Pet Rock: The Musical Is Lo-Fi Fun for Psych Fans


What I like most about St. Louis is...

Justin Pitonak: diversity. Cheesy but true. St. Louis is weird, and I love that.

John Parker: You can be super weird here and still find a crowd. I've always been able to find a venue owner that takes risks. I think that can make a band better.

I've learned the most from...

Pitonak: Blowing it. Being on your own in anything really changes your perspective. Whether being booed or having quit too soon -- blowing it has been a great tutor.

Some of my favorite local bands are...

Pitonak: Wow, too many to list. If you're in the local scene and participate, I love you.

Parker: Demon Lover, Little Big Bangs, Zoned Out, Skarekrau Radio and BP [Beauty Pageant].

The most memorable show I've ever played...

Pitonak: My first band played a packed nu-metal show at the Hi-Pointe. Our singer got shocked by an exposed wire and fell onstage, a guy took his pants off and the cops got called. We almost had a riot.

With Pet Rock, a show at Cranky Yellow. I mean, we had girls with Hula Hoops in the basement of Cranky Yellow. That can't be planned.

Parker: Between the three of us, there are a lot of shows. Opening for Melt-Banana has probably been my high point so far. That or the Pet Rock comeback show.

The best post-show food in St. Louis is...

Pitonak: As a vegetarian that's hard, but I'd still say Courtesy Diner.

Parker: Snack-food wrappers. Loads of MSG in FUNYUNS.

The St. Louis music scene could use...

Pitonak: For everyone who is part of the scene to go to at least one other band's show a week. I'm not there, but I'm working on it. Calling all genres: We need you!

Parker: More venues outside the city. I'd like to see this upswing the scene is having spread into other parts of the town.

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Do you know a project or band that should be considered for this series? Drop a line to fillintheblank@riverfronttimes.com.

Previously from our Fill in the Blank series:
- The Glass Cavalry
- The Blu Skies
- Animal Teeth
- Popular Mechanics
- Brotherfather
- Bad Dates
- Beauty Pageant
- Pillow Talk
- The Tennis Lesson
- The Funs
- Brothers Lazaroff
- Quaere Verum
- MME
- Sarah Bollinger
- Little Big Bangs
- Everything Went Black
- Lions Eat Grass
- Kevin Harris
- Laika
- Heavy Horse
- Barely Free Partial Prisoners
- The Defeated County
- Lizzie Weber
- Kenshiro's
- B.E.L.L.A.
- Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
- Humdrum
- The Blind Eyes



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