Person or Persons Unknown: Six Questions with Solarburn Bassist Tony Thomas

Person or Persons Unknown


Six Questions with Solarburn Bassist Tony Thomas

by Mrs. Valley of Steel


The first step is admitting it, right? So here goes… “Hello, my name is Mrs. VOS, and I am addicted to Solarburn.”  I have seen them numerous times, and will again soon; I had their CD in the CD changer in my car for a record 12 weeks straight, and for a long time it was the band that I would talk about every chance I got. It’s not as if I wish to be cured of my addiction or anything; in fact I’ve decided to just own it, and I am perfectly willing to help others get addicted too.

This pretty much is THE band for me, the band that opened up a whole new level of musical enjoyment in my life, and the band that I shamelessly promote every chance I get, quite like I am doing right now. Yes, if you haven’t seen them yet, you’re honestly missing (in my humble opinion) one of the BEST things about Pittsburgh! But you can fix that April 2nd when they open for Otep at the Altar Bar.

They are three of the nicest and most genuinely no-BS guys I have ever met in my life, and these dudes can shred like nobody’s business. So how did I just pick one of them for Person or Persons Unknown? As hard as it was (and honestly it WAS hard, because I am lucky enough to actually be friends with [guitarist] Mike [Stains], [drummer] Russ [Tompkins], and [bassist] Tony [Thomas]), I ended up choosing the person I connected with immediately in the beginning, at the first show at I ever saw Solarburn play — way back in August of last year. Immediately, I felt that Tony was more than just an awesome bass player, but that he also a had deep knowledge of music, which I respected and connected with. As you’ll see from this interview, that is definitely the case.

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (29 November 2012)


Drusky Entertainment Presents:

Texan Psychobillies Reverend Horton Heat

with The Cheats, Ben Dumm and the Deviants, The Turbosonics


at the Altar Bar

1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Thursday 29 November 2012 | 7:30PM (6:30 Doors) | $17 ADV / $20 at Door | 21+ only

With a history dating back nearly three decades now, the legendary country/punk/rock trio Reverend Horton Heat nevertheless seem to have no intention of slowing down their nearly nonstop touring schedule.

In fact, the band (who just recently signed with Victory Records) have tourdates scheduled all over the country, nearly every night for at least the next three-and-a-half months (see the full list here).


Appearing along with a handful of highly-respected local opening acts that range from punk rock to surf music, this is pretty much guaranteed to be a memorable night. Get more info on the show here, buy your tickets here, and don’t forget to RSVP here!

What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (20 November 2012)

Hey folks, what’s up??

It’s Tuesday, but it’s also Thanksgiving week, so I know a bunch of you are off work or school this week (or you conveniently got real sick all of a sudden) — and for those of us who still DO have to work tomorrow, everyone knows we’re just going to slack off most of the day and then leave early anyhow, right?

Either way, if you’ll be around the Pittsburgh area tonight, you’ll have plenty of choices if you feel like getting your holiday celebrating started early!

Check it out:

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (13 November 2012)


Drusky Entertainment Presents:


with special guests Eagle Twin and Stebmo


at the Altar Bar

1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Tuesday 13 November 2012 | 8:00pm (7:00 Doors) | $13 ADV / $15 at door | ALL AGES

Seattle’s Earth don’t exactly fit most people’s definitions of “metal” but they certainly are heavy. Whether it’s their earlier ambient drone-doom material or their more recent minimalist experimental jazz-inspired compositions, Dylan Carlson and company just seem to imbue everything they do with such gravity; theirs is a sound with an unfathomable depth.

You can experience it for yourself tonight, when the band decends upon Pittsburgh’s Altar Bar. Joining them on this northeastern U.S. leg of their fall tour are Salt Lake City sludge/drone band Eagle Twin, and Stebmo, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore who has performed on record and onstage with a variety of other artists, including Earth, and their scions Sunn O))).

See more details about the show on the Drusky calendar, buy tickets from Ticketfly, then RSVP here and here.

What To Do In Pittsburgh This Weekend (08-09-10 November 2012)

Hello, friends. I hope you’re having a good week, and I hope you have a great weekend. If you don’t already have plans, there are all kinds of HUGE events going on over the next few days (including Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and I bet you’d be really sad if you were to miss out on any of these things!

Say, hypothetically, if your sister-in-law was getting married this weekend, and even though your wife isn’t in the wedding itself, she’s still in charge of handling all the decorating and stuff — and so that means you got yourself volunteered to help with stuff too, which is going to basically occupy every waking moment of the next three days. Even though nobody really is excited about any of it because, hypothetically, everyone thinks that your sister-in-law is marrying the most worthless piece of shit who ever lived. If you found yourself stuck in a situation like that, I’d feel really bad for you because you’d be missing out on some serious awesomeness. Hypothetically.

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (06 November 2012)

Well, today is election day. But left or right, blue or red, fascism or anarchy… whatever, there’s one thing we can all agree on, which is that a kick-ass show with mind-numbingly loud music is just the right prescription for avoiding the endless analyzing and scrutinizing and prophesizing that will be happening on every tv station in the country this evening.

Unless you aren’t a Corrosion of Conformity fan for some crazy reason, in which case, fuck you for being unpatriotic and un-American.

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (03 November 2012)

Hey there. It’s Saturday afternoon. There’s some music-related stuff happening in Pittsburgh tonight. Read about it below, then go check it out. Pretend like I’m not lazy today and imagine some more clever words here.

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (28 October 2012)

Hey ladies and gentlemen of Steel Town! Got plans this evening? Since we’re enjoying a rare (this season, anyhow) early football game, perhaps you’ll still be in the mood to go out and have some fun after you’re done watching the Steelers (in their Halloween bumblebee costumes) beat up on the visiting Washington Pigskins? Well here’s a suggestion for you…




Drusky Entertainment Presents:

Kip Winger Live

with special guests Wojo and Ray Lanich


at the Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh

230 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh (South Side / Station Square)


Sunday 28 October 2012 | 8:30pm (8:00 doors) | $12 ADV ($14 at door) | ALL AGES

Grab your tickets for the show here, and get more details at the Drusky calendar here and Facebook event page here.

What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (22 October 2012)

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Drusky Entertainment Presents:

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult 25th Anniversary Tour

with Left Spine Down, Venus in Furs, and Una de Luna


at the Altar Bar

1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Monday 22 October 2012 | 7:00PM Show, 6:00PM Doors | $18 ADV, $20 DOS | 21+ only

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (TKK) began their career twenty-five years ago with Chicago’s Wax Trax! Records, and are now considered highly influential in the hybridization of industrial rock with electronic dance music. To celebrate this quarter-century milestone, the band is currently touring all over the country (see the full list of dates in the image at the top of this page), including a stop at Pittsburgh’s Altar Bar tonight.

Along for the ride is Canadian cyberpunks Left Spine Down (LSD), and starting things off for the evening will be a pair of local electronic artists, Venus in Furs and Una de Luna.

Grab your tickets ahead of time here, then check out more details at the Drusky Concert Calendar here and on the Facebook event page here.

What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (18 October 2012)


Drusky Entertainment Presents:

The Misfits

with special guests The Attack, Revenge Memorial, Gods & Aliens, A Lovely Crisis


at the Altar Bar

1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Thursday 18 October 2012 | 7:00pm Show, 6:00 Doors | $23 ADV, $25 at door | ALL AGES

It’s the motherfucking Misfits, what more is there to say? The band was formed thirty-five years ago, and even though bassist (and now vocalist) Jerry Only is the only original member remaining, their popularity has never wavered. They’re currently touring the nation with Florida’s The Attack, and now visiting Pittsburgh alongside a handful of local openers.

Come on out to the Altar Bar tonight — (and see if perhaps the atmosphere of the venue inspires Jerry to dust off some of the tunes from his old Christian metal band Kryst the Conqueror!)

Get your tickets here, or find more info at the Drusky concert calendar here, or Facebook events here and here.