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Behind the band who embodies the Steel City with electrifying beats & sharp lyrics, Steelesque
Written by:
Stephanie Loesch
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I think struggles are necessary and unavoidable.  They help build character and perseverance.  We are open minded artists that hope that the IMBM will make suggestions, related to Steelesque specifically, to build presence in the already fantastic Pittsburgh music scene.

Steelesque is an indie band composed of 6 musicians, captivating audiences with their electrifying beats and sharp lyrics that capture the true essence of the Pittsburgh music scene.  MIC is extremely pleased to welcome Steelesque to the MVMT!!  This band consists of Rob Eldridge, Eric Drake, Jerry Courtney, Ronnie Castellucci, Bruce Virtue, and Sam Balidigowski.  Continue reading to learn some more about this talented band and its members.

Give us your introduction and origin story, please! Include links to your social media, site, etc.

“All my friends are dead”.–A Dinosaur, but real rock-n-roll lives on. Led by songwriter Rob Eldridge, Steelesque blends the styles of the Vermont country-side with the blue-collar raunch of Pittsburgh’s steel city “shot and a beer” bar scene. Steelesque is equal parts British Blues and latter-day jam band blending the sound and style of Exile on Main Street-era Stones or The Band, with adventurous passages echoing Phish or Wilco.  The songs stand on their own and have been crafted carefully to lure the listener into the imagery zone. Eric Drake handles lead guitar duty and Jerry Courtney on bass both delivering solid backing vocals. Ronnie Castellucci has the band some boogie with his percussive ideas and energy. Bruce Virtue locks it down on drums with Sam Balidigowski lending mandolin/lapsteel duties to the group. At their best, the 6 piece Steelesque delivers the swagger of bands from days gone by while echoing their influences in a way that is all their own.

Steelesque started as an idea to bring all artists in the Pittsburgh, PA area together to share ideas. The idea was conceived by Rob Eldridge. An eventual musical experience reared its head and still continues to peek into various genres of sound.

Steelesque has supported and performed with White Denim, The Fixx, Big Country, Edgar Winter Group, The Jayhawks, Cracker, Big Wreck and other fantastic artists.

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What do you love most about your indie music/creative career?

We enjoy the craft of songwriting.  Art is only art if it's captured somehow.  Some songs are fortunate enough to emerge from the songwriting shed to the performance stage where people can hear them.  Some songs mature enough to be recorded and be made available for people to listen to, whether it be streaming services or in tangible form (i.e. vinyl, CD). Collaborating, as a band, to write, perform, and record songs is what we most love.  

What are some of your struggles as an indie musician/creative, and how do you hope the IMBM can help you?

I think struggles are necessary and unavoidable.  They help build character and perseverance.  We are open minded artists that hope that the IMBM will make suggestions, related to Steelesque specifically, to build presence in the already fantastic Pittsburgh music scene.

Any advice for up-and-comers who want to do what you do?

The craft of songwriting takes work and a special mindset.  At the end of the day the songs will always be the most important part of the process, in addition to being well-rehearsed and professional.

What is your indie music/creative career’s Definition of Success, in spirit of the IMBM?

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Success in the music business can be evaluated in a myriad of ways.  I believe if a band can financially support their art and expenses by performing and recording original songs, then they'll be able to sustain momentum.

Anything else you want to share? Crazy stories, fun facts, or favorite places in Pittsburgh?

We love the music scene in Pittsburgh.  The artists in our city are super talented and supporting of one another. We can only hope, in due time, that the club owners and promoters will continue to recognize all the unplucked gems out there and create live moments that will make our scene revered nationally and internationally.

Be sure to follow Steelesque on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.  Don’t forget to look up their website as well!!

Last, but certainly not least, make sure to check out their music at Spotify, SoundCloud, & iTunes.

Behind the band who embodies the Steel City with electrifying beats & sharp lyrics, Steelesque
Behind the band who embodies the Steel City with electrifying beats & sharp lyrics, Steelesque
website.pic.jpg

I think struggles are necessary and unavoidable.  They help build character and perseverance.  We are open minded artists that hope that the IMBM will make suggestions, related to Steelesque specifically, to build presence in the already fantastic Pittsburgh music scene.

Steelesque is an indie band composed of 6 musicians, captivating audiences with their electrifying beats and sharp lyrics that capture the true essence of the Pittsburgh music scene.  MIC is extremely pleased to welcome Steelesque to the MVMT!!  This band consists of Rob Eldridge, Eric Drake, Jerry Courtney, Ronnie Castellucci, Bruce Virtue, and Sam Balidigowski.  Continue reading to learn some more about this talented band and its members.

Give us your introduction and origin story, please! Include links to your social media, site, etc.

“All my friends are dead”.–A Dinosaur, but real rock-n-roll lives on. Led by songwriter Rob Eldridge, Steelesque blends the styles of the Vermont country-side with the blue-collar raunch of Pittsburgh’s steel city “shot and a beer” bar scene. Steelesque is equal parts British Blues and latter-day jam band blending the sound and style of Exile on Main Street-era Stones or The Band, with adventurous passages echoing Phish or Wilco.  The songs stand on their own and have been crafted carefully to lure the listener into the imagery zone. Eric Drake handles lead guitar duty and Jerry Courtney on bass both delivering solid backing vocals. Ronnie Castellucci has the band some boogie with his percussive ideas and energy. Bruce Virtue locks it down on drums with Sam Balidigowski lending mandolin/lapsteel duties to the group. At their best, the 6 piece Steelesque delivers the swagger of bands from days gone by while echoing their influences in a way that is all their own.

Steelesque started as an idea to bring all artists in the Pittsburgh, PA area together to share ideas. The idea was conceived by Rob Eldridge. An eventual musical experience reared its head and still continues to peek into various genres of sound.

Steelesque has supported and performed with White Denim, The Fixx, Big Country, Edgar Winter Group, The Jayhawks, Cracker, Big Wreck and other fantastic artists.

toro.png

What do you love most about your indie music/creative career?

We enjoy the craft of songwriting.  Art is only art if it's captured somehow.  Some songs are fortunate enough to emerge from the songwriting shed to the performance stage where people can hear them.  Some songs mature enough to be recorded and be made available for people to listen to, whether it be streaming services or in tangible form (i.e. vinyl, CD). Collaborating, as a band, to write, perform, and record songs is what we most love.  

What are some of your struggles as an indie musician/creative, and how do you hope the IMBM can help you?

I think struggles are necessary and unavoidable.  They help build character and perseverance.  We are open minded artists that hope that the IMBM will make suggestions, related to Steelesque specifically, to build presence in the already fantastic Pittsburgh music scene.

Any advice for up-and-comers who want to do what you do?

The craft of songwriting takes work and a special mindset.  At the end of the day the songs will always be the most important part of the process, in addition to being well-rehearsed and professional.

What is your indie music/creative career’s Definition of Success, in spirit of the IMBM?

pppl.png

Success in the music business can be evaluated in a myriad of ways.  I believe if a band can financially support their art and expenses by performing and recording original songs, then they'll be able to sustain momentum.

Anything else you want to share? Crazy stories, fun facts, or favorite places in Pittsburgh?

We love the music scene in Pittsburgh.  The artists in our city are super talented and supporting of one another. We can only hope, in due time, that the club owners and promoters will continue to recognize all the unplucked gems out there and create live moments that will make our scene revered nationally and internationally.

Be sure to follow Steelesque on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.  Don’t forget to look up their website as well!!

Last, but certainly not least, make sure to check out their music at Spotify, SoundCloud, & iTunes.

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