I love Mansions. I first discovered them a few years ago when they (along with Kevin Devine) opened for The Get Up Kids. I was completely blown away. Christopher Browder (who is Mansions at its core) is a genius and a genuinely nice guy. I just got the chance to interview him, along with fellow Mansions musician Robin Dove, at The Masquerade.
This was a big one for me. Chris was the first person that I ever asked for an interview way back when the idea for VINYL was just being formed. I approached him as he was selling his merch after The Get Up Kids went on, and he was extremely kind and enthusiastic, giving me his email and telling me to contact him any time.
Finally, now that VINYL has launched, I got to go back and reunite with Chris for an interview. I cannot say enough positive things about him and Robin. They were completely gracious as we ran around The Masquerade trying to find a semi-quiet spot to interview. These two are the kinds of people that you want to meet again.
I had mentioned that I was going to be near Jacksonville the following night, which happened to be where their next show was. The next day, I had an email from Chris saying that he had put me on the guest list just in case I wanted to stop by. Did I ever want to stop by! Unfortunately, I didn’t make it in time- I don’t want to talk about it. I would have LOVED to see them two nights in a row.
From my brief encounter, these are some seriously great people. I could write a whole separate article about it. But I’m getting a little off topic– this show was amazing and worth going to- twice, if possible.
Emily is an over-enthusiastic lover of music, books, movies, fashion, and culture in general. Her love of music spans across all genres (what is a genre anymore? she waxes poetic to herself), though she was nursed on true punk and will never understand “redneck country” music – tractors are not and cannot be sexy. Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and considers herself to be a great wit, though she is still waiting on validation from a credible source.