PTM Podcast: Fuzzy, loud & happy with ahem

ahem photographed by Téa McLawhorn

Somewhere in Minnesota, there’s an underground bunker turning out some of the happiest and loudest rock in the state. Courtney, Alyse, and Erik make up the trio ahem, and together they write playful songs about climbing trees and taking the winding path through life.

At the heart of ahem, is the trio’s friendship, which the band explained helps them feel comfortable taking risks in their music. “I think our creative process is really playful,” explained Courtney.

After releasing the EP’s Just Wanna Be and Chutes and Ladders, ahem are coming out with their debut full-length album Try Again on November 1 with Forged Artifacts. I sat down with the band in a studio in Minneapolis — and had no idea that it was the same exact spot where ahem recorded  Try Again (or that my producer Allie helped them make the album).

You can stream the episode using the player above, or subscribe via PodbeanApple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Songs included in this episode: “Sideways” and “Wishing Well” by ahem

The Pass The Mic Podcast is produced by Allie Pasiuk and Colleen Cowie, and is presented by Renaissance People’s Media. If you want to support the people who make this podcast and Pass The Mic possible, you can head to our Patreon at

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