Pittsburgh is a paradoxical place. It pushes progressively forward, and yet in many ways it remains undeniably chained to its past.
It is in this complex and contradictory landscape that Pittsburgh art-punk band Second to Safety make their home, exploring the convoluted curves between nature and industry, labor and capital, politics and spirituality. Their music mirrors these contrasts, not just lyrically or conceptually, but in sharp dynamic movement between harsh, frenetic tones and intricate, even delicate passages. The result is something almost cinematic, without crossing over into post-rock territory, taking the unrefined ethos and energy of 2010s indie punk and infusing it with the sprawling album arrangements of prog.