Monster Track Supergroup

MONTOURSVILLE – Monster Track Supergroup is a perfectly named band, made up of seasoned musicians from different genres, coming together out of a love of music.

The group is gearing up to release their album made up of covers ranging from the ’60s and ’70s, as well as some original songs.

This supergroup is made up of Bret Alexander from The Badlees on guitar and keyboard; Jeremy Hummel from Breaking Benjamin on drums; Tony Harlan from Random Ax on lead guitar; Jimmy Lovcik from Lumpy Gravy on bass guitar; Freeman White from Strawberry Jam on keyboards and Jeff Pittinger, frontman for White Witch on lead vocals.

Monster Track Supergroup will have an album release party beginning at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Mill Tavern, 319 Broad St. Pittinger, lead singer of the band, said he has invited other bands to perform as well, ensuring a fun night for everyone in attendance.

That night you can catch three local bands, Small Town Titans, Audiobox, 44 Mag and female singer-songwriter Mycenea Worley from Harrisburg.

“All five acts have brand new albums out this summer. To put together five bands of this level that are just under the radar but have national quality, is amazing,” Pittinger said. “I sat there and I was like, ‘That’s impressive.’ Every one of these bands should be signed to a national label.”

Pittinger said that Monster Track Supergroup came together after he and Bret Alexander met in 1987 and helped produce the first White Witch album.

“I called Bret about putting Monster Track Supergroup together and he said he had the perfect person, Jeremy [Hummel] from Breaking Benjamin, and it went from there,” he said.

Pittinger said the audience is in for a great show, and Monster Track Supergroup will play their original songs, which Pittinger wrote himself. One of the originals, titled, “Take My Advice,” is taken from Pittinger’s personal experiences.

“I’m proud to say I’m nine years clean,” he said. “To get back where I can stand on my own feet and do the things I am doing today, the odds are uncalculatable.”

Some of the covers that Monster Track Supergroup will be playing include “Wild World,” by Cat Stevens, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar, which Pittinger said will showcase his vocal abilities.

“It’s not the easiest song to sing,” he said. “I can do female vocals though, I don’t have any boundaries.”

As far as the impressive line-up that Monster Track Supergroup boasts, Pittinger said, “I want them [the audience] to hear every song the way it was recorded originally, and to be knocked out by the original songs. I look to this as a sport. Ultimately to get the best bands, you have to have the best players at every position. There comes a time where it’s not just a hobby.”

Pittinger is confident in the rising talent that Pennsylvania has to offer. “Pennsylvania’s time is coming. Artists of every genre, there’s more talent in Pennsylvania. It’s always been that way,” he said. “I just want to tell all the musicians that are trying to get at the top, Pennsylvania’s time is coming and it’s coming soon. My job is to try and help as many people get there as I can, and that’s what I do.”

For more information on Monster Track Supergroup and their performance at the Mill Tavern, check them out on Facebook.