New Music Tuesday: Living it up with MPHO

Ooh, a beach mystery!
Ooh, a beach mystery!

Very little is known about MPHO. They don’t have a band FB, so it’s like “who are you? Where did you come from?” Here’s what I know as of now: Holly Overton from MPHO is very nice and sends prompt, well-worded emails. MPHO has a Tumblr. MPHO likes zines. I’m going out on a limb with that last one, but I’m assuming as much because when Holly first emailed me it was about possibly covering a show celebrating  Purple Pony’s (female run zine) latest release and 2nd birthday. Holly Overton has a FB, which I just lurked while typing this. Her profile picture is of her paddle boarding.

So that’s it. That’s all I know. I’m sure the friends and family members of MPHO know the full scoop, but that’s all I personally have to work with. And that’s enough for me. I’m sold.

Let’s watch the band’s video for “Days on Fire” off their S/T EP together and see what else we can figure out. The video stars MPHO’s vocalist Holly Overton and Baltimore artist Rachael London.

According to the description in the YouTube link, the premise of the video is to document intuitive interaction with a seaside landscape to interpret the pulsing and fluid movements of “Days On Fire.” Yes. Yes. I can totally see that. But what I see more is a person “really living it up.” And you have to put it in quotes like that when you’re talking about “really living it up.”

We asked Holly to describe the last time she had an experience that she could only describe as “really living it up,” and here’s what she said:

“I went stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. It felt like I was walking on water. I explored narrow creeks and larger open areas. The weather was beautiful- sunny and a soft breeze. I paddled for a few hours till I saw a dark rain cloud far away and decided to take one last long paddle around the marsh to the marina. Suddenly, out of nowhere the rain started pouring with huge wind gusts in the opposite direction! I paddled to a dock and hugged a piling while the storm passed. I had to remain standing on the board because there was no way to lift it out of the water. This lasted about 10 minutes then it was beautiful again.”

Holly won’t know until she reads this that I 100% already knew about her paddle boarding experience because I lurked her FB profile. Let’s just file this under “journalism” and call it a day.

MPHO is playing a show at Alphaville on September 8th and you can get all the info on that HERE. Their S/T EP can (and should) be purchased HERE.

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