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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Mystery Friends (no unusual pronunciation)
Recommended if you like: LCD Soundsystem, Chvches, Phoenix, Talking Heads
Story behind your band/artist name: We began playing a year ago (and gradually developed our sound) but could not agree on a name. So we used a random name generator as a joke and actually decided we really liked "Mystery Friends" so we stuck with it. It was easier to promote than the "shrug" emoticon.
Band Members: Abby Sevcik (vocals/synth); Dave Mohl (guitar/synth); Danny Forrest (guitar); Robbie Lee (bass)
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : D.C. proper (3/4 of the band live in Dupont and U Street, Abby lives in Arlington)
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: - Abby is also a solo recording artist, performing singer-songwriter music and Dave comes from a background in the noise-rock world, so there is a wide variety of influences.
- For the last few months, a friend of the band (who is in graduate school for sociology) made us the subject of her paper, studying the ecosystem of a band, how the members interact, how the sound develops, and how each person talks about the music in the group and private setting. She's finished the paper, but we haven't read it yet. So, we are both a band, and a field study.
- When we began playing, Robbie owned a bass, but had never played it.
- 3/4 of the band members are from the Midwest (St. Louis and Iowa) but are all comfortably relocated to DC. Robbie is born and bred in Alexandria.
- Dave's rule for the band from the beginning was no jam band and no cover band, and so far this rule has held.
- Band practice initially was just an excuse for 3 of us to meet once a week and drink a bunch of whiskey while tying not to get a noise complaint. That gradually focused into actual songs.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Our debut EP came out summer 2017!
Official Website URL: http://mysteryfriendsband.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/mysteryfriendsband
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1nkamhZ86zDvuB1HB3Wq8y
Other Links: https://instagram.com/mysteryfriends
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: dance rock, post-punk, dance punk, new wave, synth pop, rock, electronic