Voice of Pizza Presents
Old Flings, Museum Mouth
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Without a distinguishable understanding of the pop and intensity, a silent video of a Lemuria show would appear to be that of a blistering hardcore trio. To the viewers surprise, turning the audio on they'd find the stage diving mania and screamers are really chanting "Maybe I should wear lipstick too" or "You fit in my skin, softest I've let in" as guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella's dynamic, melodic voice guides the unlikely chorus.
Lemuria might not sound like they are from Buffalo, NY, but the band was proudly birthed there, following the legacy of an oddly eclectic, if not eccentric, music scene. When you loosen your ears to the sugary indie-pop, you'll discover discordant notes, odd time signatures, and brutal riffs creating menacing yet catchy music.
Releasing their early 7" EPs and splits on drummer/vocalist Alex Kerns' label 'Art of the Underground', they landed their debut full length 'Get Better' on west coast pop-punk label Asian Man Records. Following their debut, and worked into an ambitious DIY touring schedule, they sprinkled 7" releases around on labels such as Hex, No Idea Records, and Suburban Home. Eventually, they would settle in with the Boston-based, notoriously hardcore oriented Bridge 9 Records with their 2011 sophomore album, 'Pebble'.
Since 2004, Lemuria has developed a cult following of fans who have found a branch to grab onto. Their lyrics have been carved into their fans skin permanently. Their songs have become personal anthems, game changers, wedding vows and breakup manifestos
Entering the studio soon, expect a triumph from indie darlings Lemuria in 2013.
OLD FLINGS is a three piece rock/punk band whose influences range from Samiam to Gin Blossoms to Hot Water Music to 90s-era Revelation Records. But maybe we don't really sound like most of those bands.
Formed in Fall of 2010, OLD FLINGS boasts current and former members of JUST DIE!, MEGAHURTZ, THE CAMPAIGN 1984, and NIGHTS ON FIRE. What started out as a fun way to electrify and inject intensity into Matt Evans' acoustic solo songs has become a full-fledged output of loud, honest, and punk-induced pop rock anthems. Songs like "Merry Go Round" and "Postcards" showcase the trios' love for 90s alternative rock, while remembering their punk roots.
A demo was recorded by Dave Barrett before the end of 2010, which was pressed first via the b-side of Matt Evans' solo EP on cassette (SELF AWARE RECORDS) and secondly onto CD format via a joint effort of BITTER MELODY RECORDS and SELF AWARE RECORDS. The trio plans to continue writing, with the hopes of recording a full length shortly after 2012 begins.
Old Flings has shared the stage (and floor) with BANE, DEFEATER, PJ BOND, MIXTAPES, CANDY HEARTS, IRON CHIC, MILES AWAY, DEAD END PATH, KOJI, TIMESHARES, HOLD TIGHT, RUBRICS, BOYS NO GOOD, THE RICE CAKES, DEAR KAVALIER, FUTURE WIVES, SUNDIALS, SLEEPING SPIDERS, THE TAXPAYERS, RYAN SHEFFIELD, FORGET ME, ALGERNON CADWALLADER, SNOWING, THE RIOT BEFORE, APART, COLLAPSE, ROBERT DOUGLAS TRAVIS, JOEY DOWNS, and more.
I asked Kory Urban, our bassist, how I should open this bio, and his response was “double click.” I’d say that basically sums up this band, but I think that’d actually be a lie. Don’t get me wrong–terrible jokes and a ringing sense of idiocy is definitely half of what we’re all about, but the other half is arguably more important–the songs.
I started Museum Mouth in 2009 after tricking Graham into joining this “band” I had and learning a handful of rudimentary chord progressions I’d written on guitar (I’m TERRIBLE at guitar), funny enough this still happens now. Honestly, not much has changed since founding, except we lost our old lead singer/bassist Savannah Levin in 2010 and picked up Kory. I think I used to be scared of singing and playing drums? I can’t remember. Probably like I used to be scared of admitting I have always been attracted to men which I handled the “Museum Mouth” way–by writing an honest AF album about it, then moving on.
I definitely can’t say that we were the first band to patent ye ol’ “I’m gonna write about this obstacle that’s stunting me so I can help myself cope” archetype cuz lol I’m pretty sure that’s what most bands do BUT I think we can all three agree that we wouldn’t be the overly carefree fools we present ourselves as if we didn’t have this band to use as a punk misery pit.
That’s not to say that we only write music when we’re at our saddest either. A handful of reviewers (yes, I read our reviews :/) have commented that our music says one thing–they typically use words like “upbeat” and always say that we tear through things, but I assure you we write the occasional song slower than 160 BPM–but the lyrics say another and I love that!
Just like I love that I’m a singing drummer who can’t multitask to save my life…and well, somehow I’m still alive and I’m still in this band so thank you everyone for putting up with me // us. Hope you stick around.
$8.00 - $10.00
Mon, May 29
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Fri, June 2
Tue, June 6
Sat, June 10