3404 Tambay Ave
Fueled By Ramen
PO Box 12563
MID CARSON JULY
Mid Carson July(MCFNJ) formed in the winter of
1995-96 from the demise of Deckard and as an
attempt by two brothers to experience writing and
playing music together. It combines two guitars,
bass, drums, and powerful yet melodic vocals to
produce a driving explosion of sound. The live
performance is non-stop energy, craziness, and
rock. Over 300 hundred shows later, they are
still filled with intensity and consistency.
MCFNJ's influences include punk (Jawbreaker,
Avail, Dillinger Four), hardcore (Lifetime),
indie rock (Seaweed, Samiam, Farside, Jawbox,
Rocket from the Crypt), and everyone's country
hero Johnny Cash. The band is comprised of a crew
of cable techs. Although day jobs are necessary
to pay the rent, work is used mostly to maintain
Mid Carson July and its touring habit. The
primary objective is a full-time band and world
The recent relocation from central Pennsylvania
to Tampa Florida is similar to the transition
that MCFNJ are musically experiencing. The
maturation in their songwriting is evident on the
new album Wessel on Fueled By Ramen
Records. Produced by Joe Williams and recorded at
The Dungeon in Miami, MCFNJ's third full-length
is the best representation to date. Although
their brand of punk rock remains evident in most
of the songsthere , is a driving and hard hitting
element that is present on this record that
captures the band's unyielding live performance.
With every song on Wessel clocking
less than three minutes the album is focused and
full on without any filler. Mid Carson July is
soon to be a reference point for reviews to come.
The History of Mid Carson July
as told by Marc Lacasse
It all began when Bryon and Todd were in a band
called Deckard with Brian Broadt on guitar and
Chris Murray on bass. Deckard played an excellent
brand of mid-paced emo bastardization with a mix
of heartfelt vocals on Bryon's part and angst-filled
vocals on Broadt's part. Deckard produced an
excellent five song demo in the fall of 1994.
Around that time, Todd left the band and was
replaced by Keith Cannerella. After playing a
slew of U.S. east coast shows and going on a
summer tour with Syracuse NY's Cross-Section,
Deckard released a two song 7" entitled
"Just Plain Ordinary" in July of 1995
on Centrifuge Records. Around that time, Keith
was asked to leave the band because of his
rudeness and overall shady nature. Mark Lacasse,
formerly of Vigil (a short lived extension of PA's
Conviction), took over for Keith after only
learning how to play drums a month previous to
his joining. Things started becoming uncertain
with Deckard very quickly at this time. Broadt
started getting heavily into Industrial music
after moving in with the former keyboardist of
Prong and Murray started developing other
interests in Syracuse, NY.
In September, Deckard played it's last show ever
at Sea-Sea's in Moosic, PA with Farside, Texas is
the Reason, and State of the Nation. After that
show, Broadt departed to create Industrial music.
Mark then moved up to guitar (his real instrument)
and Todd rejoined on drums, but it was to no
avail. Murray decided to relocate to Syracuse NY,
so Eric (Bryon's brother) took over on bass.
Realizing that it just wasn't the same band
anymore, the four of them decided it was a good
idea to start over from scratch. The new band was
to be called Mid Carson July. The true meaning of
the name is still a mystery to us all.
Over the course of the next few months, Mid
Carson July wrote several songs and recorded a
few rough demos using Todd's recording equipment.
The new songs ended up becoming more rockish and
upbeat than the Deckard songs, yet still
retaining the memorable melodies that made
Deckard so special and adding complimentary
melodic backup vocals. Around that time, Murray
had moved back to Sunbury and asked to be a part
of Mid Carson July, so they let him in as a back-up
MCFNJ started to play shows in early 1996, and
along with those shows came the notoriety of Mid
Carson July being one band not to miss live. You
could tell that their hearts and souls were into
every minute of their live performance.
In May of 1996, Mid Carson July released the
"Turn the Radio Down" 7" on Alone
Records and Bryon and Eric's label Swing Kingdom.
Later in May, Mid Carson July toured the U.S.
east coast with Beta Minus Mechanic.
Unfortunately, it had to be cut short due to van
problems. Another roadblock occured when Mark
decided to go back to college. Realizing he could
not be in the band and go to school at the same
time, he made the decision to leave Mid Carson
July in June of 1996. The band then decided to
recruit Mike Schmidt (formerly of Selinsgrove, PA
locals Milford's Treason) on guitar. With
addition of Mike came the departure of Murray. He
decided he wanted to join a band he felt more of
a part of, so he decided to leave and start The
After taking some time off to write new songs and
reorganize, Mid Carson July appeared back on the
scene in August of 1996 with some new songs and
projects in the works. In January of 1997, yet
another line-up change was to occur. Todd decided
to leave the band due to artistic differences.
Charles Gehr, also of Williamsport, PA rockers
Jazzman's Needle, quickly filled the position and
has since become a full time member. Three
hardworking years with Chgarles and many release
he he followed his heart and went to school for
drumming in Minneapolis, MN and quit MCFNJ. The
band tried various drummers in the year following
Charles' decision to leave. They even went as far
as to relocate to Tampa, FL to get a fresh start.
It wasn't until a show in Valdosta, GA that we
met a drunk kid with a mohawk named Dan oxford
that was soon to be their new drummer.
This brings us to the present time, where Mid
Carson July are in full swing, playing numerous
shows and working hard to get you to know them.