Today we’re Making Meaning with Richie Colosimo! Richie is the mastermind behind stoner, doom, post-metal band Mires and half of the dream-pop duo Flower Crown.
Mires has some exciting stuff coming up – including live performances, an introduction of a new lineup, and a new record expected in Fall 2018! Stay connected with Mires through Bandcamp and Instagram for updates!
Let’s make some meaning…
Making Meaning: The Background
Mires is an instrumental band that integrates noise, stoner, doom, and post-metal. They are based in Pittsburgh, PA. They released the 4-song EP Pariah // Libertine in 2015 and followed up with the 25 minute, 1-song EP Loom in 2017.
Catch Mires live at Gooski’s in Pittsburgh on June 28, 2018 with Animal Flag (Boston, MA), The Obsessives (Philadelphia, PA), and Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes (Pittsburgh, PA).
Keep up to date on everything Mires-related by following them on Bandcamp and Instagram.
Making Meaning: The Song
Listen to the song “Loom” from Mires’ most recent release by the same name and learn what meaning Richie makes:
Some interesting notes. The song “Loom” is actually also an entire 25 minute EP called Loom. Richie wrote, recorded, and mixed Loom in his bedroom by himself during the summer/fall of 2016. It was recorded in both Erie, PA and Pittsburgh, PA during his move to Pittsburgh. Loom was Mastered by Justin Baker at Spectre Sounds Studios in Dobbs Ferry, NY. The artwork “Spoils” was drawn by Michael Iverson.
“‘Loom’ was recorded during an extremely tumultuous and uncertain time in my life… ‘Loom” is a reflection of the anxiety, anger, and helplessness I felt during those times.” – Richie Colosimo on “Loom”
“Loom” was recorded during an extremely tumultuous and uncertain time in my life. I was moving to a new city, was turning a failing relationship into a long distance failing relationship, and I had recently had some deaths in the family. “Loom” is a reflection of the anxiety, anger, and helplessness I felt during those times.
“I just knew I wanted a song that was absolutely crushing feeling, that by the end would have told a story if only through its moods.” – Richie Colosimo on “Loom”
At first I was going to attempt to challenge myself to write an entire hour long song, but with the time constraints and craziness I was dealing with at the time, I had to cut it down to a half hour. I just knew I wanted a song that was absolutely crushing feeling, that by the end would have told a story if only through its moods. I wrote the parts as I recorded the album and it ended up taking its own surprisingly cohesive form. The moods and atmospheres of the different “movements” ended up telling a story of anxiety, breaking point, then reflection and what was then a hopeful recovery.
“Loom” is also chock full of little samples some hidden and some not. Sometimes samples from movies and TV shows in songs can be a little corny, but I thought the sample from True Detective, while a little campy, fit the mood of not only the song, but fit what I was going through at the time. If you listen closely, you’ll also hear sounds of the city and some other goodies I tucked in there.
“Sometimes I put on ‘Loom’ just to jam and other times I feel like I’m sitting in my chair in my new apartment in Pittsburgh without a job and worrying about how I was going to pay rent… Things are much better, but sometimes I still throw it on to remember what it was like.” – Richie Colosimo on “Loom”
Sometimes I put on ‘Loom’ just to jam and other times I feel like I’m sitting in my chair in my new apartment in Pittsburgh without a job and worrying about how I was going to pay rent. It also sometimes takes me back to Erie and the summer that I spent there and the people I spent it with. Things are so much different now even though its only been shortly over a year after the album’s release. Things are much better, but sometimes I still throw it on to remember what it was like.
“Almost immediately we started getting show offers, I put together a band, wrote new music, and now have plans for releasing a new record and touring this year. It’s been a crazy time.” – Richie Colosimo on “Loom”
“Loom” was mostly meant for myself. It was a thing that I needed to get out and I honestly didn’t expect the response I received. Almost immediately we started getting show offers, I put together a band, wrote new music, and now have plans for releasing a new record and touring this year. It’s been a crazy time. As far as what other people take away from “Loom,” I just hope they can appreciate the atmosphere I tried to create and maybe find something in there to relate to. A blog in Germany said that ‘If one had to set the eternal loneliness of a nightmare to music’ that Mires would ‘come close to the sound’ and I was just like ‘Fuck.’ That’s a pretty cool thing for someone else to take from it. – Richie Colosimo of Mires
Thanks to Richie for sharing the meaning he makes from this song/album! It’s always so interesting to learn how artists process their intense emotions through their art and how that affects listeners. Very cool – very meaningful. Thank you for making meaning with us.
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