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The unapologetic indie band Bad Custer is repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit
Written by:
Emily Plazek

“Figure out what you do better than the other guys and do it 100% without apologizing.”

I dove into Bad Custer to write this MVMT Welcome article, and their eclectic-ity is endlessly entertaining. Their pictures range from bamf serious, to pop-icon goofy -- and their social media descriptions made me smile “Post pictures of your pets and we will like them. We're a band. From Pittsburgh, PA.” or “We're a band. But we're so much more than a band. We're lying. We're just a band.”

While listening to their EP In The Wild off their website, I caught myself laughing at their rendition of “You put the lime in their coconut and mix it all together” -- a fresh take on a nostalgic song of my youth. Their Facebook says this: “Bad Custer hopes to take their place in the pantheon of working-class ensembles that represent the Pittsburgh area: rugged, loud, and full of surprises.”

Bad Custer, you nail that. We’re pumped to welcome you to The MIC MVMT and see you perform Saturday at Indie Rock Fest!

Let’s dive into who they are and how they see their indie music careers -- but first, a note from the band:

"Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't."

Quick little intro about yourselves, and your origin story?

We played in a garage band back in high school, after it broke up we went our separate ways.  We got together in 2014 just for fun and played wherever people wanted us.  Our first show was at the Brookline Pub and they asked us what our name was. "Bad Custer" was basically drawn out of a hat but it stuck.

What do you love most about being an indie band?

There's none of that pesky money and fame that always seems to get people down.  Lots of opportunities to surprise folks when you don't have a pre-established reputation.

What are some of your struggles as an indie band?

Running what is essentially a small business while everyone has full-time day jobs takes a lot of grit.

Any advice for up-and-coming indie bands who admire and want to be like you?

Figure out what you do better than the other guys and do it 100% without apologizing.  Bond with the other bands over the drama in the scene (there's always drama) and keep in touch.  Don't book too many shows in your hometown at once or your friends will stop coming to see you.

Favorite restaurants/bars in PGH? How about parks/other nature places you like to visit?

I live in Millvale, so I'm not aware of any bars that aren't Sidelines.  You can't miss at Howlers; pick any night to visit and you'll see something new.  McConnell's Mill is my hiking spot of choice, and burgers and beer afterward at North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock are compulsory.

Craziest/funniest tour/concert story?

We played an Autism benefit show at James Street last year, and one of our audience members had an encyclopedic knowledge of old rock and roll lyrics.  He asked if he could play a song with us, and proceeded to deliver a pitch-perfect rendition of "Johnny Be Good" while we accompanied.  We had never played it before, but his performance smoothed out our rough spots.  Music is magical.

Go to badcuster.com to listen to their home-brewed EP, In The Wild, for free! Their debut album is dropping this year, so like them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep in touch and get updates on that album!

Come to Indie Rock Fest at Cattivo this Saturday 7/22 -- MIC is hosting and you can see Bad Custer live, their set is around 12:45am Saturday night (I mean Sunday morning!!!)!

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!

The unapologetic indie band Bad Custer is repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit
The unapologetic indie band Bad Custer is repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit
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“Figure out what you do better than the other guys and do it 100% without apologizing.”

I dove into Bad Custer to write this MVMT Welcome article, and their eclectic-ity is endlessly entertaining. Their pictures range from bamf serious, to pop-icon goofy -- and their social media descriptions made me smile “Post pictures of your pets and we will like them. We're a band. From Pittsburgh, PA.” or “We're a band. But we're so much more than a band. We're lying. We're just a band.”

While listening to their EP In The Wild off their website, I caught myself laughing at their rendition of “You put the lime in their coconut and mix it all together” -- a fresh take on a nostalgic song of my youth. Their Facebook says this: “Bad Custer hopes to take their place in the pantheon of working-class ensembles that represent the Pittsburgh area: rugged, loud, and full of surprises.”

Bad Custer, you nail that. We’re pumped to welcome you to The MIC MVMT and see you perform Saturday at Indie Rock Fest!

Let’s dive into who they are and how they see their indie music careers -- but first, a note from the band:

"Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't."

Quick little intro about yourselves, and your origin story?

We played in a garage band back in high school, after it broke up we went our separate ways.  We got together in 2014 just for fun and played wherever people wanted us.  Our first show was at the Brookline Pub and they asked us what our name was. "Bad Custer" was basically drawn out of a hat but it stuck.

What do you love most about being an indie band?

There's none of that pesky money and fame that always seems to get people down.  Lots of opportunities to surprise folks when you don't have a pre-established reputation.

What are some of your struggles as an indie band?

Running what is essentially a small business while everyone has full-time day jobs takes a lot of grit.

Any advice for up-and-coming indie bands who admire and want to be like you?

Figure out what you do better than the other guys and do it 100% without apologizing.  Bond with the other bands over the drama in the scene (there's always drama) and keep in touch.  Don't book too many shows in your hometown at once or your friends will stop coming to see you.

Favorite restaurants/bars in PGH? How about parks/other nature places you like to visit?

I live in Millvale, so I'm not aware of any bars that aren't Sidelines.  You can't miss at Howlers; pick any night to visit and you'll see something new.  McConnell's Mill is my hiking spot of choice, and burgers and beer afterward at North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock are compulsory.

Craziest/funniest tour/concert story?

We played an Autism benefit show at James Street last year, and one of our audience members had an encyclopedic knowledge of old rock and roll lyrics.  He asked if he could play a song with us, and proceeded to deliver a pitch-perfect rendition of "Johnny Be Good" while we accompanied.  We had never played it before, but his performance smoothed out our rough spots.  Music is magical.

Go to badcuster.com to listen to their home-brewed EP, In The Wild, for free! Their debut album is dropping this year, so like them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep in touch and get updates on that album!

Come to Indie Rock Fest at Cattivo this Saturday 7/22 -- MIC is hosting and you can see Bad Custer live, their set is around 12:45am Saturday night (I mean Sunday morning!!!)!

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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