By Rachael Bohlander, Contributor, DC Music Live
So you and your two best friends, who you’ve known since elementary school, have all graduated from your respective colleges. What to do? Find an apartment? Get a job? Stay in-touch with the occasional text or Facebook message?
Or do you follow your dream, take your college band to the next level, penning songs, hitting the studio, and commandeering the “corporate van” – groupies in a smaller support vehicle trailing behind (we think they are joking?) – along a 50-date tour to celebrate the release of a new record?
Sound familiar? Most of us have fantasized about the latter but can relate only to the former.
Unless you’re Dan Miller, John Beck and Max Harwood of Mission South.
Instead of taking the usual post-graduate track, these three friends made the decision to live out their dream, doing music professionally and doing it full time. Or as drummer, Max Hardwood, put it during a recent chat with D.C. Music Live from the Corporate Van, taking “big steps in the direction we always wanted to go.”
And now, with a newly released video to go with their new EP, Migration Vol. 2, embarking on a nationwide tour, they are taking the next big step.
Funded from their weekend shows, Migration Vol. 2 is all Mission South raw, classic southern blues, mixed with folk, dotted with rock, punctuated by lead singer, Dan Miller’s powerful, soaring vocals. And just as the members were transitioning from college students to full time musician, Migration Vol. 2,written during this time, is a spontaneous and collaborative expression of the personal journey from where they were, moving toward a new future.
Migration Vol. 2 goes public on 9 April, with a record release party at Bayou on April 13., culmination of everything Mission South has worked for and the start of the next phase of their careers.
They’re in this, the band has declared. This is what they want to do. But don’t worry, their first priority out on the road is still to have a good time and have fun doing it.
Record release party and show at Bayou, 13 April.
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