In this column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank.
Mic Boshans's take on percussion comes informed by way of jazz and punk, merging subtle accents with hard-edged beats. Approaching the kit with careful precision, Boshans controls the space between hits with a sharp ear, forging a distinct rip regardless of the band.
Be it pop or blackened folk-rock, Boshans' beats are unmistakable. As the drummer for both Humdrum and Née, Boshans will bring his genre-bending proclivities to the forefront, with both bands performing this Saturday at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue; 314-773-3363).
Nearly one year ago, Boshans traveled to Chicago with his group Humdrum to record with Steve Albini. Humdrum isn't strictly an indie or pop band, but the band's choice to record at Electrical Audio might be a puzzling one. Albini's repertoire doesn't exactly cry "easy listening" but Humdrum's collective choice to go with this man, who pushed experimental music in the '80s with Big Black and through the '90s with Shellac, screams "good taste."
Humdrum's new release We Are Electricity will debut this Saturday at a dual release show with Boshans's other group Née. Tower Groove Records will be in full effect as well, pushing their latest split seven-inch series release with Née and Ransom Note. Boshans took a breather from rehearsal to "Fill In The Blank," and sate our curiosities.
I make music because... I HAVE TO. It's in my blood. Making music, especially playing the drums, is where I feel most home and the most alive. It is my most potent form of self expression.
My first band... formed back when I was in the 8th grade at a small Christian school in Maryland Heights. Some friends and I decided to cover Nirvana's "Come As You Are" for the middle school talent show. It seemed like everyone else was doing mediocre choreographed dance and lip syncing to Christian pop songs. It felt pretty rebellious at the time, to be playing electric guitars, and banging on the drums, rattling their cages with some "secular!" grunge rock.
After several different incarnations of the aforementioned band (each with it's own ridiculous name), I met Dan Meehan while I was a junior and he, a senior, in high school. We started playing and recording music together in his mom's basement. We converted half of the basement into a shoddily constructed, fire hazard of a studio, and formed a band with our friends Dan McKenzie and Gareth Schumacher. That band adopted the name Surkranikhan (don't ask) which eventually became the Floating City.
The Floating City was my first serious band. We cut our teeth opening for national touring acts at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center and graduated to headlining shows at Mississippi Nights. We put out a couple of records that I'm quite proud of to this day. We toured as much as we could and eventually broke up because life got in the way.
I am quite pleased to say that I am still collaborating with three of the aforementioned individuals as well as our friend Andy Benn whose First Flight Records put out The Floating City's only full length, Entering A Contest. He booked an extensive West Coast tour for us and got us reviewed on national and international blogs. He even booked us on my only international touring excursion where we played with some label-mates in Toronto.
Dan Meehan and I are founding members of Humdrum, and he recently started playing guitar, et cetera with Née. I dare not say how long we've actually been playing music together. Schumacher produced the last Humdrum record, The Arrangement, and then joined the band for a season. His last contribution was recording with Humdrum for the Albini sessions which yielded We Are Electricity. Dan McKenzie created the intense piece of art that became the cover for We Are Electricity. Finally, Andy Benn joined Humdrum very recently to play keys for the us in the absence of Phil Strangman.
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