The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Mohican
- by Alexis V.
Do not call local instrumental rock quartet Mohican
a post-rock band. The Philly natives recently impressed us with their patient, stoney jams, and took top honors in our Featured Artist(s) Poll. You can learn more about the group’s dislikes and likes in our interview below. Also catch them live on Thursday, April 25 at the North Star Bar.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Mohican: Individually we have been making music since we were kids, but as a band, we came together over the course of 2012 with similar ideas and feelings in mind. It is difficult to describe how. It feels very natural.
TD: Where did the name Mohican come from?
M: It comes from The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757. It’s a classic story, and the movie adaptation was pretty cool. Honestly, we just think it’s a really cool word, so we ran with it.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
M: We all have different tastes, but we shared influence with some common appreciation for bands such as Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Russian Circles. We would prefer not be catagorized as a post rock band just because we are currently instrumental. Our influences run thick and we are still searching for our sound. We don’t feel like we are a slave to any one specific genre.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
M: There are tons of great bands in Philly and the surrounding areas. We have been listening to Psychic Teens, Ladder Devils, Air Is Human, Abilities, Creepoid, Fight Amp, teen suicide, and Let It Out Matt, to name a few. All of these bands are close by and seriously impressive. We highly recommend lending an ear.
TD: What’s the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
M: This is impossible to answer as a band, but we have had our fair share of crappy records and concerts from our childhoods.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
M: It’s an eclectic place to be. There’s amazing food, culture, and there is an awesome underground scene unfolding, and we are excited to contribute to it.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
M: We try to look for the best in things, but some things you can't look past. We hate the ignorance in people. The lack of respect for the city on a daily basis. The crime and corruption. It exists everywhere, not just Philly.
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
M: 2013 is looking good. We are planning our first tour, and we are putting out a new EP entitled, The Struggle. Shooting for a 12” vinyl release. Hopefully sometime in the summer. Lots of cool stuff in the works. We are very excited.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
M: Our first time playing at Kung Fu Necktie was very memorable. The energy was crazy, and we were honored to play with some awesome bands that we look up to and listen to regularly (ASIWYFA, Zechs Marquise).
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
M: Once again, tough to answer as a whole, but THE deli to check out in Philly is Chickie’s on Federal St. Never been let down. Ever.
(Photo by Sam DeSantis)