If you slept on it, you’re a total goon, but in 2016 Mill Pond Falls released one of the more quality-assured Boston-born releases of recent years in their self-titled EP. Over the past few years principal songwriter Joe McMahon has issued a string of excellent Mill Pond Falls singles, including 2017’s “Gone”, and lately has been a part of Tanya Donelly’s charity-driven Sunday Series.
Today (May 27), McMahon drops a new Mill Pond Falls single in “Never Needed,” and it’s another slice of worn-in, weathered-out guitar-rock that stars some notable players from the city’s music scene: Joining McMahon on vocals are Tom Polce (guitars, vocals, mixing and mastering), Ed Valauskas (bass), and Eric Edmonston (drums). It’s a family affair, figuratively and literally.
“I co-wrote the lyrics to this tune with my brother Neil,” McMahon tells Vanyaland. “He has a solo project called Hammerhead Drennon. I’ve always loved his lyrics so I reached out for his help to finish this tune. It’s mainly about anxiety, trying to cope and find hope in this new normal. After I demoed it, I hit up some musician friends that have home recording rigs. This was all recorded remotely. Grateful to these guys for taking the time and care to do so.”