Sunday, January 10, 2010
Okay, let's get hypothetical here:
You are the singer of a popular and influential political hardcore band in the late 80's and early 90's. Things are going well. You're touring, getting written up in Maximumrockandroll, putting out records. All is well.
And then, at the peak of your career, the band breaks up. Do you:
(A) Put together a watered-down version of the same band, with less talented members churning out tired versions of your old material, grasping in futility at the coattails of your former notoriety?
(B) Quit music altogether, claiming that all your old friends are "sold out", the "scene" is corrupted, and that no one will ever compromise your pure and untarnished artistic integrity?
or (C) Gather together a bunch of mutants with two left hands, remove your pants, put a cardboard box on your head, and start composing songs about Ronald Reagan, Vietnam vets, fecal matter, and old sofas on a pile of broken synthesizers, out-of-tune guitars, and Casio drum machines?
If you answered "C", then you are most likely Sam MacPheeters from Born Against, and the aforementioned malfunctioning-robot of a musical collective is none other than Men's Recovery Project.
I was not ready for MRP when I first heard them back in the mid-90's. I don't think there's really any way to be truly "ready" for MRP. This is the textbook definition of some NEXT LEVEL SHIT.
The Frank Talk About Humans double 7" was my introduction to the band, and if you've never heard them, I feel as though perhaps it should be yours as well. The minimalist artwork and brilliant lyrics ("They Found My Naked Body By The River", "All Music Is Shit To God", "Problem?", "Homo?") spin my dome to this very day, and the fact that these records were 33 RPM on one side and 45 on the other is kinda neat, too. The CD version is packed with "remixes" (which bear very little resemblance to the original songs), so that it contains 45 songs as compared to the vinyl version's 14. I prefer the more concise version, but here's both, just for the fuck of it:
Download the original 14-track double 7"HERE
Download the 45-track remix-heavy CD version HERE
Best. Music. Video. Ever.
PS I used to put this record on to fuck with my friends who were tripping on acid. It never went very well.
The Loom of Ruin
MRP on Wikipedia (?)