February 14, 2013

Making Noise: Mystic Folk Opera enjoying its flair for the dramatic

Vocalist/guitarist Kristin DiCara talks about the band's history and the inspiration for the new album.

By Aimsel Ponti aponti@pressherald.com
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Mystic Folk Opera is vocalist/guitarist Kristin DiCara, top left, bassist Bob Mills, guitarist/vocalist Cheeks, vocalist Elisha Frank and drummer Rich Cantz.

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WHAT'S ON KRISTIN DiCARA'S iPOD

"Do You Fear Sleep," The Moscow Coup Attempt

"Sleeping City," The Parlour Steps

"Into the Fade," Queens of the Stone Age

"Home," Zero 7

"Nice to Know You," Incubus

"Lay Me Down," The Swell Season

"Hospital's on Fire," Sidecar Radio

"What Would It Be Like," Sara Hallie Richardson

"Bleed to Love Her," Fleetwood Mac

"Satellites," Doves

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How did you come up with the band name?

When we started off as a duo, we wanted to find a few concepts that roughly approximated what we were up to. Cheeks and I are both mystics to begin with. The "folk" part came from the fact that we were schlepping around a couple of acoustics back then. Even though we're really rock musicians more than anything else, we just liked the way the word sounded. It's art, you know?

As for the term "opera," it's all about the dramatic. Over the years, we've written songs to each other, about each other or the spiritual connections we've made, our disappointments in politics or people, whatever was going on. Make all those connections, put them all in the same place at the same time, pour your heart and soul out on a stage with all of its terror, inconsistencies, bitter tirades and, oh yes, the scandals, and you have an opera. That's most certainly us!

What did you grow up listening to?

To condense it across our various members and point to the general consensus between us, it would have to be Led Zeppelin, Pat Benatar, Rush, Queen, The Police, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bad Company, James Taylor, The Commodores, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, Peter Gabriel and Fleetwood Mac.

Staff Writer Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455 or at:

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