Tuesday on Facebook, local singer-songwriter, Philistines band member, Midwestern Musical Co. worker, actor, director and co-organizer of the annual Murder Ballad Ball announced that he was adding one more item to his seemingly endless repertoire of activities: guitarist for local rock legends the Pedaljets.
Over the phone, Wyoming explained that his joining the Pedaljets was something that occurred naturally, without much discussing or officiating.
"Matt Kesler, the bass player, has been a friend of mine for years and years," Wyoming says. "I had sat in with them [the Pedaljets] before as like a fifth member, playing some extra guitar and baritone guitar - which is on their record - and they would ask occasionally if I would sit in. I always did, and it was always fun."
Wyoming's most recent sit-in was for a show in Texas, which the Pedaljets' regular guitarist, Paul Malinowski, was unavailable for.
"Things just kept conspiring against them [the band] schedulewise, and they asked if I could study up on the materials and play guitar for this Texas gig, and one thing led to another," says Wyoming, laughing lightly. "The next thing I knew was, I was in the band. It wasn't terribly formal. There was talk of more gigs and talk of studio work, and I was like, 'Well, I guess this means I'm officially in the band, right?'"
As to whether Malinowski was leaving the Pedaljets for good, Wyoming kept it general.
"As far as I know, Paul [Malinowski] hasn't been fired and hasn't quit," Wyoming says. "He's just too busy to have any time for the Pedaljets right now, so I have stepped in to fill his spot."
The Pedaljets released its third album What's in Between
in 2013. That was the first new, full-length material from the band in a staggering 23 years. When asked about what it was like to step into such a storied group, Wyoming expressed his enthusiasm for the Pedaljets' catalog.
"One thing that's very interesting about it is that I've loved all their music for years, so to just step in and be able to play music that I've been familiar with for a long time is a wonderful feeling," Wyoming says. "But the interesting thing is stepping into a situation with these three people that have such a history together, and you can tell they really love each other and they make great music together, and so I'm just trying to not throw a monkey wrench into that."
Finally, Wyoming added that the band is looking forward to the future.
"The Pedaljets are eager to write new material," he says. "Mike [Allmayer, lead singer] has already written new material, and I've already messed around with a couple of new songs. The focus from here on out is really on the future and what's new."
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