Photo by Liz Linder Photography âWeâre on a break.â Those words coming out of anybodyâs mouth â a friend, a lover, a bandmate, a manager, Ross,
Super thrilled to be a founding writer over at Vanyaland for the launch of the site. Vanyaland is the brainchild of Michael Marotta, the outgoing Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, and it’s a music blog that’ll cover anything and everything happening on the metaphorical airwaves in Boston and beyond.
Michael and I have known each other for quite some time, and we were rivals, technically, for awhile: we were both music editors at Bostonian alt-weeklies, went to the same shows, booked the same bands for showcases and parties and were constantly pushed by the other when it came to trying to provide the best music coverage the city of Boston had ever seen. We’ve always wanted to work together and never could, really, until I started contributing to The Phoenix before it folded two months ago. Now, we get to work together on Vanyaland, and I couldn’t be more stoked about it.
So! I got to catch up with one of my favorite Boston bands, Mount Peru, and we got to talk about what “going on a break” means for a band when it works out for the best. I think it’s pretty fitting given Vanyaland’s relaunch and the fact that this beautiful thang wouldn’t exist without the dissolution of The Phoenix, really, and I’m happy to see that both the old Mount Peru and The Phoenix have led to some pretty phenomenal things.