Someone should hit me. I have put off reviewing Meeting of Important People’s debut album, which came out late last March, for nearly five months now. However, after seeing them close to seven times over the past year, I can certainly attest to their quality. One of the first Pittsburgh bands who truly pushed me into discovering local music, MOIP are most definitely a power pop force to be reckoned with. Between cuts like “I Know Every Street” and “Mothers Pay More” their debut was a steadily assured work of craftsmanship, lovingly created with a keen ear for hook and melody that lead singer/guitarist Josh Verbantes has been known for (popsmith? is that a profession?). Now, with their first proper video for “Brittney Lane” (which is all over WYEP at the moment) and rumblings of a recent signing to an indie imprint, MOIP seem poised to venture further outside the confluence than ever before. Thanks to HughShows for the heads up.