MUSEUM MOUTH PREMIERES “INCUBUS TATTOO” VIA STEREOGUM
Wilmington, NC’s Museum Mouth is now premiering “Incubus Tattoo”, the first track released from their upcoming full-length Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig, via Stereogum.
So, first things first – Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig. “What else do you call a noisy punk-pop album about the weird time in your life when you felt like a Sim in a dream world? Where instead of a green diamond floating above your head it was your actual brain? An album that’s not only heavier, but also prettier, and softer than anything else you’ve ever released before?”
And somehow, when the band’s standout album title is explained like that by Museum Mouth vocalist/drummer Karl Kuehn…everything suddenly makes perfect sense.
Museum Mouth will release Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig, their aptly named fourth full-length album, on April 29 via Rory Records – Max Bemis of Say Anything’s imprint within Equal Vision Records. On Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig Kuehn and his bandmates, guitarist Graham High and bassist Kory Urban, explore the overwhelming emotions (ranging from nostalgia to trauma, with a splash of self-realization) that come from a move back to one’s hometown after years away, and re-exploring small town life as an adult.
Kuehn reveals, “If 2013 was the year I finally found out who I was, then 2014 was the year I found out why I am the way I am. Imagine riding your bike to work every day as an adult on the same streets you rode your longboard on at the age of 13 during your short lived “skater” phase, when you were angsty for no reason, and obsessed with Incubus. Imagine realizing over ten years later you’re still obsessed with Incubus, AND 311 was actually an amazing band!!?! Imagine coming home to just your mom and knowing you could talk her ear off about why Make Yourself is a better record than Morning View but she didn’t care when you were in middle school and could care even less now. Imagine getting reintroduced to folks you’d long since forgotten about but could be telling of your current fascination with the idea of dating older men. There’s queer shame and then there’s rap-rock shame — 2014 taught me to be shameless.”
“This song in particular is more or less about that certain someone you really bonded with during your formative middle school/high school days, who you lost touch with for one reason or another. That someone could be an actual person or it could just be part of yourself, and you probably should let bygones be bygones or bury the hatchet so to speak but like…but sometimes that’s hard, ya know?”
Pre-orders are also now available via museummouth.merchnow.com and each include an instant download of “Incubus Tattoo”. Vinyl for Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig is limited to 1000 including the following variants: red/white haze (limited to 200), black (limited to 300) and transparent pink (limited to 500).
Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig album trailer: youtube.com/equalvision
“Sometimes you go through shit, some of it is unbelievable shit (good or bad), some of it is kinda fun. Sometimes you move back home and you realize why you’re the neurotic, pop culture obsessed, queer fool you are,” reveals Kuehn. “And sometimes you find out that you really like that person…I know that in the downtime, and the loneliness that comes from living in a small town in your mid-twenties, I found out I sure did.”
“When I’m writing songs with the intention of a focused release, I like to have a color palette to use as quality control,” notes Kuehn. “You hold the riffs, the melodies, and the words you’re writing up to it and ask, ‘Does this fit?’ I remember Kory asking what I wanted the new record to sound like, early in 2014, and at a loss for adjectives to describe what I had already written I told him, ‘I want it to sound like it was made on a 3D printer that only has magenta ink.'”
Museum Mouth offers a unique blend of lo-fi indie rock with grungy pop undertones and a diary-like presentation of lyrics that showcase an unabashed sense of vulnerability and honesty. Kuehn’s charisma soars throughout their entire discography as he pleads through past missteps, regret, fear, heartache, self-doubt AND self-acceptance, and the all-encompassing rush (and crush) of chasing after a relationship. The sincerity and depth of emotion emanates freely and welcomely, ultimately leaving the listener feeling like they’re hanging out with and listening to their best friend [attempt to] sort out their life.
To date, Museum Mouth has released three full-length albums: Alex I Am Nothing (2014), Sexy But Not Happy (2012) and Tears In My Beer (2010), and two EPs: U R WHO U LET DIE (2012), and I Am The Idiot Of The Jungle (2010). The trio has shared stages with the likes of Diarrhea Planet, Pity Sex, Bomb the Music Industry!, Creative Adult, Elvis Depressedly, and Eternal Summers and have performed at FEST, Hopscotch, Reverb Fest, and more.
Next month, Museum Mouth will head out on a full US tour supporting Say Anything, mewithoutYou, and Teen Suicide. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.
2. Incubus Tattoo
3. Riff From My Head
4. History’s Mysteries
5. Failure’s Hall of Fame
6. Koopa Breeders
8. Magenta Arboretum
10. I Scream at You When You’re Not in the Room
11. The Big Stairs
Say Anything w/mewithoutYou, Teen Suicide, and Museum Mouth
Apr 20 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
Apr 22 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Apr 23 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 24 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Apr 27 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Apr 29 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Apr 30 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
May 03 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
May 05 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
May 06 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
May 07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 08 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
May 10 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 13 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 14 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 15 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 17 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
May 19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 20 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
May 21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 22 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
May 24 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
May 25 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
May 27 Houston, TX @ House of Blues*
May 28 Austin, TX @ Emo’s*
*Say Anything w/Modern Baseball and special guests Joyce Manor, mewithoutYou, Teen Suicide, Thin Lips and Museum Mouth