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Mugstar hover in the realm of Oneida and Sonic Youth and fit well beside such Important records as Cave and A Place To Bury Strangers. Since 2003, they've issued a few full lengths, a split with Mudhoney, an etched 10" and most famously, recorded the last ever Peel Session with the late John Peel. Mugstar are the sound of 10,000 exploding suns, pulsing with repetitive beauty and pounding like a supersonic mantra.
, Mugstar's second full-length album, recalls
era-Floyd and echoes vintage Neu! alongside the more contemporary sounds of Oneida and Sonic Youth. Mugstar take the sonics of heavy psychedelia and Krautrock, drag it through the lenses of punk and post-rock and jettisons the results into something of propulsive originality.
delivers a range of power, textures and soundscapes, from the turbo-charged openers of 'Technical Knowledge As A Weapon' and 'Ouroboros,' the eerie other-worldly atmospherics of 'Labrador Hatchet' and 'She Ran Away With My Medicine,' through the Krautrocking 'Today Is The Wrong Shape' to the expansive voyage of closing track 'Furklausundbo.' It is a forceful and compelling album. Mugstar's origins begin with drummer Steve Ashton wanting a band who could play as loud as he could. Neil Murphy, from an improv background, joined next, providing noise and subtlety. Peter Smyth then answered the call, bringing guitar, keyboards, vocals, and an intense stage persona. Jason Stoll came on board with his dirty bass tones. Finally, Sam Wiehl arrived, adding projections to the live shows, making Mugstar a full assault on the senses both sonically and visually. Steve found the band he wanted."
"Mugstar's third album (their second on Important Records) maintains the power and heaviness of sonic assault laid out in their previous releases whilst extending musical maneuvers and textures into new territories. 'Sunburnt Impedance Machine' moves through driving riff passages with soaring guitars and voice recalling touches of early Floyd before locking into a repetitive keyboard and drum driven outro, power on, power on! 'Serra' is an extended voyage through a shimmering Krautrock landscape, continuous and expectant grooves that call to mind a turbo-charged Neu! - combine with heavy waves of churning Minimalist synth ala Glass or Reich. Clinic's Hartley guests here -- adding distant bursts of haunting clarinet skronk - inducing flashes of Nik Turner or Beefheart (you gotta hear it). 'Radar King' launches with mesmeric drums and bass whilst guitars weave and build to near climax before descending to an eerie space -- hanging, drifting with a stretched moment of tape fx weirdness before the energy inevitably re-emerges, it builds and charges with looming and crunching guitars to a colossal tornado apocalypse finale. A noisefest Sonic Youth would revel in. 'Beyond The Sun' closes in a more reflective mood with incessant rhythms punctuated by arpeggiated synths and distant voice evoking a feel of pastoral psychedelicism. The mantra-like effect driven this time with restraint, atmospheric shifts verge on enlightenment and dark uneasiness. Take the list of band names mentioned above, add a few others along the lines of Bardo Pond, Oneida, Circle, Kinski, wind the intensity and volume levels up to blistering and you'll be entering the universe of Mugstar."
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