The Mondegreens’ sound is a little hard to define. Perhaps that’s because three of the band’s four members contribute tunes, each bringing something a little different to the mix. “We have a lot of shared influences,” said David Friedlander, singer and bass player. “But we also have different hues in our (respective) color wheels.”
The result is a unique type of harmony-driven, folk-tinged indie rock — the kind that can run from dusty, shambling Americana to bright and modern in a single set.
Friedlander said it’s been fun and rewarding to pursue music with his friends.
“I feel like I’m incredibly lucky — I feel like kind of the luckiest person to have stumbled into this partnership,” he told the Herald. “That I get to hang out with three of the people I care about most in the world, and people seem to enjoy hearing us do what we like doing best — it’s really indescribable.”
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The Mondegreens, who have just set off to play South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, appropriately drew the largest crowd of the evening. The enthusiastic set saw the premiere of their debut album “Kid Tell Time,” a collection of strummy folk tunes that circles topics like transience and travel.
Their lyrics read like poetic confessionals and are remarkably honest and relatable to listeners. The most refreshing aspect of this lyricism is its folk-driven mentality that not all songs are meant to focus solely on the grandeur of romantic love, but can also explore personal growth and self-realization as subject matter.
As for the live performance, The Mondegreens held a passionate stage presence (not dissimilar to The Avett Brothers) with crowd interaction and sweet-as-honey harmonies. While their vocals were slightly encumbered by the sound quality of the bar atmosphere at Café Coda — they may have done better in a seated environment such as the 1078 Gallery — one could appreciate their talent as musicians and their interaction with each other on stage.
The crowd stood tightly packed with friends and supporters of the band who, in the ultimate display of flattery a band can receive at a live show, were often seen mouthing or singing along with their lyrics.
As they head down to Texas, one cannot deny their growing fan base and increasing maturity as musicians. This small Chico band is on the path to bigger and better things.
To read Lauren Smith's full article, follow the link below.
"What’s that old saying about how 'you don’t know what you’ve got til’ it’s gone…' It seems that just as Chico band The Mondegreens are getting some traction in the local music scene and gaining fans, they’re hitting the dusty trail for a month long tour followed by a relocation to that rainy bastion that’s claimed so many of us, the Pacific Northwest. I recently met band members David Friedlander, Jack Knight, and Russell Rabut at everyone’s favorite watering hole (Duffy’s, obviously), for a chat about their impending CD release show, groupies, and the exuberance of youth. Enjoy."
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