Keep Your Friends Close: The Mild Revolution
Morgan Little. Josh Hallengren. Tim Stone. Matt Caputo.
Learn these names. These are people that you need to know. These are the four men behind The Mild Revolution, a folk-rock band out of Keene, NH.
I know this band very well… Morgan and I have been friends for years, and we even played together in a band called Elm City Orchestra. Tim Stone performed hand percussion for my solo stuff for a while. Josh Hallengren recorded my first-ever recording (The Thickets EP). I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Matt Caputo as an honorary member of an earlier incarnation of TMR. Each one of these guys brings a different energy and life into The Mild Revolution, transforming it into something living and breathing.
The band has changed quite a bit over the years, starting as mostly a moniker for Little, growing to include various pianists, bassists, drummers, guitarists, even a banjo player (the magical Adam Hogue). With so much fluidity present in the band, you might think its watered down over time.
Little begs to differ; “Everyone is in the exact role they are supposed to be in. It doesn’t compare to my previous projects because none of them have made as much sense to me as [The Mild Revolution] does now.” These guys love what they do, and they certainly take it seriously. According to drummer Tim Stone, “The Mild Revolution is my family, a group of men from very different musical places with one common goal: to create music that makes people feel something real, to relate with their life a little better than they may have earlier that day. It’s something that we hope allows us all to take advantage of the present. That’s how I feel when I play with them, like while we’re playing there is something bigger that is ‘supposed to happen’ in the music, and being present for that is huge.”
The songs are rich with emotion; raw and real, unfiltered. From crooning ballads to drunken anthems, there is always something to connect to in TMR’s music. For example, the song “Nine” weaves a story of forbidden love, with Little singing “We, we could share your roof. We’ll make it my home, we won’t leave any proof… early, early in the morning, baby your window open wide… what did you expect, my love? You know that I’m making you my bride.”
There is a primal rage behind “The Devil’s Son”, opening with the line “My name’s John Brown, and they call me The Devil’s Son.” Whatever it is that you’re looking for, The Mild Revolution can deliver.
The video above is a live cut of the song “King Sham”, performed at the Night Owl Cafe at Keene State. This gives you just a taste of what a Mild Revolution show has to offer.
Follow the band on Twitter (@MildRevolution), subscribe to their Tumblr, and download their music on Purevolume.