School of Athens - P.D.K
School of Athens are melodic rock band that has already garnered national attention in their short lifespan. Since forming in 2002 they have performed all over the country and have come close to perfecting a sound at once reminiscent not just of rock classics David Bowie and Queen, but contemporary favorites Coldplay and Radiohead. Following the lead of wunderkind drummer Mike Rush (who backed up the Temptations on national TV when he was just seventeen years old) the band uses complex orchestrations and syncopated rhythms to offset the stunning vocals and impassioned playing of McKees Rocks native, Drew Fogle, on the keyboard. Together with charismatic bassist Johnny Naples and the unconventional approach of lead guitarist Neal Rosenblat, the result is something fresh and musical in a way few, if any, of Pittsburgh’s usual brand of garage/punk/funk/jam bands has achieved.
“They are one of those rare groups that you watch and can see elements of all their myriad influences – from glam rock to death metal to musical theater – but have somehow managed to achieve something truly unique and totally rocking, but really beautiful at the same time. Pittsburgh should enjoy them while they can, because they’re not going to stay the well-kept secret they are much longer.”
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