The Mascot Theory
Erik Kjelland (lead vocal, acoustic guitar)
Nick Fry (upright bass, vocal)
Paul Metz (drums, vocal)
Corey Mathew Hart (electric guitar, vocal)
Latest Release/Upcoming Project:
Dawn and What Comes After (2018)
Trust And Bones (2016)
Esperanto EP (2015)
Hand Me Down Miracles (2014)
Under The Borrowed Moon (2012)
08/31/18 Concerts on the Square, Monroe, WI
09/14/18 Cheese Days, Monroe, WI
09/15/18 International Ginseng Festival, Wausau, WI
09/19/18 The Sh*tty Barn, Spring Green, WI
10/20/18 Mineral Point Opera House, Mineral Point, WI
11/02/18 Flannel Fest North, Gibson Music Hall, Appleton, WI
11/03/18 Flannel Fest South, High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Describe your sound:
A high-energy dose of toe-tapping Americana folk-country rock drenched in tight harmonies spewing lyrics of love, loss, regret, death, and hope. Built on a sonic backbone of 4-part harmony swells.
What’s the band’s origin story?
The Mascot Theory was formed almost by accident. Kjelland and Fry had played together in a Madison-based rock band called Crimson Vim for many years until the band broke up, at which point the semi-retired Kjelland began playing coffee house duo shows with a friend. When that friend couldn’t make one of the shows Kjelland asked Fry to bring his new band up to sit in. This new group of band members quickly realized that they sounded good together, especially with their harmonies, so Kjelland asked them to officially form a new band, The Mascot Theory, to record songs that Kjelland had written. After the first album was released we quickly gained popularity in the Madison music scene as the band expanded our radius to include shows all around Wisconsin.
Who are your influences?:
Dawes, Mumford and Sons, Ryan Adams, The Lumineers
Favorite Venue to Play:
I think some of our favorite shows have been at festivals like Mile of Music (multiple vennues) and Flannel Fest (High Noon Saloon). Playing the Barrymore Theatre in Madison and the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells with the BoDeans were both amazing shows. Really we love playing anywhere where the crowd is listening with open ears and open hearts.
Where did you record?/Who did you work with?/How was the experience?
Our latest album Dawn and What Comes After was recorded by Jake Johnson at Paradyme Productions in Madison, WI. We had a blast working with Jake who is very efficient and creative and kind. The sessions took place between January and July of 2018 and the recording environment was very calm and comfortable.
Anything else the world should know about you?
Along with a 2017 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) win for Best Male Vocalist (Erik Kjelland) and a nomination for Best Americana/folk artist, The Mascot Theory has won 22 MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) awards including back-to-back 2016 and 2017 Artist of the Year awards. We have played major festivals throughout Wisconsin including Summerfest, Freak Fest, and Mile of Music Festival, and have shared the stage with BoDeans, Vance Joy, Frank Turner, The Jayhawks, The Verve Pipe, Chase Rice, Kaleo, The Wild Feathers, Guster, Blitzen Trapper, Cory Chisel, Andy Frasco and the UN, Don McLean and Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts.