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Meltdown

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The Second album from MARK RYAN's (MARKED MEN, HIGH TENSION WIRES) MIND SPIDERS, and it's a Meltdown, alright. This is a very different beast from the s/t Mind Spiders LP released just 13 months ago. The most obvious difference is that while the s/t LP was recorded piecemeal, with Mark more-or-less playing all the instruments, Meltdown is the first Mind Spiders recordings to feature the full live band. And what a band it is: members of THE BAD SPORTS, High Tension Wires, Marked Men, UPTOWN BUMS, etc etc. The fact that there are two drummers (MIKE from the Marked Men and GREG from the High Tension Wires both play drums at the same time) gives a lot of these songs a rhythmic complexity that sets the songs apart from a lot of other "garage" type bands. Loosely organized like the first LP, with the more straightforward, rocking stuff on side a and the weird curveball stuff on side B, Meltdown, while remarkably cohesive, blends a lot of different elements: Great sounding guitar tones. Happy, warm organ. Mean, buzzing synthesizer. 60's pop sensibilities. Snotty garage rockers. Dark, brooding post punk. Weirdo sci-fi soundtrack stuff. Nods to Krautrock.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dirtnap Records
  • ASIN: B006IZN5WQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Strong 2nd release from Denton, Texas band--fast, melody-driven, high-energy punk rock that
you can hum or dance to. Six members, including two drummers + guitar and synthesizers, give
the album a powerful, "full" feel. There's a continuous, undeniable pop element in these songs
that sacrifices nothing to the power of the garage/punk beat. Mind Spiders play songs that prove
you can have your hook and rock it, too! Shades of the Ramones, Buzzcocks, the Tamborines,
Jay Reatard, Jesus & Mary Chain, White Wires.
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