The Armchairs

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The Armchairs
Origin Philadelphia, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock
Years active 2007–May 13th, 2011
Labels Punk Rock Payroll
Associated acts The Extraordinaires, Dangerous Ponies, Drink Up Buttercup, Horse's Mouth, Arrah & The Ferns, Netherfriends, The Circadian Rhythms, Dinosaur Feathers, Tongue Sculptors, Dr. Dog, Man Man, Cheers Elephant, Afuche, Deleted Scenes, Ball Of Flame Shoot Fire, Hop Along, Norwegian Arms, Da Comrade!, Quantine Rabbit, Cabaret Red Light, Ape School
Members Michael Chadwick
Michael Harkness
Andy Molholt
Andrew Morris

The Armchairs was a psychedelic rock band based in Philadelphia consisting of Michael Chadwick on keys, guitar and vocals, Michael Harkness on drums, Andy Molholt on guitar, keys and vocals, and Andrew Morris on bass.[1] The band formed in 2007 when primary songwriters Molholt and Chadwick, then roommates at Columbia College, relocated to Philadelphia. In 2008 Harkness and Morris, then roommates at the University of the Arts, completed the line-up and the group started to perform steadily in the area.[1] During the next three years the band gradually became a notable band in Philadelphia music scene with a cult following throughout the region and into the rest of the east coast and Midwestern United States.[2] The band developed a reputation for their eccentric live show which "[walked] the tightrope between absurdist performance art and solid pop-rock".[1] Their on-stage bits included readings of The Communist Manifesto, Easter egg hunts, costume changes, and forcing audience members to take the stage to perform a song as the band takes a break.[3] Musically, the band has been compared to Ween, The Mothers of Invention, Pavement, and The Kinks.[4][5]

In 2010, The Armchairs were signed to Punk Rock Payroll for the release of their full-length album Science & Advice. The album was released in limited run hand-sewn, hand-screened travel pillows that contained a CD in a cardboard sleeve.[6]

On April 1, 2011, The Armchairs announced that they were disbanding, citing “differing goals, differing musical and creative directions, increasing interpersonal tension, and the law of increasing atrophy (the 2nd law of thermodynamics)”.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Vettese, John (10 August 2010), "The Liars Club", Philadelphia City Paper, retrieved 14 May 2010 
  2. ^ Schaffer, Mark (12 January 2011). "The Armchairs (Punk Rock Payroll)". Hey Philly. Open Publishing. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Weymouth, Monica (13 August 2010), "Andy Molholt, We Do Expect That Egg Hunt", Philadelphia Metro, p. 17, retrieved 14 May 2010 
  4. ^ Kindle, Brian (June 2010), "The Armchairs: When You're Strange", Origivation Magazine, retrieved 14 May 2010 
  5. ^ LoBasso, Randy (13 November 2009). "Philly2Philly Music Spotlight on The Armchairs". Philly2Philly. Open Publishing. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Poteracki, Joe (31 August 2010). "Album Review: Science & Advice". The Deli Magazine. Open Publishing. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  7. ^ The Deli Staff (8 April 2011). "The Armchairs Are Breaking Up". The Deli Magazine. Open Publishing. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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