Big House Pete is a Pittsburgh Based Rock Tradition. Hatched in the early 1990’s from the front man/ singer songwriter Paul Peterson. Paul has been mastering his craft since graduating from GIT in California in 1987 and has played in many successful bands since then. With the formation of the Big House Pete project in 2001 he gained the creative freedom to express himself through his own music.
The bands first album; “Daddysac” was a limited release and with its success the band went through minor adjustments and came out with their most well known work: “Junk Punch.” Junk Punch contains tracks that audiences sing the lyrics too wherever the band goes, it contains both fun lyrics and great musicianship with mind blowing solos from Paul Peterson and some great drum tracks form as many as three separate players.
In 2011 the band again went through personnel changes and went back into the studio with Peterson’s latest works titled “Where’s My Check.” This would be an album that would break Paul and Big House out of any box anyone tried to put them in before. The musical diversity of the tracks on this CD range from Old Blues riffs to shredding heavy metal guitar to rock-a-billy rhythms. It’s a masterful and eclectic mix of sounds and genres. Big House pulls it off seamlessly and delivers it to the masses in “Where’s My Check.”
As the band begins to meld the musical styles of new players into Peterson’s ever evolving writing ability their new album is just a short step away from completion. Meanwhile their live shows continue to grow in popularity because to see Big House Live is an experience all in itself.
The style of music that is contained in Big House originals can only be explained as music for the masses since it is written with everyday situation ns in mind. The blue collar struggles, the stress that exits and the sometimes unbelievable circumstances that arise. Underneath it all is music that is complex and catchy. This comes from Paul’s ability to work a hook like few writers can. The songs are simple but constructed precisely that way to maintain the connection to their audience. They range from Blues and rockabilly all the way to thrash metal. There is not telling where a night of music with Big House Pete will go and that’s the beauty of it, Petersons writing keeps the band in an almost fluid state, able to react to any crowd. The thing itself is organic and each performance grows into exactly what the night calls for.