Modern Folklore Vol. 1 is an EP which circulates about the human experience gathered during 2020. From all the loss, struggle, and bittersweet triumph during that timeframe
When asked about what really inspired the band during the production this is what they had to say about the EP
This Pain is a Gift (The Quarantine Song) is about the human experience in Rapid City SD during the COVID 19 pandemic, and how it changed our relationships with one another in myriad ways.
Sidewalks is a story about the folly of youth, and a callback to driving in cars with the windows down on country back roads on a summer’s eve.
Silent Tongue is a continuation of the themes of This Pain is a Gift, chronicling the writers changing relationships and observations of a world in turmoil.
Manchild is the closer to the album, and is ultimately a song about letting go. It is inspired by the writer’s divorce during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The band had more to say about their individual lifestyle and personal life down to working as a team, more os these revelations were made during an interview with <sister Styx of Musicarenagh. get the full story below.
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What is your stage name
Individually we are Joshsquatch, Office Chair Quandale, White Trash Pat, Tinkerbell, and Dexter. When our powers combine, we become Modern Folklore.
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Well, our real passion is amateur wrestling, but we realized we needed a practical way to fund our wrestling careers, so we decided to form an indie rock band.
Where do you find inspiration?
Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, The Undertaker, Macho Man Randy Savage and The Rock are massive influences on our style but we also like the Pixies and Abba.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Kyle put his dad in a chokehold at the age of six listening to the Grateful Dead classic “Fire on the Mountain” while Josh and Dexter first walked out to Love Me Do by The Beatles. The rest is history.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
All of our dads were talented musicians who said we’d never amount to anything, so our shared father issues are a major influence on our sound.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Fuck the music industry, we paid for this.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
WWE Raw featuring The Mountain Goats was a formative experience.
How would you describe your music?
Walk out jams for people who hate walk out jams.
Describe your creative process.
It starts with a collective can of Mountain Dew and from there we just start throwing punches till’ we got a song.
What is your main inspiration?
What musician do you admire most and why?
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Probably not as much as we’d like to believe.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
What are your interests outside of music?
Grillin’ and Wrastlin’.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Grillin’ and Wrastlin’.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
We don’t take things very seriously.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
We’d be famous.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
It’s the first one.
What are your plans for the coming months?
We are planning a vinyl EP release party with a bunch of other local bands we love set for November, a corresponding single release of our song “City Lights,” and then we will be going quiet for a few months as we really hunker down to finish recording and mixing our debut album, set to release early next summer.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
No, but we are open for suggestions for 2 v 2’s.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
We are so sorry for this interview.
Modern Folklore is:
Dexter Carman – Guitar / Vocals
Josh Shepperd – Guitar / Vocals
Kyle Blessing – Guitar / Synthesizer / Violin / Vocals
Patrick Fahey – Bass / Vocals
Ed Flammond – Drums