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Mischief Brew



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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (USA)

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Erik Petersen started making music at a young age, but it wasn't until age 16 that he started playing shows with his punk band, The Orphans. Influenced by "Fresh Fruit"–era Dead Kennedys and "Worlds Apart"–era Subhumans, the band had released a 7" ("Anthems for Doomed Youth," 1996) before half of them were even old enough to drive. They officially disbanded in 2000 and Erik continued to make music…digging into the past for a more traditional sound to mix with punk ideals. The result was "Mirth," a demo of acoustic punk influenced by medieval danses and raucous Romany dust–raising ditties (2000). The tape was rough and scratchy – yet it was clear that there were solid anthems buried under that hiss, which was evident by the scope of the tape, spanning city and state. Logically, a live show was expected — and despite the drums and extra instrumentation on the tape (all layered on a four–track recorder), there was no band. Over the years, seeing "Mischief Brew" on a flyer meant you were just seeing Erik Petersen with an acoustic guitar or mandolin. There was no PA in the beginning, just a roomful of West Philly's finest rabble–rousers singing along to the "Mirth" songs. And for quite some time, this is how things stayed until it was necessary to deliver a proper recording.


Reviews

Mischief Brew Free Radical Radio Fever [7-inch]

Mischief Brew

Free Radical Radio Fever [7-inch] (2013)

Fistolo / Gunner

Mucca Paza / Mischief Brew / On the Wate Live in Philadelphia

Mucca Paza / Mischief Brew / On the Wate

Live in Philadelphia (2013)

live show

Mischief Brew / Franz Nicolay Under the Table [7-inch]

Mischief Brew / Franz Nicolay

Under the Table [7-inch] (2013)

Silver Sprocket

Mischief Brew Rhapsody for Knives [7-inch]

Mischief Brew

Rhapsody for Knives [7-inch] (2012)

Fistolo

Mischief Brew The Stone Operation.

Mischief Brew

The Stone Operation. (2011)

Fistolo

Mischief Brew Songs from Under the Sink

Mischief Brew

Songs from Under the Sink (2006)

Fistolo

Leftover Crack / Intro5pect / Mischief Brew live in Kansas City

Leftover Crack / Intro5pect / Mischief Brew

live in Kansas City (2006)

live show

Mischief Brew Smash the Windows

Mischief Brew

Smash the Windows (2005)

Fistolo

Mischief Brew Bakenal

Mischief Brew

Bakenal (2003)

Fistolo

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Interviews

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Band on Band: Mischief Brew/Guignol

Monday, June 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Erik Petersen (Mischief Brew)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Erik Petersen (Mischief Brew)

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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