We recently learned that independent rock band, The Mean Season moved to Brookland. Since 2011, the trio, made up of band mates Cherie, Mathias and Ryan, have been playing DC music venues like the Wonderland Ballroom, DC9, Club Heaven Hell, Velvet Lounge, Black Cat, and the Rock and Roll Hotel, as well as venues in other cities like Brooklyn and Philadelphia. I checked out their album and was instantly hooked. Their music is pretty catchy and accessible and leans towards modern folk, although it is pretty solidly rock. The band recently recorded 9 new tracks and we can’t wait to hear those too. Interested in checking them out? You can download their self titled EP, released in 2012, at iTunes and Amazon or check them out live on Tuesday, September 24 at the Black Cat. I caught up with the band and asked them a few questions, below. We hope you will join us in welcoming them to the neighborhood!
What prompted you to move to Brookland? Do all three of you live here?
We all moved here from Columbia Heights so we could have a larger place. Our apartment was great, but it was small and our neighbors were really loud.
How do you like it here so far?
We love it so far. Mathias and Cherie’s bike commute to work has gone from 1.5 miles to 5, but it’s worth it. The neighborhood is awesome.
Describe your music for our readers, and what are your biggest musical influences?
We don’t really fit into just one genre. We try to write whatever we think sounds good and hope people will like it. We each listen to various types of artists. Right now, we’re really into Townes Van Zandt, The Kills, and Paul Simon.
We noticed from your Tweets and Facebook posts that you recently recorded some new songs. How do these compare with the songs on your self-titled album?
The songs on the first EP all meshed very well. The songs that we just recorded are a better representation of our song writing ability. We didn’t try to make everything sound similar. There are songs that are heavier where Ryan sings and there are softer songs where it’s just Cherie. We feel like it is a better representation of the band.
What is next for the band? Where do you see yourselves a few years out?
We are playing a show on September 24 at the Black Cat with The End of America and America Opera. We don’t have anything scheduled after that and probably won’t have another show until our album is ready to be released. We hope to tour a lot more in the coming months. We went on a short tour of the east coast earlier this year and had a lot of fun.
What are the best ways for Brooklanders to follow and support the band?
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
We are excited to be a part of such a great neighborhood and we hope to see you around!