Interview on Based on Nothing Podcast



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For the thirteenth episode of the podcast, Jacob and Spenser welcome 3/4ths of the band Mumblr! Nick Morrison, Sean Reilly, and Scott Stitzer discuss the band’s new album, Full of Snakes, and their upcoming tour dates.
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Watch the Video for ITAUATT (I Think About u All The Time)



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So our friend Hannah Hamilton made this and she is a talent and tall. We love you. Thanks you for watching. This is off of our first ever deluxe, premium album called Full of Snakes. We are from Philly. We are opulent.

Full of Snakes out now!

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IMPOSE Streams Full of Snakes in FULL & Says Nice Shit About It



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After premiering a few singles from emerging Philly four-piece Mumblr, we are consistently struck by their maturity, lyrical poignance, and control. Most arresting about upcoming debut album, Full of Snakes, is its ability to build an anxious interrior that will linger long after the record’s done playing. Drummer Scott Stitzer explains that he used the phrase “full of snakes” to describe how he felt after a night of heavy drinking. Still, the connotations of the phrase are as limitless as the range of sounds that Mumblr has managed to curate here. The debut is self-conscious and writhing with feelings, everything from self-assuredness to something like self-immolation.

Full of Snakes is altogether an exploration of fear. There are ways of feeling it and ways of coping with it, and Mumblr tries just about all of them. Songwriter Nick Morrison’s lyrics express the familiar oscillation between recklessness and fearful inhibition that people in the weird margin between adolescence and adulthood experience—some of Morrison’s songs are angry and verging on disaffected, while others retreat into a space of consuming anxiety. On “Sober”, which emulates the desperation of being in love with someone, there’s the gut-wrenching declaration, “I’m freaking out.” There’s the metallic paranoia of “White Devil”, in which Morrison howls, “Fuck, there’s a guy with a gun on the back of the bus.” Midway through “Greyhound Station”, the anxiety escalates until it’s just short of unutterable, palpable only in Morrison’s wordless guttural wail. The vocals are honest and intimate, with the potential to make us cringe. All of these songs are permeated by a deep, inescapable sense of discomfort.

Which never translates to a lack of comfort on the part of the band. Morrison, Stitzer, guitarist Ian Amidon, and bassist Sean Reilly all exercise total control over their instruments. The guitar arrangement is incredibly versatile, often jumping from just a few clean power chords or riffs into a mess of distortion and back. Accompanied by the precision of the Stitzer’s crashing drums and Morrison’s dynamic voice, which he reins into a whisper just as easily as he lets it loose in wails and shouts, the effect is chilling. The arrangements are restrained, and every explosion fizzles out at just the right moment.

For all its exploration, Full of Snakes never loses accessibility or veers too far in any one direction. This is a cohesive work with sounds that coincide strikingly with the themes it addresses—feeling dejected, attachment to a city that doesn’t need you, being young and full of bad feelings. It’s enough to leave anyone reeling for days.

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SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! Album Release Show (Friday, September 19th @ Golden Tea House)



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Friday, September 19th 
7:30 @Golden Tea House
$5 suggested donation 


We will be releasing our first full length album "Full of Snakes" via tape a digital download. Shits gonna be wild. All ages! Be there or be ◼️

Community Service 

Mike Bell & The Movies 

Soda Bomb (Long Island) 

Mumblr 

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GoldFlakePaint Premieres "Got It"



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by Tom Johnson

Whether it be angst, rage, spirit, spirits or snakes, Philadelphia’s Mumblr are undoubtedly full of something. Wrapped in a glorious mess of undignified fuzz, the band finally unleash their debut album in just a couple of weeks, and if the tracks released from it so far are anything to go by then Full Of Snakes will be one of the most decidedly rampant releases of 2014.

The third track to be released from the forthcoming record is ‘Got It‘, and we’re very pleased to bring you an exclusive listen to it below. What most grabs about the bands latest offering is the build that cautiously creeps up on you; the track teasing and threatening to unravel at any moment before finally letting loose for a blazing final minute that finds front-man Nick Morison screaming “I got it if you want it” in the most unifying manner until the song abruptly departs.

Morrison has said that Got It is about“being a strange, confused young man; feigning confidence and asking people to take him as he is.” Amen to that, brother. We get you.

Play loud/listen (above).
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Stereogum Premieres "Roach" from Full of Snakes



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by James Rettig

Mumblr has been kicking around the underground Philly scene for a while now, and it’s hard not to have run into a bill they’re featured on if you’re from the area. Since forming a few years ago, they’ve worked hard to build a dedicated fanbase through non-stop shows and a consistent and solid stream of short releases and DIY recordings. Their debut full-length, Full Of Snakes, comes out in a few weeks and it’s an engaging and first-rate punk record. Increased production values really let the songs breathe and capture the intense energy they have during their live shows. It’d be easy to rattle off a bunch of ’90s bands that Mumblr take inspiration from, but the music they put out is so viscerally enjoyable that none of that really matters. “Roach” is about lead singer Nick Morrison’s fear of passing on his worst traits to his children: “Our spirits don’t fit in the ground, they just get carried around/ Until I pass my sins down.” It’s a common and relatable fear, and one that’s echoed perfectly in the anxiety and frustration expressed through their sound. Listen below.


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New Album Announcement! IMPOSE Premieres "Philadelphia + Interviews Nick



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By: Katie Capri

Mumblr kept something familiar on their upcoming full-length debut, Full of Snakes, coming out next month on Fleeting Youth Records. Mixed in with their usual fuzzed out basement punk ethos is a recognizable ode to the city in which Nick Morrison, Ian Amidon, Scott Stitzer and Sean Reilly dwell. Though a song of the same name and chord structure appeared on their 2013 cassette White Jesus/Black God, the version of “Philadelphia” on Full of Snakes isn’t exactly the same.

In the time between recording the cassette and the full-length, Mumblr revisited the portrait of the city they live in, rewriting the lyrics that Nick sings over the same charging guitars and crashing drums. Whether to better convey their original picture or to repaint a new portrait of a new Philly as it, or any city, changes over the years, the new version adds more universal lines (about laughing at the perception of power, and letting a city teach you that you aren’t as fragile as you once thought) to their specific experience of the City of Brotherly Love (getting high under overpasses after buying snacks through bulletproof glass).

Stream “Philadelphia” below, and keep scrolling to see what Nick had to say about the band, the original “mumbl[e]r” and how his first portrait of Philadelphia still lives on in his day-to-day purchases.

Impose: How did you all meet?
Nick: Ian and Scott actually went to high school together and then parted ways upon graduating. Scott and I were in a lot of the same film classes in college and started playing music together with me on drums and Scott playing guitar. Then I met Sean and became roommates with him. Ian, coincidentally, moved into the same house little later where he became reacquainted with Scott. We were collaborating musically for years until we finally found a combination that worked, hence Mumblr was born. We are like a family. We live together, help each other with money issues, cook for each other, and ultimately are always looking out for one another.
How long have you lived in Philly proper (or don’t you)?
For about 6 years. However, most of us were born relatively close (Nick and Scott were born in PA. Ian and Sean were born in Jersey).
Who’s the original “mumbl[e]r” that inspired the name?
I (Nick) am the original “mumblr”. While demoing the songs to the rest of the band, I would mumble melodies over the music because I hadn’t yet written lyrics. I also have a really bad problem with mumbling in my day-to-day life. I kind of liked the idea of a person who softly talks to themselves, either because they have no one to listen or they think nobody cares.
What did you want to say/capture about Philadelphia when you were writing this song? 
We mostly wanted to try and highlight the city we live in because it has been a huge part of our lives. We came of age here and the city taught us a lot of things that college didn’t, for better or for worse. It’s kind of us paying our respect to Philly.
In the spirit of the [original] lyrics, what’s the last bootleg DVD you’ve bought in Philly?
Davinci Code and The Hills Have Eyes.
And when was the last time you bought Sour D in Philadelphia?
I’m literally doing it right now $$$$$$$
Full of Snakes is due out September 16, you can pre-order it now via Fleeting Youth Records.
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