Is it true that the best measure of music is how well you can dance to it? Not according to The Mitchells. Great music has the power to reach deep inside and move you on an emotional level. That’s what listening to The Mitchells is all about.
The Mitchells are a four-piece indie pop band from Cincinnati, Ohio who bring a distinctive warm and orchestral approach to their music. And, since forming in 2012, they have garnered a devoted – if not dancing – regional fan base.
Reminiscent of vast stretches of southern Ohio, their music is open, lonesome, and lovely as they layer indie-folk with elements of rock and chamber-pop. In many songs, their elegant interplay of guitars creates a canvas for the melodies, giving the rhythm section freedom to drive the dynamics from near silent to full-tilt.
The Mitchells first placed themselves on the Midwest music scene by releasing their first EP and by playing the largest regional music festivals in and around Cincinnati, including Bunbury and Midpoint Music Festival. Their recent focus has been on composition and staging unique performances, giving them freedom to push their writing and to showcase their music in fan-friendly listening environments.
The Mitchells are continually honing a sound that is best described as “orchestrally-minded.” Their unwavering goal is to meld the rich textures and dynamics of a complete orchestral score with the 4-piece rock band who they are at their core. Sometimes adding subtle instrumentation and, most recently, by composing and playing with a chamber orchestra.
In 2015, The Mitchells partnered with concert:nova – a progressive Cincinnati chamber ensemble with ties to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – to reimagine and perform an adaptation of the 1823 Schubert masterpiece “Die Schöne Müllerin.” Joined also by Grammy-nominated producer and guitar player Ric Hordinski (Over the Rhine, Monk), the new composition retells the tragic story of unrequited love, weaving the modern and the classic into a unique and compelling musical experience.
The band is currently writing material for their third album and playing repeat performances with concert:nova. The most recent was the 2016 season opener at National Sawdust, an “artist-led, non-profit venue…a place for exploration and discovery” in Brooklyn, NY. From there, their hope is to continue to evolve the sound and connect with new audiences who are hungry for something honest and new.
The Mitchells are:
Joseph William Mitchell – Vocals and guitar
Marc Aiello – Guitar and keyboards
Carlos Mitchell – Bass and vocals
Nicholas Mavridoglou – Percussion