PBM (Poor Boy Music)
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PBM (Poor Boy Music)

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF
Band Rock Alternative


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"PBM- WDIV Local 4- Best Band Nominee"

Started by singer/songwriter/guitarist Nate Castle and trumpet player Tom Torrento, PBM began its journey in Warren, MI. Roughly two years later, trombonist Jeremiah “Miah” Hoehner, also from Warren, joined the band. All three members shared similar interests in music and a desire to push that kind of music back to the forefront of the music scene, not only in Detroit, but everywhere. With every show, the band began to gain local recognition with their quirky, horn-infused rock and unmistakable vocal harmonies—not to mention their hard work ethic. Over the years, PBM has gained worldwide acclaim (RawFish Records, LittleGiants Records, Honey Records, etc.) with their music being distributed throughout Germany, England, and France. Nate, Tom and Miah bring an immense amount of energy and a deep passion for creating and performing music.


"CD Baby Review"

With the growing popularity of the "Detroit Sound," PBM, or Poor Boy Music, has emerged from the D-town norm of garage-rock, rap and hip-hop, and is surprising audiences with a fresh style and a unique, fun sound. Since the bands inception into the music world in 1997, this eight-member group had been producing a sound that has been best described as upbeat, horn-powered rock.

The hard work of talented songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Nate Castle, and members Tom Torrento, Steve Zdanio, Garth Grawberg, Dave Jakubowski, Jerry Castle and Jeremiah Hoehner, has resulted in PBM's first full length, self-released CD, "Overview". PBM's music has been influenced by bands like Less Than Jake, Green Day and They Might Be Giants and is building a great fan base here in the states as well as in England. The September 2003 European tour produced the "Manchester Sessions" a 3 song EP to be released in October 2003.

PBM's love of music, raw energy, mad enthusiasm and desire to have fun is evident in their music, especially their live performances. PBM's sound continues to catch the attention of people, as their fan base continues to grow.

"PBM In Real Detroit"

Real Detroit Weekly
Volume 5, Issue 15
Week of May 21-27, 2003

Hailing from Warren, the PBM gang makes music for the soul. Led by talented guitarist/vocalist Nate Castle, the band, seven members strong, mixes jazzy horns with acoustic-driven rock, and what results is a fuzzy, feel-good collection of wonderment.
- REal Detroit

"Detroit at SXSW"

“While Eminem is the city's best-known son as of late, the Detroit music community proved it had much more to offer with a showcase at the Whiskey on the western end of the music district. Rock/rap act Trip found an enthusiastic crowd, as did rock outfit Shipwreck Union and the Deadstring Brothers. Although the show, which also featured sets by Gold Cash Gold, PBM, and Patrick Thomas, competed with parties sponsored by big name entities, it still managed to pack in a crowd eager to hear what Detroit has to offer.” Billboard.com senior editor Barry A. Jeckell is in the state's capitol for the event, and will file a daily diary detailing the sites and sounds.
- Billboard


"Hello Studio" EP- 1998
"I Think I'm President Now" EP- 2000
"PBM EP" 2003
"Overview" 2003
"Manchester Sessions" EP 2004
'One Sip At a Time" 2006
'In Sleep' 2010



It's not about making money. It's not about the "perks". As cliche as it sounds, it's solely about making fun, lasting music. It's about creating something with your friends that will live on for those who like it, who embrace it and who understand it..

Started by Nate Castle, PBM began its journey inside the halls of Cousino High School in Warren, MI. As the band collected new members, each musician brought with them different musical backgrounds to the group; different ideas, and a new creative energy. The sound of the band began to morph from a one-dimensional ska sound reflective of the mid-to-late 90's ska scene, to a solid, "fuzzy feel-good collection" of rock, pop, jazz, blues and swing. Mirroring the band's transition and maturation, the band changed their name from Peanut Butter Mosquitos to PBM (Poor Boy Music).

With each and every show, the band started to gain local recognition with their quirky, horn-infused rock, sarcastic lyrics, and unmistakable vocal harmonies—not to mention their hard work ethic and on-stage chemistry. But most importantly, the band is and always has been about the fans, connecting with them and creating memories and friendships along the way.

Over the years, the band's music has connected to people all over the world as their songs have appeared on compilations distributed by indie records labels RawFish Records, LittleGiants Records,Baby Boom Records and Honey Records. These compilations were distributed in Germany, England, Japan, Scotland, Austria and France. PBM's second album, One Sip At A Time, was released and distributed nationally in 2006. PBM has released 6 CD's (4 EP's and 2 full-length albums) and counting.

PBM appeared on NBC's first season of America's Got Talent, and made it to the semi-finals with the performance of their original song, Password. Before taping, PBM called David Hasslehoff on stage and backed him up as he sang "Unchain My Heart" to the studio audience. PBM has played shows in more than 40 states and toured internationally.

The band has enjoyed performing with accomplished musicians and bands, including Tommy James and the Shondells, Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Queen), The Used, Blessed Union of Souls, Gavin Degraw, The Verve Pipe, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, The Presidents of The United States of America, Ari Hest, and many other fine artists. PBM also performed twice on the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Show on WJR.

After a 2 year hiatus which saw members performing with various bands in the Detroit area, or collaborating to perform PBM music accoustically in coffee shops and colleges, the band reunited in 2009 and is working on making new music and offering music lovers something vastly different than what the Detroit music scene typically has to offer.

In the Fall of 2010, the band released the "In Sleep EP,' a four song collection of the band's newest material.