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Fire & The Wheel CD Release at BlackCat DC
Brian Moran - Drums;
Donny Potter - Keyboard/Singer;
Joey Harrison - Horn/Singer;
Ron Storhaug - Guitar/Singer
Combining a densely layered three‐guitar attack with raw, nervy vocals, Mittenfields have drawn comparisons to some of the best indie rock acts of the 1990s. Far from an
exercise in pure nostalgia, however, the DC‐based ensemble has crafted its own unique sound combining elements of indie rock, shoegaze and noise pop.
Singer/bassist Dave Mann formed Mittenfields in 2008 with guitarist Sam Sherwood. After adding wunderkind math‐rock drummer Brian Moran to the mix, the lineup of
the band was completed with the arrival of guitarists Donald Seale and Michael Ball in late 2010. The quintet quickly headed into DC’s Inner Ear Studios, cranked up a wall of amps, and let it rip.
Mittenfields released their debut EP, The Fresh Sum, in July 2011, with the tracks “My Mind Is An Avalanche” and “Goliath FTW” being featured on college radio and
podcasts in the US and Canada. The band plans to return to the studio soon to record a follow‐up, and in the meantime is planning a series of east coast dates in support of The Fresh Sum.
The Fresh Sum
on Bandcamp: http://mittenfields.bandcamp.com/
Mittenfields have a rather enviable problem: they’re often too big for the room. At a recent gig by the newest incarnation of the quintet, the combination of Dave
Mann’s dark cutting bass lines and the maelstrom of the new three-guitar assault, the cozy Galaxy Hut felt like it might split apart like a De Havilland Comet at
any time. And with Mittenfields, it’s not simply about volume. Far louder bands don’t have this effect. I’ve thought long and hard about why Mittenfields – five
soft-spoken, seemingly normal, affable guys – might have this effect on a space and all I can come up with is ambition. Mittenfields don’t really go half-way;
they have an almost operatic sense of drama (both musically and sonically). A relatively simple song isn’t so simple after being mangled by three guitars taking
three distinct angles and howled out toward the sky by the usually cheery Mann. In fact, it is the steady, propulsive rhythm section that keeps these songs from
spinning wildly out of control and focuses the tension back toward the center of the room where it threatens to, at the very least, tip over your drink. Mittenfields
dares to think big at a time when lots of bands prefer to play small-ball. Having only seen Mittenfields play in smaller venues, I wonder how completely they could
fill a larger space and what dangers they might pose if given such a platform.
-Michael Kentoff (The Caribbean)
Re: “Mixed Signals (On The Rocks)” off of The Fresh Sum EP.
“It’s excellent! It’s very committed! I like it a lot.”
-Travis Morrison (The Dismemberment Plan)
Lost Civilizations, a set on Flickr.
Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant
Ted Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments)
Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Bass Clarinet)
SouthWork at the Rock N’ Roll Hotel, a set on Flickr.
Performance At the Rock N’ Roll Hotel
-Mike Vivas - Guitar; Lead Vocals;
-Mike Vogel - Keyboards; Backing Vocals; Kazoo;
-Nick Anastasi - Bass;
-Joe Smith - Drums; Backing Vocals;
-Al Smith - Baritone Sax; Backing Vocals; Percussion;
-Tony Trov - Tenor Sax; Percussion; Ukulele;
-Erich Miller - Trumpet; Percussion
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Brick wall painting graffiti u street dc (Taken with instagram)
Butterfly on a brick wall on u street (Taken with instagram)
MLK Martin Luther King —- U street poster sticker (Taken with instagram)
Message (Taken with instagram)
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