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With a new EP, Pittsburgh-based duo Victory at the Crossroads puts forth a message of positive change

Onstage, the band’s side-by-side set-up represents more than comfort

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Most independent musicians don’t hit the road until they’ve released an album. Liss Victory packed up her guitar and hit the road almost as soon as she started performing in public. The Erie native spent the first four months of 2013 traveling throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio, playing open-mic nights and booking shows as she went. Pittsburgh served as a major hub during the journey, and it won her heart. “I thought, ‘I want to live here.’ I met the most amazing people within the first few days I was here on tour,” she says.

Originally part of a two-guitar act, Victory eventually went solo, releasing a 7-inch single and an EP under her own name and eventually touring cross-country. While she continues to perform solo, she joined up with drummer Travis Crossroads, launching the band Victory at the Crossroads in late 2015. The duo’s songs have the barebones immediacy of indie rock, occasionally getting both thrashy (“A Curious Predicament”) and revealing a singer-songwriter depth (“Steel City Broad,” which the guitarist calls both a love song to the city and a call for self-honesty).

Onstage, the band’s side-by-side set-up represents more than comfort. “As much as I love the frontman ethos and [like] to be the band leader, I also like to have a lot of equality in the people that I work with,” Victory explains. She prefers “to be on equal ground with the drummer, instead of me in the front, drummer in the back. That feels weird. One of the messages we send out with our music is equality, a positive change.”

This outlook continues with Chetirye, a CD EP which the band releases on Sat., Oct. 1, with locals Strange Monsters (who release their own Destory All). The title — “four” in Russian — acknowledges the number of songs on the disc and the number of people who helped make it. The band’s name is written in four different languages on the cover. “There’s like a whole meaning upon meaning upon meaning to the record itself, the songs and what Travis and I are doing as activists,” Victory says.

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