Wilkes-Barre psychedelic pop band Mock Sun readying second LP for summer release
According to Mock Sun singer/keyboardist Jami Kali, the band was formed in 2011. According to Mock Sun multi-instrumentalist Mark Wohl, the band was formed in 2012. Their memories may not be in sync, but when it comes to music, the long-time friends operate on the same frequency.
It took about seven years into our friendship until we realized that we should start putting our heads together musically,” Kali said. “Then it just started to run in place.”
Wohl said the band started as a recording project with no expectations. He wrote music; Kali wrote lyrics, and they recorded what would become their first EP, “Lucid Paper Palace Project.” Two live albums, a full-length and another EP later, Mock Sun — which has expanded to a four-piece with the addition of Mark Dimirco and DJ Tasselmyer — to expand their discography with the release of their second full-length, “Post Hypnotic.”
“It’s been over a year now that we’ve been writing and recording it,” Wohl said. “A lot of it was just hanging around and waiting for an idea to pop up or just playing together and jamming around. Most of the songs, I’d start them and then Jami and I would get together and work out the idea as to where the song’s going to go.”
Wohl said the band utilized two different apartments and a friend’s basement as recording spaces before taking up permanent residence in Wilkes-Barre’s Downtown Arts. According to Wohl, the Bedouin-like recording process doesn’t effect the cohesiveness of their record.
“It still has a very consistent sound; each song sounds different from the last but there’s something in there that ties it all together,” Wohl said. “We try to make our songs different … that’s something we just enjoy doing.”
The majority of tracks on “Post Hypnotic” are built upon pop sensibilities, with textured, bass-driven melodies creating a friendly soundscape for Kali’s dreamy vocals to ride upon. Mock Sun will debut the album’s first single, “Soup Spoon,” May 20, but fans of live music will have a chance to see new music Friday, April 22 when the band plays 119 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre venue The Other Side with Night Club, Vowws and Erin Margaret. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is for humans aged to year 21 or later.
“Post Hypnotic” will be released later this summer on CD, digital and vinyl LP. Wohl said the medium lends itself well to the type of listening experience Mock Sun intends to inspire with the album, and with Kali drawing influence from poets like E.E. Cummings just as often as her favorite musical acts, “Post Hypnotic” may provide listeners with a variety of secrets to unlock during repeat long-play listens. That remains to be heard; until then, remember Mock Sun’s one rule: leave all personas at the door, and dig in.
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