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.