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Expat Chats: Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears checks in from the Pacific Northwest

Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears | Photo by Adam Haney
Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears | Photo by Adam Haney

If you ask Corey Duncan where he is from, he’ll tell you Philadelphia.

The man behind Oh! Pears, is well known to Philadelphians in the music scene. With his everlasting love for quality pizza and of the word “jawn,” you’d probably think he is a Philly native, but geographically he is from Seattle. He grew up in the suburbs there.

Two years ago, he moved back to the West Coast after living in Philly since he was 19. Continue reading →

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Expat Chats: Cheers Elephant visit from sunny California to headline Union Transfer on Friday

Cheers Elephant | photo by Debbie Zak Cohen
Cheers Elephant | photo by Debbie Zak Cohen

Surf. Sand. Warm weather year-round. Does the West Coast feel like paradise? For Cheers Elephant, the answer is definitely yes. Southern California is now home to the formerly Philly-based band.

Cheers Elephant formed in 2007 and built up quite a name for themselves in the local Philly scene. As the years went on, they started booking more shows and doing larger tours. Earlier this year, the band made the cross-country jump to California.

So why did they leave?  Moving was something they always knew would happen, The band describes themselves as outdoorsy people, so the environment of California was fitting. Signing with a management company based in L.A, and having a few girlfriends locate west, they all agreed it was the right time to move.

Thus far, the band loves the Californian laid back vibes, and they have been keeping busy with writing and planning shows.

Besides weather, there are definitely differences in the way people interact and the music scene. “Philly is more tightly knit. We were good friends with a lot of bands. It was a close-knit community. L.A. is all sprawled out,” said bass player Matt Rothstein. They haven’t really discovered the music scene of Southern California or if there even is one.

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