Yesterday I received a rather distressing email informing me that one of our Philly faves, Mazarin, would play their final show will play their final show on December 2nd. That doesn’t mean, however, that Quentin Stoltzfus and the gang are gonna stop playing. After their swan song at at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, the band will simply no longer be known as Mazarin.
So why the change and what’s the band’s new name?
Well, that’s where it gets complicated. You see, apparently there are currently two Mazarins out there. No, this isn’t some sort of quantum physics trick nor is it a trip to the Bizarro world in which the members of the Justice League so frequently battled the forces of, um, bizarre. Rather, there appears to be a band in Long Island that feels like their Philadelphia doppelgangers are stealing their thunder. While Mazarin was named for a winning racehorse owned by the father of the two founding members, the soon to be former Mazarin was named for the successor to Cardinal Richelieu, known for being quite a lucky man himself.
But Mazarin’s luck turned when Mazarin decided to sue.
Haven’t heard of the other Mazarin? Well apparently neither had Mazarin. That is until Mazarin received a cease-and-desist in the mail. It’s probably an understatement to say that Mazarin was somewhat vexed. Where had Mazarin been while Mazarin had released such psych pop classics as A Tall Tale Storyline and last year’s We’re Already There?
Well, apparently the self-proclaimed “Rock and Roll Legends of Long Island” had been stewing in their own juices. Oh, and one of their members was ill. I don’t know if the Legends thought the money from a settlement would help out their ailing bandmate, that maybe it would land them on easy street, or what but apparently they didn’t do their research. The Mazarin we all know and love isn’t exactly swimming in cash.
So instead of dealing with the headaches and costs associated with a court battle royale, Mazarin gave in, gave up their name, and let Mazarin have it.
[We]concluded the whole predicament was so sad and despairing that instead of dragging out a lengthy litigation, which [we] had neither the time nor money to commit to; fuck it. Clearly, the name is cursed.
Clearly Mazarin, doesn’t think so.
- Listen to by What See The Sky the soon-to-be former Mazarin
- Listen to by Your Advice Quentin Stoltzfus
- Listen to by Slave to Rock and Roll Mazarin
Buy some Mazarin, any Mazarin, at insound.
As for band name suggestions, here’s a few.