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There You Are goes from jamming pre-teens to the kind of creative indies who’d wear lingerie if their show happened to be in, say, a lingerie store
Written by:
Emily Plazek

“The best part of being an indie band is the freedom.  We have no limits when it comes to writing and being creative.”

There You Are’s lead singer/guitarist Tom Chorba and I got coffee at the Starbucks on Walnut Street months ago. It was one of those talks where you both are so excited to talk about something (the indie music industry) that you’re both stepping over each other’s words and apologizing and laughing about it, agreeing loudly and wholeheartedly in that verbal high-five way, and eventually realizing how freaking late it's gotten--how long were we talking?! I’m pretty sure I even forgot to buy a coffee (sorry SBX!) because after our introductions, we both just revved on and on.

I’m very glad to welcome There You Are into the MIC MVMT and go see them this Saturday at Indie Rock Fest! Who are they and where did they come from, you ask?

Where There You Are began...

Matt (drums) and Tom (vocals, guitar) began playing music together when they were 12 or 13, jamming to their favorite Led Zeppelin songs and writing riff-oriented songs for fun.  Although the two starting jamming and writing at a young age, it wasn’t until 2013 when the two decided to actually get out and play shows.  They were joined by another guitarist and bassist, and played local shows around Pittsburgh and released an EP.  In late 2015, the band went back to being a duo, and since released a full length album (Fata Morgana), performed a “studio X takeover” for local alternative rock station, 1059 The X, and have traveled to Austin TX to play during SXSW (unofficially). The two are working on a new album and continue to play shows around the area at every opportunity.

Now let’s dive into what they had to say about what it’s like to be indie:

What do you love most about being an indie band?

The best part of being an indie band is the freedom.  We have no limits when it comes to writing and being creative.  There’s no one expecting a hit from us, and there’s no pressure for us to write a hit.  We get to play our music the way we want to, and this allows us to keep it fun.

What are some of your struggles as an indie band?

I think the biggest struggle for us is marketing and promotion.  We’ve promoted ourselves, we have a great group of friends and family who stand behind us, and even have our music regularly featured on The X’s “local listen” and “Edge of the X” programs, but we still can’t seem to pull more people to our shows.

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

That is flattering.  But the best advice I believe is to not be like us, and simply be yourself.  You'll have more fun that way.  And then, whenever you don't get paid for playing a gig, and you will have a ton of non-paid gigs, you won't really care because you're doing music exactly the way you want to, for you.  It's much more rewarding that way.

Favorite PGH spots?

We love(d) to play at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.  Tom’s personal favorite bar is Hemingway’s.

Craziest concert stories?

We played RANT and our venue was a lingerie shop, so we wore lingerie dresses.

Also, we opened for Royal Blood at Altar Bar (RIP) in 2014.  

Anything else you want to add?

As I said earlier, we are currently writing and recording a new album.  We have a ton of material on the table right now and are very eager to finish it up and release it so we can start performing the new songs regularly.  We have no set date for completion (another reason indie bands rule - no pressure from a major label to finish), but are hoping to have it done by the end of the year.

Visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Come to Indie Rock Fest at Cattivo this Saturday 7/22 -- MIC is hosting and you can see There You Are live, their set is around 10:45pm Saturday night!!

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

There You Are goes from jamming pre-teens to the kind of creative indies who’d wear lingerie if their show happened to be in, say, a lingerie store
There You Are goes from jamming pre-teens to the kind of creative indies who’d wear lingerie if their show happened to be in, say, a lingerie store
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“The best part of being an indie band is the freedom.  We have no limits when it comes to writing and being creative.”

There You Are’s lead singer/guitarist Tom Chorba and I got coffee at the Starbucks on Walnut Street months ago. It was one of those talks where you both are so excited to talk about something (the indie music industry) that you’re both stepping over each other’s words and apologizing and laughing about it, agreeing loudly and wholeheartedly in that verbal high-five way, and eventually realizing how freaking late it's gotten--how long were we talking?! I’m pretty sure I even forgot to buy a coffee (sorry SBX!) because after our introductions, we both just revved on and on.

I’m very glad to welcome There You Are into the MIC MVMT and go see them this Saturday at Indie Rock Fest! Who are they and where did they come from, you ask?

Where There You Are began...

Matt (drums) and Tom (vocals, guitar) began playing music together when they were 12 or 13, jamming to their favorite Led Zeppelin songs and writing riff-oriented songs for fun.  Although the two starting jamming and writing at a young age, it wasn’t until 2013 when the two decided to actually get out and play shows.  They were joined by another guitarist and bassist, and played local shows around Pittsburgh and released an EP.  In late 2015, the band went back to being a duo, and since released a full length album (Fata Morgana), performed a “studio X takeover” for local alternative rock station, 1059 The X, and have traveled to Austin TX to play during SXSW (unofficially). The two are working on a new album and continue to play shows around the area at every opportunity.

Now let’s dive into what they had to say about what it’s like to be indie:

What do you love most about being an indie band?

The best part of being an indie band is the freedom.  We have no limits when it comes to writing and being creative.  There’s no one expecting a hit from us, and there’s no pressure for us to write a hit.  We get to play our music the way we want to, and this allows us to keep it fun.

What are some of your struggles as an indie band?

I think the biggest struggle for us is marketing and promotion.  We’ve promoted ourselves, we have a great group of friends and family who stand behind us, and even have our music regularly featured on The X’s “local listen” and “Edge of the X” programs, but we still can’t seem to pull more people to our shows.

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

That is flattering.  But the best advice I believe is to not be like us, and simply be yourself.  You'll have more fun that way.  And then, whenever you don't get paid for playing a gig, and you will have a ton of non-paid gigs, you won't really care because you're doing music exactly the way you want to, for you.  It's much more rewarding that way.

Favorite PGH spots?

We love(d) to play at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.  Tom’s personal favorite bar is Hemingway’s.

Craziest concert stories?

We played RANT and our venue was a lingerie shop, so we wore lingerie dresses.

Also, we opened for Royal Blood at Altar Bar (RIP) in 2014.  

Anything else you want to add?

As I said earlier, we are currently writing and recording a new album.  We have a ton of material on the table right now and are very eager to finish it up and release it so we can start performing the new songs regularly.  We have no set date for completion (another reason indie bands rule - no pressure from a major label to finish), but are hoping to have it done by the end of the year.

Visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Come to Indie Rock Fest at Cattivo this Saturday 7/22 -- MIC is hosting and you can see There You Are live, their set is around 10:45pm Saturday night!!

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

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