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Meeting of Important People expands its catalog with a new single

"We wanted to go into a more traditional studio setting since we've never done that."

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Meeting of Important People has been at it for a while, becoming a household name in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. The group has consistently released solid albums chock-full of memorable lyrics, catchy melodies and masterful instrumentation. The newest single, "All Rode Off Together" — to be released by locally based Wild Kindness Records — showcases these established attributes but, in this case, MOIP took a slightly different approach to the recording process.

"Most of our recordings have been home-recorded," says lead singer/songwriter Josh Verbanets. "This time we wanted to go into a more traditional studio setting since we've never done that."

So, Verbanets, along with Matt Miller and Aaron Bubenheim, went to Treelady Studios, in Turtle Creek, to record a song originally written for Bricolage Production Company's Bus 9. Bus is a theatrical endeavor that sends multiple playwrights out on city bus rides, where each writes a short play to be performed 24 hours later. A musician is tasked with writing a theme song for the event and, for the latest incarnation, Bricolage approached Verbanets.

MOIP's new single
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  • MOIP's new single

"It's supposed to be inspired by what you see on a bus," explains Verbanets, "and so I came up with the hook 'all rode off together.'"

The song perfectly captures the mood of riding a bus. Opening with a tone of introspection and reminiscence — the sort-of self-pity that one feels on a bus commute — the song culminates in a confident and collective triumph.

"When I played it live," Verbanets says, "the crowd started to join in at the hook, so I got this idea of [getting] a full choir to sing at the end of the song."

The band was joined in the studio by Verbanets' "dream choir," a veritable who's who of the Pittsburgh music scene, including Wild Kindness president (and musician) Jeff Betten, Molly Alphabet, Chet Vincent, Zack Keim (of the Nox Boys) and many others.

The release show will be held at The Andy Warhol Museum and flexi-discs of the single will be given out to the first arrivals.

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