All you boppers out there have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for the next rendition of TEEN BEAT and it’s finally here. This time I went and talked to the first non-Nashville band to be featured in here – don’t worry though, I didn’t go too far. Went and dipped our toes in the Murf-hole to talk to Mom & Dad. We’re sure most of you are pretty aware of them by this point since they’ve been playing in-and-around town for the last few months and they’ve released a couple online albums – Pieces/PartsÂ and Cave Art, but we’re hoping that this might give a little more insight to the minds of M&D. The guys have a brand new split-7″ coming out for Record Store Day this year and you can get a nice preview of it down at the bottom. Add it to your list of everything else you gotta pick up on April 21st…
Television Addict: What are your names, and what do you play in the band?
Zach Prosser: Zac. Mainly playing guitar and singing. Sometimes I’m the coach.
Corey Cummings: I play the drums.
TA: How long have you been a band and how did it get started?
Zach: We’ve been making music for about two years now and started playing live together a bit over a year ago. I started working at a record store where I met Corey. When you work around music a lot it’s just perfectly conducive to having long discussions over records, recording techniques and all that stuff. Â The first time Corey came over to my place he found this shitty old Pearl set I had and fell in love with it. I kept telling him a hollowed out pumpkin probably would’ve sounded better but I couldn’t dissuade him from using it. We started recording on to tape immediately and had all this material by the end of the month. We didn’t have a name or a website or anything, just hours of tape.
Corey: I had never played the drums before when Zach and I started playing together. It happened on a whim one night. He and I had always talked about music and then we just decided to start playing one night. We started recording that night and then a year after that we gathered some other folks into our circle and called it Mom & Dad.
TA: What was the last show you played and what’s the next one?
Zach: We’ve got two really exciting shows coming up we’re totally stoked for; Tour De Fun on April 14th and the Zombieshop on Record Store Day with some of our buddies/favorite bands.
Corey: The last show we pretended to be Velvet Underground. It was a really killer night.
TA: Ok, three songs you’re really into right now…
Zach:Â Royal Headache – Psychotic Episode
The Kinks – I’m On An Island
Bad Back – Dan
Corey:Â D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Blood Orange – Dinner
Ranch Ghost – The Water
TA: What are your plans in the next 6 months?
Zach: Touring, recording another full length, eating awesome food and swimming in the ocean.
Corey: Summer Schoolinâ€™, Â recording, going on tour and playing basketball.
TA: What are your plans in the next 25 years?
Zach: Cashing in all those bets with people that said they’d never have kids probably, as well as hopefully being a cool, well educated dad myself.
Corey: Expanding my drum kit to 42 pieces and releasing my solo record Snared Straight.
TA: What bands have you been in before Mom and Dad?
Zach: Zillions. One of the most fun being Knife Head; a heavy metal opera with my milk brothers Â Daniel Pujol and Lex Bearden.
Corey: This is my first.
TA: How does it feel to be the first band from The Murf featured on Teen Beat?
Zach: It’s definitely an honor! While we’re all southerns, none of us are actually from Murfreesboro so other than Todd, we’re all transplants really. Being a band in Murfreesboro has it’s advantages; clean streets, welcoming crowds and we’ve played in some great houses/basements there. Of course Murf has it’s curses as well. Being the college town it is, trends in music and art fads catch on pretty hard. Murfreesboro houses a lot of great musicians but people generally don’t linger too long and shoot out into other areas pretty fast.
Corey: It feels very nice. Although Iâ€™m crossing my fingers that this will open some doors to Tiger Beat, Teen Vogue, Seventeen and my personal favorite J-14.
Check out the new track “High Art” above and grab it in the flesh and blood on Record Store Day. Like they mentioned earlier – they’ll be playing a show that night at The Zombie Shop so you’ve really got no reason to not pick it up. The track is also available as a part of this year’s Tour de Fun mixtape. You can download that right here. And don’t forget – if you’d like to be featured on TEEN BEAT – you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us all about yourself.