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STREAMING: Scranton indie rockers Three Man Cannon are ‘Building Broken Steps’ with new single

STREAMING: Scranton indie rockers Three Man Cannon are ‘Building Broken Steps’ with new single
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Scranton indie rock band Three Man Cannon premiered a catchy, reflective new song called “Building Broken Steps” this week, the first single from their first full-length album since 2014.

Now based in Philadelphia, the group that features former members of fellow Scranton band Tigers Jaw will release the self-titled record through Philly indie label Lame-O Records on Friday, March 16.

U.K. music magazine GoldFlakePaint debuted the track and described it as “quintessential TMC, floating between laid-back moments of restraint and something altogether more gnarly … capturing a wilted sense of reflection, a kind of steely acceptance of ageing and growth that apparently veins its way through a number of tracks on the forthcoming record.”

“Buoyed by sparkling runs of guitar and a breezy undercurrent to the whole thing, which occasionally prickles at a deeply buried sense of melancholy, ‘Building Broke Steps’ is as formidable and wholesome a chunk of guitar-pop as we’ve heard so far this year,” GoldFlakePaint’s Tom Johnson wrote.

The song can be purchased as a 7-inch vinyl with an exclusive B-side now before all nine tracks come out in various formats next month. Lame-O says the album “taps into a wellspring of poignancy evasive to youth, articulable only through experience, that they communicate in Larkinesque explorations of daily life. It features ensemble vocal and writing credits that converge, perhaps more than anything, on the notion of acceptance.”

Three Man Cannon’s first album, “the sound. the fury.,” was released in 2010, with the “Nelson” EP coming out later that year. Next was a split with Portland punk band Lee Corey Oswald in 2013, followed by the full-length “Pretty Many People” in 2014 and the EP “Will I Know You Then” in 2015, creating a fine discography despite being spread out between Scranton, Philadelphia, and New York over the years.

The quartet doesn’t spend much time in their hometown these days, with the exception of annual live appearances at the NEPA Holiday Show, though they were forced to miss the 2017 benefit concert due to illness. Once this album is out, though, maybe they’ll come back to Scranton to support the release.

In the meantime, watch their Audiotree Live session recorded last year that can also be purchased as an EP here:

Photo by Russell Edling