You remember what it was like, back before you had a job, when you really loved a band. You wanted to tell everyone about them and also somehow keep them all to yourself. You felt cool just because you were listening to the music. It made you feel so cool to write their name on your sneakers, hang their poster up in your bedroom, draw their logo on your notebook during study hall. That feeling is what inspires Metropolis America in their writing. Their goal is to create music that feels empowered, elevated, confident, and makes you feel this way just because you are listening to it.
Philadelphia-based Metropolis America is Cristian Mora (vocals, basses, programming) and Rick Eddy (drums, programming). The music they make together is irreverent indie rock with a sound that is catchy, yet disaffected. Lyrically, the message is the message. The news is that there is news. Their latest release, “The Cold Pop Singles” is the soapbox for this message.
“There isn’t a lot being said lyrically these days, and the people who are trying to say something seem to be playing very, very coy about the fact. We are trying to make it as clear as possible. This is what we came to do: to give you the info,” Cristian declares.
Rick adds, “There are opinions we hold, and you aren’t going to be uncertain of where we stand after you listen to our songs. People are going to get it (they may not agree, but they’ll get the message). We want people to be nodding their heads in understanding as well as to the beat.”
How do you describe your music to people, Rick?
Indie Dance Rock like if the Cure and Madonna had a child.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
For me personally? It was a classic beginning for me. I could remember my mother telling me how I used to pull the pots, pans and wooden spoons out of the kitchen cabinets and set up a make shift drum kit on the floor. I was 3. Lucky for me I had the coolest mom ever. By age 6 she remembers deciding, OK this kid needs drums. So Christmas morning there they were. Life never has been the same since.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Music. It is an addiction that there is no cure. And once in while I like to surf.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding time to do everything that is needed to do to run Metropolis America. Finding the right people to help you with your musical endeavor that have the same vision and crazy drive it takes to succeed in music.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
When my older brother took me to my first concert it was a defining moment in my life. Music definitely.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
In any musical community you have the people that help you along and people that bring you down and are negative. I have experienced the negative side of music scene in the Philly area and have vowed to not be a part of that. It just does not foster creativity. It takes a lot of time and energy to succeed in a band, don't spend it wasting time.
What other artists out there do you love?
Anyone who knows me is laughing that I have been asked this question because I love music so much that I find the greatness in any genre of music. It just broadens your knowledge of music that you can tap when needed. But if I were to say what is on my iPod right now that I have been listening to: INXS, The Roots, A Silent Film, Civil Twilight, Alicia Keys, Edith Piaf. I have nutty taste.
What does your future hold?
The future of Metropolis America is up to how much time and effort Cristian and I invest in it. It really is a hard business that needs to be constantly attended to. I hope ten years from now we can have another interview and we can say, " Hey remember when..."