Members: Nate, Tom, Miah, Mike, Matt & Tim
Started by singer/songwriter/guitarist Nate Castle and trumpet player Tom Torrento, PBM began its journey inside the halls of Cousino High School in Warren, MI. Joining the band roughly two years after its inception, trombonist Jeremiah Miah Hoehner added the low brass sound to compliment Toms trumpet. With each and every show, the band started to gain local recognition with their quirky, horn-infused rock and unmistakable vocal harmoniesnot to mention their hard work ethic. Over the years, PBM has gained worldwide acclaim (RawFish Records, LittleGiants Records, Honey Records, etc.) and has had their music distributed in Germany, England, and France. Nate, Tom and Miah bring an immense amount of energy and a deep passion for creating and performing music.
Nate prides himself on writing songs in a way, lyrically and stylistically, that is different than the norm. We could turn out generic pop songs with the same old lyrics, Nate says, or I can sit down and write about something everyone can relate to, but do it with some creativity and uniqueness. The one commonality in PBM songs is that they are, in the simplest termsfun. Our music is diverse and fun, says Hoehner. There are enough depressing, melancholy bands and songs out there. We just want to embrace the positive stuff; to have our music make people forget about their problems for the day and hopefully get them to smile.
One will certainly smile if they pop in the bands latest album, One Sip At A Time. Their misadventures with love and life, breakups and hang-ups, politics, daydreams and days and nights hanging out at the local Coffee Beanery inspired PBM to take a break from touring and record their latest album, and their most anticipated album to date. This collection of songsthey all reflect pop culture as we see it, says Castle. And the songs are just fun, melodic songs. OSAT was released in January at the Royal Oak Music Theatre to over 700 people! In 2006, PBM signed a national distribution deal (Red Eye) putting OSAT in stores across the country.
In April 2006, the guys auditioned for NBC's new hit reality show America's Got Talent in New York City and received a call back to audition for the 3 celebrity judges for their second episode, this time filmed in Los Angeles. Receiving 2 out of the 3 votes required to move on, the guys advanced to the semifinals. PBM was one of only 10 bands chosen from across the US to audition in LA and one of the 60 acts selected to advance to the semi-finals. Over 20 million people saw them perform their catchy single Password on national TV. More than 5,000 acts auditioned for Season 1. This experience made the three of us a lot stronger, a lot closer, said Torrento. We learned a lot about the nature of the business and we learned a lot about each other.
From the stages of the Vans Warped Tour to the smoky pubs in England to the soundstages of Paramount Studios, PBM has rocked audiences all over the world and continues to tour nationally, month in and month out. Their shows are intense, fun, sweaty and guaranteed to get you up and moving. This has been an incredible ride, with plenty of ups and downs, but were not done yetwere not satisfied, says Castle. Were going to continue to work hard, to hit the road, to connect with fans in every town and to spread our kind of music to as many people who are willing to listen. Trying to maintain a close relationship with their fans is extremely important for Nate, Tom and Miah. They all agree: Without the support of our family, friends and fans, wed be nothing.