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.
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!
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.
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 ◼️
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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.
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