Mediocre - To Know You're Screwed [EP]


“lo-fi shout-along anthem” – Stereogum, Band To Watch

“punchy indie rock” – BrooklynVegan

Piper Torrison and Keely Martin channel the foregone peak of alternative rock… Blake Babies for the Tik Tok generation, perhaps?” –WBUR

“’To Know You’re Screwed is to Know a Lot’ is a pummeling track that would make The White Stripes proud.” – THEM

“They’ve gone from “playing make believe” to believing in themselves – and we’ll keep coming back around, every time.” – Audiofemme

Originating in Los Angeles, queer Boston-based rock duo Mediocre announced their Dangerbird Records debut EP and lead single “To Know You’re Screwed is to Know a Lot” to acclaim spanning and more. Today, Piper Torrison (She/They) and Keely Martin (She/Her) are thrilled to share new album cut “Pop Song Baby” and official video. The punchy upbeat immediacy of “Pop Song Baby” is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, at once expertly disguising and underlining the song’s meaningful lyrics which are delivered with a resigned sarcasm and ‘90s alt-rock melancholy. The band shares, “We wanted to write a song that our teenage selves would blast in our bedrooms. As femme musicians growing up in a predominantly male music scene, we pulled from our frustrations of being underestimated and pigeon-holed into certain archetypes. This song and video explores those pressures.”

When you call your project Mediocre, you’re not exactly setting yourself up for success. But the duo of Martin and Torrison take their huge talents in stride, using self-deprecation to deflect from the anxiety of the spotlight. With Piper on guitar and Keely on bass with Jake Pavlica of the band Street Play on drums, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along and Algernon Cadwallader, produced, engineered, and mixed at the LA Dangerbird Studio in May 2022. The result is a punchy, catchy, pure record that seamlessly blends elements of 90s garage rock, angular post punk and brooding indie pop.

On tour now, contact us with any requests:

April 14 – Boston MA @ Milkcrate Mag + WECB

April 17 – Boston MA @ Silhouette Lounge

May 06 – Bennington VT @ Sunfest Bennington College

July 22 – Brooklyn NY @ TBA


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