First Order Historians was started by Cal Meacham in 2006. Cal originally began writing in 2003 for Last Life Media and then moved on to write for other online projects. He grew up on the trailblazing sound of indie rock. The 80’s and 90’s were great times to be a budding music fan for the underground scene. Some call it post hardcore, some call it alternative, but I just call it indie rock. Short for independent rock, FOH defines it as a group of artists creating art for the sake of art. We’re not stupid we know that most of the “indie” labels are now signed to distribution deals with the big ones, but as long as the true artistic DIY perspective is there, then we’re happy. Being from the Midwest allowed us to pull in influences from all 4 corners of the US. The Seattle and Louisville music scenes with Sub Pop, Quarterstick and Revelation Records had a big impact on our musical appreciation as well as other hotspots.
Cal a native Michigander has spent the last 4 years in the south, hiding from the cold. Often sipping a pint of his favorite stout and watching way too many Korean films you can probably find him ponied up to a bar talking very loudly about how bad the NBA is or how overrated he thinks Terrence Malick is.
Ryan Meehan is a freelance writer that lives in northwestern Illinois. He is an insufferable asshole and has very little time for anything that requires patience or tolerance. You’ve been warned.