If Mipso sings “Home Again” when they perform for the High Point Cycling Classic, one of its members really will be.
Guitarist and singer Joseph Terrell not only grew up in High Point, he’s written songs about his hometown.
Terrell and bandmates Jacob Sharp and Wood Robinson graduated in May from UNC-Chapel Hill, where Libby Rodenbough is still a student.
This will be the band’s second appearance in High Point, having performed at the fall 2012 furniture market.
They plan to debut at least one song from their new album, out October 25, at the Cycling Classic.
The Enterprise sat down with Terrell, Sharp and Robinson, as they took a break on their summer tour, including cities in North Carolina, Japan and China.
Q: Is “Lonely Town” meant to present a positive or negative image of High Point?
Terrell: I was hoping with that song to capture the universal adolescent feeling of being frustrated with the town you come from and wanting to get out and see the world. When I was 18, I unequivocally wanted to get the heck away from High Point. And I did.
The song comes full circle and says that that feeling is nuanced. On the other end of the experience, I have a much different perspective. I have a lot of appreciation and love for High Point and for growing up there.
Q: “Home Again” is about High Point, too, right?
Terrell: Yea, I wrote that song when I was in High Point. “Home Again” is about thinking about home when you’re traveling, and really wishing to go back there. It’s about the feeling where you don’t understand home until you’ve left it.
Q: How did you get asked to perform at the Cycling Classic?
Terrell: Dr. Chip Duckett approached me telling me the plan he had for this national bike race. He said that he would love for this race to be a showcase of High Point.
Q: What’s different about your second album?
Sharp: We have all these great guests musicians. There’s an element where people were wondering, “Is this [popularity] just because they’re students or does their mark extend beyond the UNC community, and will they decide to play music after graduating?” And now that we have done that it’s cool to have this recognition from this music community that we respect and admire so much.
Q: What’s been your favorite show to play so far?
Terrell: Cat’s Cradle [in Carrboro]. Every time we walk on that stage, it’s shocking and humbling and also one of the most fun things we’ve ever done.
Robinson: The first time we played at Shakori Hills Music Festival [in Pittsboro]. It was a special moment to play for people who were totally foreign to us, really interested in us, and seemed to be having a great time.
Terrell: We really love playing in smaller towns in North Carolina that other touring musicians would skip over. We’ve had awesome shows in Salisbury, Danbury and Lexington.
Want to go?
When: 6:30-11 p.m. Friday
Where: Between Showplace and Mendenhall Transportation Terminal
Parking: Free street, lot and deck parking nearby. See hpcyclingclassic.com for more info.
Other details: Standing room only, but concert-goers may bring chairs. Food and drink vendors will be selling pizza, barbecue and ice cream, among others.