How has the environment of Boston shaped Mean Creek, both as songwriters and as performers?
I think Boston has had a profound effect on us in a lot of different ways, and I think our music definitely sounds like it’s from New England. I think the weather here puts you in a certain state of mind. The majority of the year it’s pretty damn cold here. You do get a sample of all four seasons, but winter definitely lasts the longest. I’m not complaining though, it doesn’t get much more beautiful than fall in Boston, and I’ve grown to really like winter as well. We’ve been influenced by a lot of Boston and Massachusetts-based bands that have a similar mood to their music, I think, like The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Buffalo Tom, Mission Of Burma, Lemonheads, etc. I think Boston is a great place to learn how to be a performer as well. The music scene here is really supportive and really great, but I think crowds here definitely make you work hard for it. As a band just starting out, you really have to prove yourself and that can be tough when you’re first figuring out what you’re doing, a