Benefits are a dynamic, post-punk outfit that has been making infectious noise in the Pittsburgh area for 2 years. For nearly two decades, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Baltzer has been known locally for penning catchy, new-wave punk songs and fronting legendary bands Fangs of The Panda, Styles For Modern Living and Hard Money. Emerging from the ashes of those bands, Baltzer has recruited a stellar lineup consisting of his solid-drumming brother-in-law Steve Sobeck, cool and collected bassist Jeff Pokrajak and versatile lead-guitarist Joe Serkoch. Baltzer shamelessly wears his love for wall-of-sound 90's guitar rock such as Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins on his sleeve. He also cites the Cocteau Twins album Heaven or Las Vegas as something he listens to on repeat. It's safe to say that there is a Benefits song for every mood and occasion. The band's four-song EP, Burning Daylight is now available on their bandcamp page.
For more information, check out their Bandcamp.
The interview and performance of Benefits was shot at Spirit in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.
Producer/Photographer/Editor: Danny Fenner
Associate Producer/Photographer: Amy Grove
Associate Producer/Photographer: Alisyn Blackwell
Associate Producer/Photographer: Zak Boyle