Tonight: Magic Mouth Drops EP and Video at Mississippi Studios
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Remember when my colleague Daniel Borgen told you all about local queer rock band Magic Mouth and how you need to see them before they go platinum? Tonight would seem to be the night. Magic Mouth releases a six-song EP and a video Wednesday, April 11 at Mississippi Studios. Aside from offering potential future indie cred, the release show promises to offer a "high energy, booty shakinâ€™" blend of punk, rock, and soul:
â€œAna has a lot of history playing punk and Latin music,â€ Peter said, expounding on MMâ€™s current dynamic. â€œBrendan has great rhythmic sensibility â€” since his main craft has been DJing.â€ (Most know him as the popular DJ Pocket Rock-It.) Both Peter and Stephfon grew up choir boys with mothers as pastors, a background Peter credits for their vocal relationship. â€œEven though we have different voices and styles, we have chemistry in harmonies and phrasing that is hard to find.â€ When it comes to songwriting and arranging, MM starts when one of the foursome comes to the group with a simple hook or bass line, and the rest of the band starts piling on parts. Peter and Stephfon trade off singing, often crafting lyrics on the spot together, working their now-signature call and response angle. â€œItâ€™s always a mystery what weâ€™ll come up with,â€ Peter said. â€œWe go to practice and our sound keeps morphing.â€
And that's just Magic Mouth. Joining them for the release show are openers and "band crush" Stay Calm, and DJs Roy G Biv (Bent) and Huff N Stuff (Queerlandia). Easily worth the $5 cover. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9.