Bringin' It Home

by Elizabeth Kaplan

What mythical animal running around the Tri-State carries its worldly possessions around in three trucks and owes its existence to four friendly banks and a music store?

The “animal” is Pegasus, a rock band based in Huntington that probably holds the record for playing at more different places in the area than any other local band.

Pegasus as it now plays is six musicians, an equipment manager, a sound man, a constantly changing cast of groupies, and Rodney.  Rodney, a snake, is their mascot, and lives in a glass cage upstairs in the house the group rents.

Pegasus is a business as much as a band.  It has to be to keep from going in the red.  A lot of money is invested in equipment.  As one member put it, “The bank is real nice to let us use their instruments and P.A.”

Pegasus is caught in a circle of sorts (you can decide whether or not it’s a vicious one): They play today’s “popular” music, Top 40 mostly, which most people seem to want to hear.  The music is requiring more and more expensive equipment.  To pay for it all, they continue to play at places that want the Top 40 stuff.

Sometimes Pegasus sounds like a juke box for the area, but they feel they’re playing what most people want to hear.

How do they decide what to play?  “We fight a lot,” was one answer.  The band gets together about four nights a week for practice sessions.  Many of these sessions are just to go over interesting material that one or two members would like the group to pick up.  Rather than everything plugged in and the windows rattling, it’s just a piano and couple of guitars while they work out arrangements, learn the words, and play around with new songs.

Pegasus is rather proud of its performance record in the two and a half years it has been a band: no contracts cancelled, and never having started playing more than five minutes late.

This despite the fact that going to one date in Lewisburg half the band and most of the equipment got caught in a snowstorm.  Three members played the first set using only a tambourine, tom-toms and an organ.

And there was the time they got halfway through a song five times, each time blowing a fuse, before they got their equipment adjusted to an inadequate power supply.

The band has a couple of rules for members: no drinking on or around the stage area, and no drugs at any time, anywhere.  Breaking either means leaving the group.

Plans for the future: adding original music to their repertoire eventually, and definitely staying together for awhile.  They’ve got a good thing going for them, and very little competition, so why shouldn’t they?

 

Bringin' It Home Article

Submitted by Alan Burge

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