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Viva Phx Q&A: MRCH

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MRCH, interview, Viva Phx 2015

MRCH is a trio comprised of members from The Prowling KindMickey Pangburn, Jesse Pangburn and Erin Beal— and was formed so the band could explore the electronic side of indie rock. The Phoenix-based group recently released its debut single, “Validation,” and is currently working on an EP to be released this summer. See MRCH perform live on March 14 at Viva PhxFilm Bar (21+) at 11 P.M..

Read our interview with MRCH below and purchase Viva Phx tickets here
*For more interviews with Viva Phx 2015 performers, visit here.*

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
The Julianna Theory at Skrappy‘s in Tucson. I grew up in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, drove four hours to get there. I wore a Gilligan hat and cargo boy shorts amongst a sea of skinny jeans and manic hair. I left knowing I had to buy a pair of Chucks… More importantly, I realized there was a world beyond mine where other people dug the jams I liked. That was refreshing.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
The Sherman Brothers.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Depending on how legitimate a show you’re talking about…I did often carry my acoustic guitar to class in high school and was known to bust out a Michelle Branch tune at the end of physics on occasion.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Annie Clark. Done.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I adore Keanu Reeves.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Thinking about touring and recording…or practicing….or writing….(honestly, I get a little obsessive)…. OR watching cheesy ’90’s action flicks.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Ella Fitzgerald. She’s just classic.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Four years old, traveling through Tennessee with my mom, hearing “Black Velvet” playing in a diner as we ate.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
“That was honest.”

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We wrote the tracks via file sharing through Ableton Live (one member lives in Davis, Calif.). Our band dynamic is intrinsically tied in with technology.

Xperience you will never forget.
Playing the Troubadour in L.A. was really special for me. It was on my “list” for such a long time…then after, I just remember thinking about the next gig. Experiences are great like that. They’re wonderful in the moment, should be savored and are fondly looked back on…but I guess they just leave you hungry for the next.


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One Comment

  1. This band looks awesome! I really want to see Andrew Jackson Jihad there though, they’re always so good.

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