Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sounding Off: Abby Krizner

When she’s not fronting local rockers Fist Fight in the Parking Lot, Abby Krizner is manning the booth at 105.9 The X. We caught up with Krizner to ask her about her musical roots and metal ambitions.




Photo by Matt Butkus
 

Who was your favorite musician growing up?
The first musician that captivated me was Elton John — specifically the first time I heard Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The combination of such visual lyrics from Bernie Taupin and musically whimsical yet totally rocking songs was all I needed to decide I wanted to take up piano around age five.

What was the first concert or show you attended?
My parents took me to see Elton John’s dueling piano tour with Billy Joel. I think I was about eight or nine years old, but all I can really remember is my Dad trying to shield me from the more adult activities going on around me! I wonder if they regretted that decision at the time.

How should a concert or show make you feel?
I think, as a musician, a good concert will make you want to go home and practice. An incredible concert will make you want to quit.

If you could open for any band or musician, who would it be?
Queens of the Stone Age. I always hoped I could be in a band [like them], heavy but balanced with a tongue and cheek quirkiness. It’s certainly no secret that Fist Fight in the Parking Lot is very much inspired by Queens of the Stone Age. If we could open for anyone, that’d be it for me, hands down.

Do you have a stage superstition or ritual?
I used to bring these “lucky” sticks of honey [to help my throat] — until they exploded one night on my pedal board. Now I just go for a good ol’ fashioned shot of whiskey and I’m ready to go!

What is your favorite part about being on stage?
Musicians are in such a vulnerable place when writing; it’s this opportunity to expose who you are and hopefully dig deep and find something that surprises you. When you’re on stage, you’re really taking ownership of that vulnerability — so when an audience is into a show or tells you they love a specific song, it’s such a genuine validation and invigorating feeling.

How did you choose heavy metal?
I don’t think you choose heavy metal; it barges in and takes over. I was definitely in that awkward high school period when I first got into metal, which is a very confident and authoritative genre of music. It gave me a sense of identity when I needed it.

If you could own any guitar in the world, what would it be and what would it look like?
A friend of mine, Jim Buckels, surprised me a few years ago with a one-of-a-kind Explorer that he created for me from beginning to end. He kept it with a wood grain finish, but added a zombie character on the body with skulls and bones in the inlays…every decision he made was perfect for me.

Of all the venues in Pittsburgh, which is your favorite and why?
At the 31st Street Pub, you get a sense of the history; the ceilings are covered with signed cymbals and stickers from bands that visited. The best part: They don't care if you like them or not; they are what they are, take it or leave it...and I love it!

What is your favorite part about the Pittsburgh music scene today?
I’ve never seen as many blogs, websites, or online zines as I do today — and they’re all assembled with passion to connect bands and let the scene thrive. I’m also noticing that bands are putting together more eclectic shows. I love when I get to see unexpected bands on a bill that might not necessarily go together on the surface. It’s a great time to be in a band in Pittsburgh, and I’m lucky to be a part of it.

That question about Abby’s favorite venue in Pittsburgh got us thinking. We decided to check in with a few more local favorites to get their picks.

There's nothing like a crowd down at Heinz Field. Whether it’s hyping a crowd ready for game day, or an event in the stadium — there’s just an aura that screams Pittsburgh when you’re there.”
DJ Bonics (A.K.A. Brandon Glova), Wiz Khalifa’s Official DJ/Kiss 96.1, djbonics.com

“Pittsburgh does an outstanding job at organizing summer, outdoor concerts. My favorite is the outdoor stage at Station Square — it's a great opportunity to attract new, young fans that don't always make it out to clubs.”
Adam Sivitz, Drummer/Percussionist/Songwriter, adamsivitz.com

“I gravitate toward rooms like Squirrel Hill’s Christine Fréchard Gallery and Shadyside’s Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – unconventional spaces and places that feel "warm." I feel like I get to know my audience better when I can see them.”
Joy Ike, Singer/Songwriter, joyike.com

“My favorite venue at the moment is Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville.  There's great sound, always a fun crowd, and seats in the upper balcony so your mom and dad can come see the rock show!”
Josh Verbanets, Meeting of Important People, meetingofimportantpeople.com
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Director and “Mr. McFeely” Discuss “Won't You Be My Neighbor?”

The director of the forthcoming Mr. Rogers documentary sits down with the longtime Mr. McFeely and Pittsburgh Magazine.

Pittsburgh Teen Chess Phenom to Host Her First-Ever Tourney

Chess enthusiast Ashley Lynn Priore hopes to enrich the Steel City’s involvement in one of the most classic and challenging of board games.

Hungry for Something Good, Pittsburgh? Where We're Eating in June

We're obsessed with Greekfreez vegan frozen treats, taking a first look at the new menu at Independent Brewing Company and traveling to The Tavern on the Square. Plus, we talk to Poulet Bleu pastry chef James D. Wroblewski II.

Working in a Steel Mill Turns Fantastical in 'The Glass Lung'

Pittsburgher Anjali Sachdeva’s first book blends the normal with fantasy in nine short stories.

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in June

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.

Pittsburgh Flicks and Nightlife in June

PM Nightlife Editor Sean Collier explores the popularity of Coughlin's Law on Mt. Washington and the future of Jump Cut Theater.

Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in June

The Pittsburgh music calendar is packed this month. Check out some of our suggestions for the best ways to spend those steamy summer nights.

June: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh

Check out some of the finest stage plays, dance performances and exhibits taking place this month in Pittsburgh.

Undercover: What We're Reading in June

Reviews of Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker and Abandoned Pittsburgh: Steel and Shadows by Chuck Beard

Perspectives: How Cold Is Too Cold for Spiders to Live?

A former Marine and Pittsburgh firefighter comes face-to-face with his biggest fear.

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Faces Centennial Challenges

This year marks a milestone anniversary — and questions regarding the emerging digital economy — for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

Highmark Stadium Struggles To Accommodate Music Fans

The Station Square venue could be a good place to see a concert. It's not there yet.

CMU Launches America’s First Degree in Artificial Intelligence

Starting this fall, undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon will have the option to earn a degree in one of the world’s fastest growing fields.

Hog Wild at Fallen Aspen Farm

Owners Jake Kristophel and Desiree Sirois are committed to compassionate animal husbandry at Fallen Aspen Farm.

This is Where ‘Pittsburgh's Paul Bunyan’ Would Have Lived

The living emblem of Pittsburgh steelwork, immortalized in a Braddock statue, has been reborn with a titular space in Bloomfield.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Director and “Mr. McFeely” Discuss “Won't You Be My Neighbor?”

Director and “Mr. McFeely” Discuss “Won't You Be My Neighbor?”

The director of the forthcoming Mr. Rogers documentary sits down with the longtime Mr. McFeely and Pittsburgh Magazine.

Comments

Pittsburgh Teen Chess Phenom to Host Her First-Ever Tourney

Pittsburgh Teen Chess Phenom to Host Her First-Ever Tourney

Chess enthusiast Ashley Lynn Priore hopes to enrich the Steel City’s involvement in one of the most classic and challenging of board games.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Lorelei Will Open in the Former Livermore/Pines Space

Lorelei Will Open in the Former Livermore/Pines Space

The owners of Independent Brewing Company and Hidden Harbor plan to bring a beer hall and cafe to East Liberty.

Comments

An Inclusive Community Breaks the Ramadan Fast at Salem's Market & Grill

An Inclusive Community Breaks the Ramadan Fast at Salem's Market & Grill

The Strip District restaurant draws a diverse community to its nightly ifṭār buffet.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best Places to Introduce Children to the Performing Arts

Best Places to Introduce Children to the Performing Arts

When you see a show at one of these organizations, you may enjoy it as much as the children.

Comments

The 4 Best Sports to Try This Spring in Pittsburgh

The 4 Best Sports to Try This Spring in Pittsburgh

Looking to switch up your physical activity now that it finally feels like spring? We found four sports you can play locally that you may never have considered.

Comments


Highmark Stadium Struggles To Accommodate Music Fans

Highmark Stadium Struggles To Accommodate Music Fans

The Station Square venue could be a good place to see a concert. It's not there yet.

Comments

Take a Tricky Trip To Mars at Escape Room 51

Take a Tricky Trip To Mars at Escape Room 51

The new escape room in Pleasant Hills is a great game for newer players.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Here We Go? Steelers Have More Than a New England Issue This Time

Here We Go? Steelers Have More Than a New England Issue This Time

At this time last year the Steelers perceived themselves, and rightfully so, as a team that was a mere win over the Patriots away from returning to the Super Bowl. This year, the focus is elsewhere.

Comments

Surprising Pirates Proving to be an Acquired Taste This Season

Surprising Pirates Proving to be an Acquired Taste This Season

For the time being, at least, fans continue to send owner Bob Nutting a message wrapped in apathy.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The 400-Word Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

The 400-Word Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Star Wars series experiments with telling an origin story, with mixed results.

Comments

The 400-Word Review: Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

The 400-Word Review: Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

The careful documentary is a valuable document of the pontiff's philosophy. As a film, there are issues.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Wine Classes Keep the Pre-Wedding Celebration Classy

Wine Classes Keep the Pre-Wedding Celebration Classy

Palate Partners School of Wine & Spirits offers a chance for brides- and grooms-to-be to explore libations before (or instead of) a night on the town.

Comments

He Recovers from Stroke to Officiate Granddaughter's Wedding

He Recovers from Stroke to Officiate Granddaughter's Wedding

It was always Ashley Watkins’ dream to have her grandfather perform her wedding ceremony — but a serious illness almost got in the way.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
From Milan to Pittsburgh: These are the Kitchen Concepts of the Future

From Milan to Pittsburgh: These are the Kitchen Concepts of the Future

Local interior designer Lauren Levant traveled to Italy for the influential Salon del Mobile show featuring the latest innovations in the furniture and design industry. With an emphasis on quality over quantity, these are the kitchen concepts she says will be making their way stateside.

Comments

Get Creative: Pittsburgh Podcast Inspires 'Girl Bosses'

Get Creative: Pittsburgh Podcast Inspires 'Girl Bosses'

Thinking about starting a creative business but don't know where to start? From photography to interior design, Gamechangers, the new podcast from local textile designer Savannah Hayes, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the design industry from the female perspective.

Comments