It's hard to believe it's been nearly five years since Voice in the Wire called it quits. The Pittsburgh-based punk band, originally an offshoot of Teddy Duchamp's Army, released Signals in Transmission in 2004 on Eyeball Records and folded within a year, following lineup changes, heavy touring and some plain bad luck -- memorably, a van meltdown that stranded band members in Utah.
"Man, I remember being stranded out West, and it doesn't seem so long ago," says Mike Rock. "It took us two weeks to get back." But for singer Zack Furness, guitarists Rock and Stephen McMillen, bassist Jake Reinhart and drummer Jeff Kopanic, plenty has happened: marriage, expecting kids, moving, jobs, houses. Rock first found work as a tour manager, but "just never found the right situation to play in" again, apart from "doing the living-room rock-star thing."
Now, Voice in the Wire is reuniting for a show, with the encouragement of old tourmates None More Black, coming through Pittsburgh. "We decided to get back together just to play with these guys -- just to do it for fun," says Rock.
But there's been an unexpected wrinkle: Friends at Underground Communiqué Records are re-releasing Signals on vinyl with help from the local Lock and Key Collective. "I'm still kind of bummed that not enough people got to hear the record or see the band live, myself included," says Underground Communiqué's founder, Justin Schwier.
"We broke up so quickly after our record came out," Rock says, but he's pleased that Schwier is giving it a second chance to find an audience. "We were all totally blown away by it."
Voice in the Wire with None More Black, American Armada and Allies. 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26. Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave., Garfield. $8. All ages. 412-361-2262 or www.garfieldartworks.com