MPLS Rulz Ur Buttz Pt. 2 /// Mrs., more.is.more

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Two stellar left-of-center rock bands from my beloved hometown of Minneapolis, MN have released killer albums this week. Take a listen to the noisy flamboyance of Mrs. and the bombastic minimalism of more.is.more, both of whose new joints clock in under 25 minutes total.

Mrs.City

 

Mrs. is a post-punk band for the cool freaks to boogie to all night long. Their new album City was recorded as one complete take (while drunk) at Chicago’s legendary Electrical Audio studio. Their style is rooted in the weirdo noise rock championed by Amphetamine Reptile back in the day; stanky krautrock guitar riffs lay the foundation for curious drum grooves and abrasively flamboyant singing spouting satirical, lyrical gems like this riff on white privilege –

“what every honky should know, is-
suffering ain’t gauche…
when you got the pedigree
marvel at the misery”

and this jab at too-hip indie rockers,

“this apathy bores me
and I’m not one to champion pizazz
but this “blah for the sake of”..
it’s ironic jazz
it’s desperate nostalgia
it’s J.V. posturing
[…]
neophyte twits bungling sardonic wit
classic
caustic be the flavor of the quips I savor
classic 

Both City and its 2013 sister album Cave are available as pay-what-you-want bandcamp downloads RIGHT FUCKIN’ NOW so go pick that shit up and boogie your weird-ass little heart out until the sun comes up.

 

more.is.moreRoy G Black

 

The irritatingly punctuated more.is.more are a not-so-humble instrumental two piece band with no patience for subtlety. Their passion for their instruments comes out not as wankery, but as an unapologetic anthem to self-expression. For my tastes, too many post-rock bands focus on melodrama and slow crescendos from the humble to the majestic. more.is.more have the same breadth of emotion, but aren’t tentative about any of it. The quiet parts are haunted by prickly determination, and the huge parts are played with a punk ferocity rather than a regal omniscience. Even though a respectable suite of expertly used guitar pedals help fill in any tonal gaps a one-guitar band might have, the nature of an instrumental two piece ensemble makes each song feel like a very intimate performance where every note is heard and, hopefully, none can be forgotten.

Roy G Black is available as a 10” vinyl and a digital download from more.is.more’s bandcamp. It was performed live, recorded to tape, and mixed/mastered completely in the analog realm before being sent to the presses which means the vinyl recording hasn’t been digitized in any way, just like in the old days. The digital download is ripped straight from the vinyl test press, with the sound of the needle coming on and off the record left intact at the beginning and end of each side. Charming touch, if you ask me. Won’t you be a dear, go give ’em a Facebook like and tell Tim and Chris that ol’ Pumpkin Baby sent you?

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I logged into Disqus on my iPhone left handed (cause my right is covered in Doritos dust) to say:

    Minneapolis >>>>>>>>>

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      That will also likely be the most on topic comment of the post, lol

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      Are you also enjoying a Mtn. Dew with your right hand?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Sadly I was beverage-less. I have time to go get one, the clients are gone.

    • Praise from a Southpaw for applying left handed skills.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Nacho Cheese Doritos >>>>

      • you’d image it crazy, but it really does work: N.C.D.’s dipped in guacamole

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          dipped in guacs what? I jest…

          Im a bean dip man..but ill dip some Doritos in guac bro! sounds fresh..

          • you are not going to believe this, but i had chips & bean dip LAST NIGHT

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            i do beeeleee it

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        They were Cool Ranch but I whole heartedly agree!

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          cool ranch >>>>>> too

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

          You’re a monster.

        • You have that garbage too? Jajajajaja.

          I eated so many Cool Ranch Doritos that I can’t eat more than four because I puke 😛

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            how bout old skool taco flavor? those were good…

          • We only have regular cheddar and cool ranch, from what I remember.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            The taco flavor is like the McRib sandwich, it makes comebacks…kinda like Slayer.

          • Bitter (Tyree) Debra
          • Jajajaja, dat spanglish.

            Ayayayayay, caramba!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            thats hot…must consume entire bag now

          • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

            That would be impressive. They are really spicy.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            more is better! sounds hot

          • KJM

            My CVS has Doritos Roulette which means every chip is different. You get cool ranch chips one second and ass blasting hot the next

          • JW(E)G

            That sounds amazing.

            I’m getting a serious case of Contact Munchies just reading these. Must find snacks…

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            mmmm floor pie…

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            im loving this >>>

          • KJM

            I don’t think it’s available everywhere yet.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            me and my stepson are freaking pumped about this development…

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I love the chili lime ones of these.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Mmm

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha

          • more beer

            All of them give you stink breath!

      • KJM

        Just had some with my burgers.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          good move! bacon burger?

          • KJM

            Sadly, no.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Do you remember the Jeff Wayne rock opera of War Of The Worlds? I’m listening to it for the first time and not only is Phil Lynott in it but Justin Hayward is as well.

          • KJM

            I only know the Justin Hayward song because it was a minor hit.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            You should listen to the whole album. It’s frigging awesome like Rick Wakeman’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff
    • KJM

      (waves hullo to Ed)

      • CONAN the King of Metal

        KJM , you still on twitter, i started a new account again and can’t find you. Now i know what you meant about Rush salvaging roll the bones. Brilliant.

        • KJM

          still there, same account.

          • CONAN the King of Metal

            I must be messing up , can you tell me what it is again.

          • KJM

            It’s KJM @KerrAvon666, same as here. My Disqus is linked to my Twitter account.

        • more beer

          What`s up man haven`t seen you around these parts in a long time. Hope all is good with you.

          • CONAN the King of Metal

            Oh yea, i’m fine , was on vacation for awhile to fly out and see a Rush R40 show which was one of the most blisteringly heavy shows i’ve ever been too. At the end of the show Geddy said hope to see you again someday, he always says next time so i think this is the final big tour. They were playing like there was a talent scout from a record label watching them from the crowd. Amazing band.

          • more beer

            Glad to hear that and that Rush was so good. All is good for me also. Gonna go to California Death Fest in October. So I`ve been getting my ducks in a row for that. Immolation is headlining day 3 . It will be good to see old friends. I hung out with (Rodger from you know what band) a couple of months ago when he was in town. It was certainly good to see him it had been way to long. They had to push that back but it will be coming . Life issues what can you do?

          • hey stranger!

          • CONAN the King of Metal

            Hey man, i took a plane to go to the Rush show, it was so good i wouldn’t have cared if the return flight went down in a fireball since i had witnessed such a display of live music that will never be topped even in the next century.

          • Saw the same tour a month ago… Good stuff! Just wish Geddy would try to make the high notes…

          • CONAN the King of Metal

            I think he did pretty good, especially when he tackled old stuff like lakeside park from caress of steel near the end. They were playing twice as hard as they did on the clockwork angels tour. I could feel this was the last time they would hit town. He always says we’ll see you next time. This time he said we’ll maybe see you again someday. I thought it was a pretty blistering show especially when the stage was stripped down , they played like it was 73 and they knew there was a scout from a record company in the audience.

          • si senor, that’s why we paid the high ticket price; figured it could be their last 🙁 well they went out in style! i was ecstatic to hear them play Jacob’s Ladder

          • CONAN the King of Metal

            $140.00 plus fees for a 3 hour show is a pretty good deal considering a lot of bands only play an hour and a half for $100. Great set list, i had a tear in my when they broke out the double necks.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

    more.is.more seem to have a similar approach to Tweak Bird, though the music itself sounds quite a bit different.

    • HessianHunter

      Hm. I don’t really see the connection beyond them both being a guitar/drum band, but I’ve hardly listened to Tweak Bird after seeing them with Melvins so maybe I’m just being dense.

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

        The two members and DIY attitude is more of what I was implying. Very different stylistically, to be sure.

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

    Post Rock:

  • Why all the related posts are stuff I wrote? Is because the free music?

    Damn, I’m such a bad guy.

    Well, thanks, Pumpkin. I think I will doomload Mrs. The weird accents of the rhythms could be useful for those special experimental musical moments. The voice is very post-punky, live Devo and stuff.

    • Because we are all “Linked” to you in some way. Good call on the Devo vox, was thinking the same thing.

  • Howard Dean

    Pseudo-intellectualized post rock/metal?

    *flushes toilet*

    Signed,

    -A Snob

    • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

      Dude, did you hear this demo yet by Altarage? Crushing.

      https://altarage.bandcamp.com/album/mmxv-demo

      • Howard Dean

        Nope, not yet. Will put it on the docket for listening! Byah!

        Apparently Profound Lore will be selling the new Pissgrave on CD/LP from their web store on Friday. Cvlt Nation put up an album review today, but I thought the review kinda sucked. Review felt very rushed and amateurish.

        • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

          Oh nice! Good to know. I’ll definitely be getting that CD. Altarage is sort of similar to Pissgrave. Production is a bit more polished but it’s still nasty.

  • “Their new album City was recorded as one complete take (while drunk)”
    damn i sure have respect for you musicians out there. after a bottle of wine my Guitar Hero skillz are kicked right in the balls!

  • CT-12

    Not so sure if I could get into Mrs., but that more.is.more. song hit me in the right places. Don’t know if I could get hooked to a whole album since I’m not too keen on instrumental stuff, but it’s a nice dynamic from what I’ve been listening to currently. Thanks for the post Hessian!

  • RJA

    I can jam more.is.more – great stuff for when I’m drawing something up here at work. Minneapolis does seem to be full of interesting stuff right now.

  • you know who would really love this article? @disqus_vbOm0wsmIO:disqus

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      There’s no propane in this article. Why would he love it if there’s no propane?

    • Le Tapir The Based

      • CyberneticOrganism

  • KJM

    When I saw the title of the article I was all “What does Multi Protocol Label Switching have to do with music?”. Then my brain started to work.

    • ok KJM (RFI)

      • KJM

        I can’t help it if I’m a Cisco nerd.

        • don’t worry, ♬ we like you just the way you are ♬

          • KJM

            Thanks, but knowing this crap makes me money(such as it is) so it matters, I guess.

          • more beer

            That`s right all that matter is getting that green. So then you can get that other green.

        • Le Tapir The Based

          Who let this nerd out of the locker?

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Off topic but are there any Letlive fans here? My sister is going to see them tomorrow and I might go with her because tickets are cheap.

    • DCLXVI

      wear your sunglasses so you can perv chicks on the sly

  • pïgchop™

    Greetings. I was just following a trail of links when I came across a pretty cool metal site. Check it out, you might find something interesting while there. Cheers.

    http://www.ourhost.ca/amateur/vintagemetalflyers.htm

  • Dojo Holliday

    Thanks for the kind words, HessianHunter.