At its core, Scranton-based punk rock band Crock Pot Abduction is a group of great friends who make great music together.
The members met in their middle school band days, and even though they don’t play Green Day covers at the high school talent show anymore, they still rock NEPA’s stages.
Q: How did you get involved in music?
Connor Langan: When I was 12, I wanted to play guitar because I was playing the video game, “Guitar Hero,” a lot. I figured out it wasn’t really for me and switched to the bass guitar when I was 14 years old, which came a lot more naturally to me.
Jake Decker: I got involved in with music when I was in the fourth grade. I was in the elementary school band and I learned trumpet.
Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
Dominic Ludovici: I am a naturally shy person, so it was pretty nerve-wracking. We played at our high school’s talent show, and I think I looked everywhere except for out in the crowd.
CL: I remember being very nervous, sweaty too. We were playing a gig at West Scranton High School, “Bands Against Bullying.” We only played four songs, and half of them were Green Day covers. We were terrible, but it was OK because we were all 14 years old.
Q: How did you guys come up with your name?
DL: We originally had a different name but still had the abbreviation of CPA, which we felt really worked better. We thought about an alien abduction stealing crock pots, and it worked with CPA, thus making Crock Pot Abduction.
Q: What is the process like for writing
CL: Usually Jake or I write a song, bring it to the band, and then we all work out our own parts to bring a flavor from each member into the song.
Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
DL: We originally started doing covers in the first couple months, playing ‘90s alternative rock. As we grew up and out of high school, we all came to have our own unique tastes in music ranging from the Beach Boys and the Beatles to when we do snippits of “Paper Planes” by female hip-hop artist MIA.
CL: Well, at some point I decided to pick up the guitar again, and I have gotten a bit more serious about my writing. I make it fun for myself; I don’t force songwriting. I let it come naturally.
JD: I’ve improved my keyboard playing, which I would like to incorporate into the band more.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
CL: Every show at New Visions Studio and Gallery. It had just the best crowds and the best people. At the time, it made me feel like I was on top of the world.
Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
CL: The NEPA music scene is and always has been a treasure trove of talent. Bands coming out of this area sound better than anything you’re going to hear on the radio. The only thing that’s changed is a lack of all-age music venues.
Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
DL: My favorite band is Pearl Jam. They have personally influenced me with their attitude towards music, which was similar to “do what you want, not what the people want.”
JD: I’ve always been influenced by many bands from around here. Okay Paddy and the Sw!ms are two of my favorites. The Beach Boys have also been a more recent influence.
Q: What is the biggest challenge?
DL: Trying to overcome my fear of performing in public. It’s still awkward some times, but we have made that awkwardness part of the CPA experience when we play live.
CL: Getting your audience to truly bring the music home and get interested in the band. You can play as flawlessly as you want, but you gotta make it memorable.
Q: What are your future goals for the band?
CL: Write and record another album of material and just have fun. I don’t plan to “make it big” or anything like that. Playing music is about the outlet and the fun for me. If success comes, that’s just a bonus.
Crock Pot Abduction
Genre: Rock, punk alternative
Connor Langan, bass guitar,
Jake Decker, guitar, vocals, bass;
PJ Cimino, guitar and vocals;
Dominic Ludovici, guitar and bass;
Joe Belfanti, percussion