WKNC Promotions Director Katelyn Auger captures the sights and sounds of the 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, N.C. Background music by Blois used by permission.
Teen Suicide, a lo-fi band from Maryland, and Museum Mouth, Double Barrel Benefit 13 band and long-time favorites of KNC, were the opening acts for Say Anything and mewithoutYou on Thursday, May 19th at Cat’s Cradle. I was most eager to see Teen Suicide after listening to their much anticipated 26-song album It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot. The album has a diverse mix of genres ranging from typical indie pop songs like “Falling Out of Love With Me,” to the jarring industrial sounds on “Beauty.” No song is similar and it was hard to imagine what type of sound the band would be going for during the show. Teen Suicide didn’t disappoint, going with two electric guitars, bass, and drums. Doing great renditions of old favorites like “Benzo” and “the same things happening to me all the time, even in my dreams,” opting for a less ambient sound and going with a heavier indie rock sound, but still with the band’s overarching theme of teenage sadness. The songs off the new album were more indie rock sounding, like “Pavement” and “Alex.” It was a great performance and showed at least one aspect of the band’s diverse toolkit. Hopefully Teen Suicide will come back to the Triangle soon and change up their sound a little to highlight other songs on their newest album. mewithoutYou, Say Anything, and Museum Mouth had great performance as well. Museum Mouth played some newer songs like “Incubus Tattoo” and “Wave Emoji” and highlights from their newest album Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig. Lastly the show was not complete without Graham from Museum Mouth getting married to his fiancée, in the middle of the Cat’s Cradle crowd before mewithoutYou started their set. It was definitely a night to be remembered.
Museum Mouth is no stranger to WKNC. With their heartfelt lyrics and indie punk feels, these Double Barrel veterans have garnered a supportive and loyal following here in the Triangle.
Coming out of NC coastal town Southport, Museum Mouth formed in 2009. They released their first EP I Am the Idiot Of The Jungle in 2010, followed quickly by full-length Tears in my Beer. This album, along with their later releases Sexy But Not Happy and Alex I Am Nothing received four-star reviews on PunkNews.org. The group gained their first big recognition winning mtvU’s Freshmen in 2012, getting the title track of SBNH aired on the channel. Since their start, Museum Mouth has only continued to grow and cultivate their sound. They also released a split EP last year with Double Barrel artist Naked Naps.
– Phian Tran, WKNC Local Band Local Beer Coordinator
Originating at the beloved house show venue Mattress Fort and boasting a minimal two-piece sound, Naked Naps have exemplified the DIY rock scene in the Triangle for years. And they’re coming to Double Barrel hot off of their second full-length record. The duo have a unique talent for creating songs that feel sincerely emotional while simultaneously detached and cynical. Their music is bursting with energy but is also subtle and understated. The strong following their fantastic debut album generated is only getting bigger after their latest record and their split EP with fellow DBB artist Museum Mouth. With their new material ready to hit the stage for the first time, Naked Naps is the perfect band to kick things off at this year’s Double Barrel Benefit.
– Alex Johnson, WKNC Local Music Director
Kings Barcade – Saturday, January 16 at 9 pm
An incredible lineup is coming to Kings tonight!
Local faves Museum Mouth are headlining and are sure to bring the noise. One of my favorite aspects of the band is the instrumentation; Karl Kuehn plays drums and sings Museum Mouth’s emotive lyrics at a punk rock pace. Museum Mouth are getting ready for Double Barrel Benefit 13, then tour with Say Anything through April and May. They released a few new tracks late last year. I’m pumped to catch them for some of their last local shows this weekend and at DBB before they hit it big time. Speaking of Double Barrel (specifically, DBB alums), Dax Beaton from Body Games will be performing a solo set. This will be a unique set for anyone who’s seen Body Games before, since they usually perform with three members. We’ll have to see what Dax has in store, but if previous shows are any indication, it will be an awesome, danceable, and immersive audiovisual experience.
Linking these two seemingly disjoint acts will be Kississippi and Superbody. Described as popviolence, Philadelphia two-piece Kississippi plays impressively catchy rock grooves without overfilling their musical space. Paper Magazine named them in their list of Top Musicians Who Will Dominate 2016. This will be the second-to-last show of Kississippi’s winter tour, so they’re sure to impress. Superbody mixes nonsensical ideas (best exhibited in their video for “Call Me That”) with classic pop beats to create truly different but still addicting music. If you’re a fan of at least one of these artists, odds are you’ll be led to like the others through Kississippi’s and Superbody’s performances. I’m looking forward to learning more about electronic influences on music this weekend at the show. The lineup is great in that there is no obvious common thread through all four acts, but each artist fits into several genres and can be easily related to one other.
Raleigh Neomonde Catering – Kings Barcade
Museum Mouth – Kings Barcade
Jefre Cantu + Greg Fox – Neptune’s
Mamiffer + Jenks Miller – Kings Barcade
Blanket – Neptune’s
Sagan Youth – Neptune’s
Hopscotch is approaching… and you certainly don’t wanna miss our day party extravaganza with fellow Triangle college radio stations WXYC and WXDU! There will be free food and FREE MUSIC! Kings is all ages and Neptunes is 18+ for this special event. Come hang out and mend college radio rivalry Friday, September 11th!
Family Bike members Karl Kuehn, also from the local favorite Museum Mouth, and Taylor Haag, the ecstatic drummer, set the bar high for all release shows to come by hosting it at Jellybean’s, the super skate center located in both the Triangle and Wilmington.
If you can rent it out for your kid’s seventh birthday party, why not for your album release party?
It had been years since I went to a skating rink and climbed into those beautiful, beige rental skates. Everything was exactly as I remembered. The smell of disinfectant, the lack of coordination coupled with the hard, unforgiving floor, and the iconic disco ball.
Astro Cowboy, another local favorite from Wilmington, opened the show with lead singer and guitarist Travis Harrington standing a few inches taller in his rental skates. Behind him was Kameron Vann, the drummer for the group, who unfortunately could not wear skates while performing, since drumming and skating do not mix.
Once Family Bike hit the stage, Karl Kuehn started off with the nostalgic game of “Red Light Green Light,” one game almost everyone has played in their childhood. Family Bike played the latest off their album, including the bangers “Idiot Boy” and “Places.”
Halfway through their set, things took an interesting turn. Travis Harrington, while proving his proficiency in rocking by his opening set, had not yet perfected his rolling and tumbled into Taylor Haag’s drum set. This was right after Kuehn introduced “a song about doing shrooms,” otherwise known as “Dylan’s Room.”
I like to think this accident set the mood for the whole evening. The mood was laidback and embraced the local scene. Family Bike played a great show with tons of local support around them.
The setting of the venue was appropriate for harboring a carefree, inclusive atmosphere. The skating rink is for times of celebrating achievements, and like a seven year old’s birthday, Family Bike deserves all of the praise.
Only a few days away from Reverb Fest, I chilled by a pool with Karl Kuehn from Museum Mouth to discuss his newest musical project, Family Bike. Family Bike is playing the day-long Reverb Fest in Charlotte, NC this Saturday. This edition of Reverb Fest benefits the Humane Farming Association, featuring seven North Carolina bands including Double Barrel Benefit 12 alumni Elvis Depressedly. Kuehn and I sipped on Pellegrino and chatted about the band’s upcoming release, their fast-pace touring, and hating FB drummer Taylor Haag.
Emily Ehling: Just so I don’t use the same questions you’re always asked, tell me the normal Family Bike questions. This might be cheating but tell me anyway. [both laugh]
Karl Kuehn: Lately a lot of people have been asking how much I love Taylor Haag, which I think is a really weird question, maybe even cryptic or backhanded, because I love him but I also really hate him. I think I love him as much as I hate him probably. Another question I’ve been getting asked a lot recently is who the “other guy” is in Family Bike, who is actually Tommy Hall. He’s also in another band called Pet Names.
EE: Aw, that’s actually pretty sad to be the “other guy.”
KK: Yeah, but Tommy is the best and he’s super sweet to play bass for us, because there’s bass all over this record.
EE: What an angel. So, already being in a very established band like Museum Mouth, how do you negate away from Family Bike being considered a sort of side project?
KK: I just treat it like another band. It’s easy to be in this band and it was easy to start and record with this band. Taylor and I had already had the songs that appear on the record just sitting around for a while and they were probably never going to get released if we didn’t start this band.
EE: Since we’re on the subject Museum Mouth and Family Bike being separate, how would you describe the difference in sound between the two bands.
KK: I would say that if these bands were cast in a sitcom, Museum Mouth is the important main character, the protagonist. Family Bike is like the weird uncle. Lovable, but just strange. [laughs]
EE: Like the drunk uncle at a wedding.
KK: [laughs] Yeah, just like… why is he like that?
EE: So this band is relatively new, but it seems like you have already done a lot of cool stuff.
KK: We have!
EE: And cool upcoming stuff, like Reverb Fest… which is what this interview is about.
KK: Yeah! Well, we started recording in the middle to the end of last year. As the record was being finished, some friends in Lilac Days hit us up about going on tour. So we did, and we got home, made sure everything was in line for putting out the vinyl [Everything You Own Is Anagrammed] on Negative Fun/EggHunt Records. We went on tour again, and played a bunch of shows in North Carolina and Virginia, then came back and got asked to play Reverb Fest which is really exciting. We’re also touring two more weeks in the beginning of June when the record is actually out. I guess when you make an album, and a label shows some interest, then things just start rolling after that. This was really just started for fun and now we’re on tour a bunch! It’s kind of zany.
EE: That is really cool.
KK: Definitely. Phil Pucci, one of the two people that book all the Reverb Fest stuff, had asked me some questions about the band when he heard I started it. I sent him the record, he really liked it, and asked us to play. Pretty cool.
EE: Nice! So you mentioned earlier that all of you are in different bands?
KK: Yeah, Tommy is in Pet Names and Taylor is in a band out of Richmond called Young Scum.
EE: That is such a good name.
KK: It’s a super good name, but he kind of hates it which is really funny. For months and months he actually kept this other band a secret from me, then slowly started talking about it to me.
EE: [laughs] Woah, very scandalous.
KK: He is still is kind of secretive when he talks about it. Young Scum is good though, I got to meet a few members when we were up in Virginia.
EE: Alright, Reverb Fest [both laugh]. You have to be excited. There are some pretty big names playing and also some of your local favorites.
KK: Definitely! The new Mineral Girls record is really good so I’m excited to hear some of those songs live. Museum Mouth got to play with Elvis Depressedly for Double Barrel Benefit 12, so it’s cool to get to play with them again. They’re rad.
EE: It is definitely cool seeing DBB alumni playing together again. So, I’m not going to lie, I’m a little confused about the release of Everything You Own Is Anagrammed. Let’s clear that up. [both laugh]
KK: Right. The record isn’t out yet, but when you put something out on vinyl, but before you get the copies for the label, you have to approve a test press. Since our vinyl got delayed a bunch and we were about to go on this tour with no merch at all, we ordered a bunch of test presses to sell as an exclusive type of thing. We were really early on in the round of press for the album so we couldn’t give anyone downloads for it yet or it would leak, so that was unfortunate. Once the record comes out for real on May 26th, the people who bought test presses will get the downloads.
EE: Alright, that makes sense. Thanks for run-down.
KK: Totally. Aside from those test presses, we also had two songs stream on BrooklynVegan. The full stream for the album doesn’t go up until next week.
EE: So look for that, readers. As we’re finishing up here, do you have any parting thoughts?
KK: Please buy our album! [laughs] A lot of time and a lot of nice people’s money went into making this happen, so it would be cool if you supported.
Look for Family Bike’s full stream of Everything You Owned Is Anagrammed on Modern Vinyl 5/19 and the album release on 5/26.