Three Man Cannon

The Deli Philly’s April Record of the Month: Three Man Cannon – Three Man Cannon

Three Man Cannon's sublimely sun-soaked anthems pair perfectly with the onset of spring. Equal parts introspection and melodic, the Scranton/Philly four-piece's brand new self-titled full-length, which is now available via Lame-O Records, is filled with warm vocals, luminous chords, and fervent sentiments.

The album opens with the relaxed yet lush sincerity of "Sun Poison." Picturesque in a nearly tangible way, the LP's first track is heartfelt without feeling heavy-handed or blindly optimistic. Lines like "I put my headphones in and listen to you sing/I hear nothing else" feel autobiographical as "Sun Poison" progresses. "Building Broken Steps" makes the most of repetition and cyclical instrumentation – two stylistic elements that give listeners an insular sense of intimacy. Here, the lyricism, accented by sparing shakes of tambourine, elicits empathy and a cognizant understanding of how life's ups and downs can shape us.

The steady tempo of "Bird" unfolds with an irresistibly persistent urgency. Perhaps indicative of the song's namesake, it aptly takes flight around the minute and a half mark, blossoming into a crashing swell of buzzing guitars, hissing cymbals, and throbbing drums. Inarguably cinematic, “Bird” is equal parts drama and subtlety, while "How A Mouse Could" is moody and infused with a swagger reminiscent of Interpol circa Turn on the Bright Lights and overplayed yet beloved B-sides like The Killers' "Change Your Mind." A tongue-in-cheek examination of nostalgia and affection, the track is a befitting metaphor for how we cope with the passing of time and its erosion of what we cherish.

"Feeling Shot" is a temperate yet brooding ballad, whose brevity amplifies the weight of its blunt but relatable ambivalence. It’s the sort of song meant to be listened to more than once. With the eerie start of "Hopeful Again," the recording is unexpected but fitting. It becomes a nuanced hymn of sorts, honoring the way a memory, forgotten or remembered, can haunt you. While "Apple Tree" starts slow, the song gradually eases into an impassioned pastoral yet mellow homage to honesty and the dissonance that often coincides with romance. Dark but in an affirming way, “Apple Tree” is refreshingly raw.

Doubly sincere and cynical, "Hollow" brings to mind the coy pessimism of The Good Year and the level-headed frankness of Conor Oberst's "A Little Uncanny". And with Three Man Cannon’s final track, “Crow” is soul-searing with echoey vocals framed by psyched out riffs and subtle organ. Contemplative in a metaphysical way, the song feels like a prophetic omen that begs its listener to reach toward the future no matter what lies ahead.

Whether listened to once or habitually, Three Man Cannon’s LP will stir something inside. Their songs have the capability of thawing a wintery heart. (Photo by Craig Scheihing)  – Dianca London


New Three Man Cannon LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The new self-titled album from Three Man Cannon is now available via Lame-O Records. The quartet spins subtle, melodic indie rock/pop that’s personally inviting and earnest. The beauty of that barrier-free storytelling creates a connection, as one becomes immersed in the warmth of the instrumentation, which while pleasantly mellow, escalates at optimal moments, before laying back in a casual stroll that is well called upon. It’s the type of record that grows on you with each additional listen, as you pick up on any number of nuances. You can join Three Man Cannon at their record release show on Sunday, April 15 at Johnny Brenda’s.


New Track: "Building Broken Steps" - Three Man Cannon

Three Man Cannon’s forthcoming self-titled LP will be released on March 16 via Lame-O Records. Its lead single, “Building Broken Steps,” casually rolls up on you. A loose, strolling, laidback aesthetic is well-honed, maintaining a mature outlook in the face of the ache of anecdotal lyricism. Pivoting perspective in a singular moment, the song, which initially feels breezy, in time, hits harder. (Photo by Craig Scheihing)


The Superweaks Record Release Show at KFN Oct. 30

Local alt-rockers The Superweaks will be celebrating the release of their sophomore LP, Better Heavens, tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, which will be a bittersweet affair as they also honor fallen bassist and brethren Corey Bernard, who would have been 23 today. The band will be embarking on a tour in support of the new album next month that will take them up through Canada and then back down into the states through parts of the south. The full-length officially comes out November 4 via Lame-O Records. This evening's celebratory billing at KFN will also include Philly pals Sun Organ, Three Man Cannon, and Thin Lips, whose album Riff Hard was released back in May with Lame-O as well. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $7, 21+ (Photo by Jess Flynn) - Josh Kelly


New Music Video: "Coma'd" - Three Man Cannon

Three Man Cannon recently released a new music video for “Coma’d,” a track that was featured on their latest EP, Will I Know You Then, released on Lame-O Records. The video blossoms as the band journeys into the woods, experiencing a ritualistic enlightenment, which is culminated with a cleansing in the natural waters. While the imagery provides a pleasant charming aesthetic, the brief, morphing facial contortions of the leader/high priest are haunting.

Three Man Cannon // Coma'd (official video) from Federico R. Casanova