Stephen Patchan, who plays guitar in The Ceiling Stares, works in a rather precarious spot for a rocker: local government. Patchan has been the Pittsburgh’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator since 2008. It’s a city-planning position concentrating on taking the needs of cyclists and pedestrians into account.
At first, he says, he was a bit reluctant to let his life as a rock guitarist interfere with his day job. “When I first started, I was more sensitive about it. It is a political position, and there are certain elements of rock ‘n’ roll that don’t jibe with that. But of course, it’s not like I’m G.G. Allin or anything like that.”