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February 16, 2012  | by: Emily Simpson

Phil Elvrum, the man behind The Microphones

One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is to get into a musical time machine of sorts and revisit the songs that I loved so ardently in the past. Last night, my boyfriend and I relived our powerful love of Blink 182 and Taking Back Sunday. Slightly embarrassing to think about now, but those bands were indeed a part of my past. As I thought more about myself ten years ago, I realized that I would be remiss if I didn’t include The Microphones in that recollection.

The Microphones was a lo-fi band based out of Olympia, Washington, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, most well-known for their album The Glow, Pt.2. Fronted by Phil Elvrum, who later changed the band’s name to Mount Eerie, the band gained acclaim for its trademark combination of gritty pop and yearning lyrics.

The title track of the album, above, is one of those songs I can put on repeat in the background or in the foreground – the perfect music to fill the void of silence if I need to study or to sing along to if I’m feeling sad and angst-ridden and alone. Elvrum is like the kindred spirit I wanted so desperately years ago, someone who seems like he could have understood the kinds of things I was feeling. Music is neat like that, tying you down to periods of your life that would otherwise be nearly impossible to relive in the same way. For me, The Microphones are the perfect example of that.

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