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October 2014
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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New Mohican EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Below is the latest EP from instrumental rock outfit Mohican entitled The Abuse Is Character, the follow-up to the band's debut Honest Red. Captured live on a snowy winter day and during a sweltering summer heat wave in a Philly warehouse space, the album was recorded and mixed by Brad Wallace. The Abuse Is Character was released via Parts Philly/Swamp Youth Collective, and is available for purchase. Enjoy!

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Weekend Warrior, January 17 - 19

The Boot & Saddle will be going out there this Saturday night as it welcomes three unique bands, who are known for the elaborate and transcendental soundscapes that their instrumentals create. Notorious for their “metal for astronauts,” Rosetta creates a programmatic soundtrack of pulse pounding drums, thrashing yet vibrant guitar riffs, ambient electronics, and sludge vocals that transport the listener on an otherworldly flight through time and space. From their epic debut The Galilean Satellites to their first totally independent release The Anaesthete, they have delivered riveting performances all across the globe, and their first Philly show of the year should be no exception. They are no strangers to sharing the stage with electronic virtuosos Grimace Federation, and heavy, apocalyptic instrumentalists Mohican will be in their element as they play in support of their newly released EP The Abuse Is Character. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 9PM, $10 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
More places to be this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Haggard, SAT Geology, Oldermost
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Strength For A Reason, Rock Bottom, Heathen Reign, (Late) Rockers Galore, SAT Killer Bangs, SUN The Rivals, Younger Me
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sunburster, Serpent Throne, SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Our Waking Deception
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Tungsten Album Release Party w/Power Theory, Mistress
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vertical Current, SAT Our Griffins
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Big Plastic Finger, Curandoros, NoiseMan
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI You Do You Release Show w/Tin Horses, The Great Vibration, Song Dogs, SAT Johnny Flynn, The Melodic
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT HOSER, Snoozer, Village, APE!, the Cloth
 
JR’s (2327 S. Croskey St.) Benefit for Project MEOW FRI Nightfall, Spent Flesh, Retreevers (Tape Release), Janelle (Tape Release), SGNLS, Population Zero, SAT Plague Dogs, Casket, (Record Release), Alement, Occult 45 (Record Release)
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT True Will, Plantation, 20til8, Pravda, Starskream
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Bees In A Bottle
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Ill Doots, Ashley Leone, Supreem and The New Experience, Platinum Mustache, SAT John The Conqueror
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Lamplighters, SAT Reality Childs, SUN All Shepherds We Shall Be, Panic Sets In, Lower The Standard, Hansford, Winderemere
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sacred Cube, The Madeleine Haze, Fate 88, SAT Leo Minor, Funky T, Moonshine Heather, Hardwork Movement
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Rolling Stones Tribute Night w/The Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4, Brown Sugar, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Friends
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SAT Jesse Spearhawk, Mitch Esparza
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Crybaby, Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Pocket, Marge, SUN Kids, Sore Saints
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Ambulars, Heavy Bangs
 
Freedom 75 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Cut The Motor, Eyeshock Swelter
 

Mohican Taking Over at KFN Jan. 7

Instrumental rock trio Mohican is quickly becoming a favorite in Philly among its musicians and bookers/promoters. It’s quite understandable as their emotive jams wax and wane from beautiful, airy strolls to epic crescendos. The band is getting ready to release their next album The Abuse Is Character on January 16. They’ll be taking over Kung Fu Necktie tonight when the group headlines its main stage with support from D.C.’s Myrrh Myrrh, Village and Timbers. But the night won’t end when the bands unplug because Mohican will also be hosting an after-party where they’ll be spinning tunes to keep everyone warm. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.

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Free Download: "SELF-PROPELLED ORGANISM" - Mohican & Debut Release From New Local Indie Label Parts Philly

Check out and download for free the new epic jam called "SELF-PROPELLED ORGANISM" from instrumental four-piece Mohican! It's the inaugural release from Parts Philly, a new local indie label from Creepoid's Pat Troxell and Bonfire co-worker Kevin Horn, which was created to be a jump-off label for local bands to help expose the killer music coming out of Philly. Troxell and Horn became big fans of Mohican after catching them live at a house show. Be on the look out for more releases from Parts Philly coming in the near futture!

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The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Mohican

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 HERE. Also catch them live on Thursday, April 25 at the North Star Bar. 

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