Over the last several months, Cayetana’s Augusta Koch has been quietly playing new material in solo shows around town, trading her usual electric guitar for an acoustic one and letting her distinct voice fill smaller, quieter spaces. Now, we know where those songs were going — not to Cayetana (who released their last album just a year ago), but to a new project entirely. Gladie makes its debut with a full band EP, Everyone is Talking But You, out now, and a celebratory Philly show next week.
The four members of Three Man Cannon are rarely in the same place at the same time. They’re busy folks — so busy that we could only pin one of them down for this interview. Spenser Colmbs, Matt Schimelfenig, Pat Brier and Dennis Mishko were still teenagers when they formed the band in Scranton, PA, and the decade since has brought countless moves back and forth across the region, not to mention changes in their sound and their approach to songwriting and recording.
Yet while distance can be an issue — 100 mile trips up and down the Pennsylvania Turnpike aren’t exactly conducive to frequent band practices — Three Man Cannon is still going strong. The band braved a snowstorm last winter to convene for ten days in a cozy converted-barn studio in the Poconos, and, day by day, song by song, made what would become their new self-titled LP. Tucked away from the city and their hectic everyday lives, Three Man Cannon brought a new clarity to their music, filling in the pieces that were once missing with a sharp focus and collaborative spirit. The result is their best record yet.
Philly’s own Three Man Cannon have been rocking for so long that by now they sound like they’ve perfected the art of rock, if such a feat is possible. After about 10 years as a band — actually a four-piece, despite their name — Three Man Cannon have just released a new self-titled LP, their third full-length. The new record takes them far from their early days as an anarcho-folk punk high school band that played the basements of Scranton, PA, but their sonic evolution is a welcome one (plus you can still catch them at a Philly basement show from time to time). Continue reading →
Philly’s Three Man Cannon is a fairly low-key band. From their relaxed, lo-fi sound to nonexistent showiness, they seem to be some of the most easygoing yet extremely talented dudes in the scene (that, side note, I feel like deserve oodles more attention.) But this understated exposure may just halt here as the longtime four-piece announced an upcoming self-titled album, and have shared a new single to celebrate. Continue reading →
Philly dream poppers The Morelings make ethereal and soothing psych music that also has a bit of edge. These floaty sounds will swirl about Bourbon and Branch when they play the venue tonight. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch their Key Studio Session below. Continue reading →
While on their recent tour of the Midwest and Southeast, indie rockers Three Man Cannon stopped by Audiotree to film a live studio session that will make you wish the tour was just a bit longer. The Scranton-turned-Philly band is set to release a new record in the near future, the third record following 2014’s Pretty Many People and Will I Know You Then in 2015. The two previous records each have a distinctly different sound; it is anyone’s guess what the upcoming release will sound like, but it is sure to be just as jam-packed.
During the half-hour-long session, Three Man Cannon performed five songs: three from Will I Know You Then, one from Pretty Many People, and one preview from the new LP, “Forsythia.” In between tracks you can hear all about the wonders of color therapy glasses, guitarist Dennis Mishko’s time as a basketball referee, and how the four members were childhood friends before they were a band. Continue reading →
Taking advantage of the warming weather, Three Man Cannon and Queen Jesus are heading out on a joint east coast / midwest tour this month. The local bands, who share a member in drummer Pat Brier, will hit Pittsburgh, Bloomington, Asheville and more over the week+ run.
Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →
To be honest, I still can’t believe we got all four members of Three Man Cannon in the studio at the same time.
The Philly-based four piece — vets of the regional punk rock community — are busy, busy dudes. Singer-guitarist-keyboardist Matt Schimelfenig is a studio engineer by day (and night), and seems to always be working on someone or other’s records. Pat Brier drums plays in at least two other bands (8 and Queen Jesus) while Spenser Colmbs can sometimes be seen holding down the low end for Cherry, other times performing solo. As for guitarist Dennis Mishko, I’m not certain, but I believe TMC is his only project — so there’s that. But he also lives in Scranton. Continue reading →