About Pushing Pluto

Our Story

The band Pushing Pluto was formed by Nick Tangen (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) in late 2015. There had been a rotating door of musicians up until 2019. Austin Johnson (current drummer) joined the band as a bassist through the recommendation of a previous drummer, Donnie. Later in 2019, Connor Lafferty joined the band to play lead guitar after meeting Pushing Pluto at a house show.

Shortly after, Donnie left the band and Austin transitioned into the role of drummer. We met our current bass player Adrian D Thomas (bassist), in 2020. Adrian had responded to a Facebook ad we put out, and the rest is history. After Conor’s departure in late 2021, Jake Dieball joined the band as the new lead guitarist. Now that we have a full band, we’ve been writing new music, learning many covers and playing all over the valley.

Pushing Pluto is a band that plays original music and a wide variety of covers ranging from the 60’s, 70’s. 80.s, 90’s and early 2000’s. What sets us apart from many other local artists is our original music, and that is what we are most proud of. When Nick originally formed the band, he didn’t want to peg us into one specific genre. Music has endless possibilities, and he wanted to explore it to wherever it brought us. A person can hear that when they listen to our original music – we play what sounds good to us, and that’s pretty much it.


Nick Tangen

Vocals / Rhythm Guitar


Kevin Nugent

Bass Guitar

Austin Johnson



Jake Dieball

Lead Guitar

Songs We Cover

Alice In Chains

Down In A Hole

Bill Withers

Ain't No Sunshine

Chris Stapleton

Tennessee Whiskey

Foo Fighters

Big Me

Kings Of Leon

Molly's Chambers

Marcy Playground

Sex and Candy


About A Girl
In Bloom
All Apologies


Karma Police
National Anthem

Rolling Stones

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Social Distortion

Ball and Chain

Sticky Fingers



Smoke Two Joints

Temple of the Dog

Hunger Strike


Say It Ain't So
Undone (Sweater Song)


Come Together
We Can Work It Out
While My Guitar Gently Weeps


I Will Survive

The Eagles

Hotel California

Garth Brooks

Friends In Low Places

Franz Ferdinand

Take Me Out

James Gang

Funk 49

Marshall Tucker Band

Can't You See

Pearl Jam

Last Kiss

The Pixies

Where Is My Mind

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Can't Stop
Dani California
Soul to Squeeze
Give It Away
Under The Bridge

Ryan Adams

Gimme Something Good

Stevie Wonder


The Cure

Just Like Heaven
Boys Don't Cry

Talking Heads

Psycho Killer

Black Sabbath

War Pigs


Sunshine Of Your Love


Kids With Guns

Jimi Hendrix

Little Wing
Purple Haze

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Free Bird
Simple Man
Tuesday's Gone

Mac Demarco

Freaking Out The Neighborhood

Modest Mouse

Float On

Pink Floyd


Rage Against The Machine

Killing in the Name


Driver 8
Losing My Religion

Stone Temple Pilots

Interstate Love Song

The Strokes

Last Nite

Tyler Childers

Feathered Indians

Tom Petty

Won't Back Down
Mary Jane's Last Dance
You Wreck Me