MFTC consists of conservatory grads applying their fancy educations to rock, roll, pop and soul.  Their names are Jeremy Viner (Bing & Ruth, Battle Trance), Danny Sher (Bear Ceuse), Nick Jost (Baroness), and Mel Flannery (Jesus on the Mainline).  There is autoharp involved sometimes, there is always bass, keys/synth, drums and vox involved.  Many songs are written by Mel with former bandmate and current BFF-across-the-country Lee Pardini (Mia Dyson, Jonathan Wilson, Youngblood Hawke).  Previous incarnations of MFTC include Rohin Khemani (Red Baraat), Matt Aronoff (Alan Cumming) and Jesse Lewis (Jon Irabagon).  MFTC calls Brooklyn home.

INFLUENCES

  • DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
  • MARVIN GAYE
  • MARVIN GAYE AND TAMMI TERRELL
  • MIKE PATTON
  • WEEZER (THROUGH 1996)
  • BILL WITHERS
  • AL GREEN
  • LEDISI
  • D'ANGELO
  • LAURYN HILL
  • BURT BACHARACH
  • JAMES BROWN
  • ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
  • HALL & OATES
  • FREDERYK CHOPIN
  • LEONARD BERNSTEIN
  • SAMUEL BARBER
  • SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS
  • JEFF BUCKLEY
  • NICK DRAKE
  • WOODY GUTHRIE
  • JOAN BAEZ
  • JONI MITCHELL
  • THE ROLLING STONES
  • THE BEATLES
  • THE WHO
  • DAVID BOWIE
  • MARC BOLAN AND T REX
  • RADIOHEAD
  • THE CARPENTERS
  • CURTIS MAYFIELD
  • JOHN PRINE
  • OTIS REDDING
  • FIONA APPLE
  • ANI DIFRANCO
  • BETTY WRIGHT
  • RUFUS WAINWRIGHT