few steps:

It all started when Dave Keber and Mike Show started A Little Less Human (ALLH) originally as a two-piece after playing in other bands and finding they both had musical chemistry. Mike was experimenting with his guitar rig to sound more and more like bass (the source of ALLH’s “raw” sound), but after a year of playing together they decided to pursue the idea of getting a bass player.

It was Mike who needed a ride home from the Pens game to Mario's in South Side when his Uber driver, Nate, pulled up. That Uber driver had some good taste in music, and Mike's friends ended up asking him to join them for karaoke. After a few beers it was pretty evident there was some more musical chemistry with this new guy, and after an exchange of numbers, Nate ended up becoming the third and final missing puzzle piece of ALLH.

MIC is very happy to welcome A Little Less Human to The MIC MVMT -- they’re a fantastic example of an indie band who defines success for themselves (we love that). Here’s some deep-diving into how they see their musical world, thanks to Mike!

  1. How would you describe ALLH, and what do you love about being an indie band?

“We're a 3 piece rock band going for a raw/edgy sound with some funky/rhythmic notes in there, as well. We all really love music - and that's the most important part. We strive to make sure the people at our shows see that through our performances, especially if it's somebody's first time watching. We love sharing a piece of our collective-inner self. We've all been in bands before ALLH, and it's interesting to see the evolution, and the chemistry build. We love seeing that manifest on stage.”

  1. What are some of your struggles as an indie band?

“I think we struggle most with an identity, frankly, because we can't spend 24 hours a day working on music. Some days we want to make money and we want to focus our efforts on learning covers. Other days we just want to be ourselves and work on originals. It's hard to define exactly what we want because it isn't our primary source of income. But it's our dream, so we're sticking it out in whatever we have to.”

  1. Any advice for up-and-coming indie bands?

“Play with people better than you. You aren't the best, you never will be, but what will set you apart is effort and desire to become great. You don't need to be a starving artist - it's okay to have a day job.”

  1. Favorite PGH spots?

“Mike seems to always be in Erie trying to catch walleye or hunt deer - very outdoorsy. He does annual trips to Colorado to archery-hunt elk. Dave works at Tequila Cowboy which is an awesome new place in Pittsburgh. We like to frequent Club Cafe, they've been good to us.”

They’re a band, so you want to listen to them, right? Go to Spotify or Reverbnation. 

Follow them on FacebookTwitter (@lesshumanband), and Instagram (@alittlelesshumanband).

Come to Indie Rock Fest at Cattivo this Saturday 7/22 -- MIC is hosting and you can see ALLH live! Their set is around 10pm Saturday night!

Here’s the Facebook event page with all the info -- Get your tickets here, $10 for 2 stages of 12 bands night long 5pm-2am!

How 1 fateful Uber ride manifested the raw collective-inner-self sound of PGH indie band A Little Less Human
How 1 fateful Uber ride manifested the raw collective-inner-self sound of PGH indie band A Little Less Human
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Play with people better than you. You aren't the best, you never will be, but what will set you apart is effort and desire to become great. You don't need to be a starving artist - it's okay to have a day job.

Election Night, 2016. Nate Offutt, Uber driver, treads slowly through the late night streets of Pittsburgh waiting for his phone to alert him of the next potential gig. Little did he know this was the fateful night where his next Uber ride would trigger the events that led to the beginning of the band A Little Less Human -- one of our latest additions to The MIC MVMT, who you can see LIVE this weekend at Indie Rock Fest!

First, let’s take it back a few steps:

It all started when Dave Keber and Mike Show started A Little Less Human (ALLH) originally as a two-piece after playing in other bands and finding they both had musical chemistry. Mike was experimenting with his guitar rig to sound more and more like bass (the source of ALLH’s “raw” sound), but after a year of playing together they decided to pursue the idea of getting a bass player.

It was Mike who needed a ride home from the Pens game to Mario's in South Side when his Uber driver, Nate, pulled up. That Uber driver had some good taste in music, and Mike's friends ended up asking him to join them for karaoke. After a few beers it was pretty evident there was some more musical chemistry with this new guy, and after an exchange of numbers, Nate ended up becoming the third and final missing puzzle piece of ALLH.

MIC is very happy to welcome A Little Less Human to The MIC MVMT -- they’re a fantastic example of an indie band who defines success for themselves (we love that). Here’s some deep-diving into how they see their musical world, thanks to Mike!

  1. How would you describe ALLH, and what do you love about being an indie band?

“We're a 3 piece rock band going for a raw/edgy sound with some funky/rhythmic notes in there, as well. We all really love music - and that's the most important part. We strive to make sure the people at our shows see that through our performances, especially if it's somebody's first time watching. We love sharing a piece of our collective-inner self. We've all been in bands before ALLH, and it's interesting to see the evolution, and the chemistry build. We love seeing that manifest on stage.”

  1. What are some of your struggles as an indie band?

“I think we struggle most with an identity, frankly, because we can't spend 24 hours a day working on music. Some days we want to make money and we want to focus our efforts on learning covers. Other days we just want to be ourselves and work on originals. It's hard to define exactly what we want because it isn't our primary source of income. But it's our dream, so we're sticking it out in whatever we have to.”

  1. Any advice for up-and-coming indie bands?

“Play with people better than you. You aren't the best, you never will be, but what will set you apart is effort and desire to become great. You don't need to be a starving artist - it's okay to have a day job.”

  1. Favorite PGH spots?

“Mike seems to always be in Erie trying to catch walleye or hunt deer - very outdoorsy. He does annual trips to Colorado to archery-hunt elk. Dave works at Tequila Cowboy which is an awesome new place in Pittsburgh. We like to frequent Club Cafe, they've been good to us.”

They’re a band, so you want to listen to them, right? Go to Spotify or Reverbnation. 

Follow them on FacebookTwitter (@lesshumanband), and Instagram (@alittlelesshumanband).

Come to Indie Rock Fest at Cattivo this Saturday 7/22 -- MIC is hosting and you can see ALLH live! Their set is around 10pm Saturday night!

Here’s the Facebook event page with all the info -- Get your tickets here, $10 for 2 stages of 12 bands night long 5pm-2am!

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