Mass. Hysteria

Mass. Hysteria

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Drawing inspiration from 1960s vinyl, Mass. Hysteria have fused soul, British invasion, and (yes, even) country FM radio staples with the raw, danceable Jamaican import shellacs from the early days of Reggae.

Biography

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Drawing inspiration from 1960s vinyl, Mass. Hysteria have fused soul, British invasion, and (yes, even) country FM radio staples with the raw, danceable Jamaican import shellacs from the early days of Reggae. Recorded in just two-and-a-half days, Mistress and Men has an indie-rock sensibility for lo-fi chic, but teems with tones, textures, and rhythms brought alive by a field trip to South America – where the LP was mixed by Victor Rice at Studio Rocha in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Dubbed “Reggae for the intelligentsia” by Face Magazine, Mass. Hysteria has cultivated a following that extends far beyond the reggae/ska scene. With an aura termed “garage-rock chic” by The Boston Globe, the band has gigged with Ted Leo/Pharmacists and The Dismemberment Plan, developing a feel for mainstream independent music that shines through on their Mistress and Men.

Mass. Hysteria formed in 1999 in Brookline, MA. After the heavy touring and radioplay which supported their first LP, 2002's Waiting for the Day, MH released a limited-edition EP of dub/techno remixes, titled Waiting for the Dub. This early collaboration with Sao Paolo, Brazil-based world music svengali Victor Rice foreshadowed his key role in folding together the influences which makes Mistress and Men so unique.

Discography

* "Mistress and Men" LP [Primary Voltage Records, 2004]

* "Dubshine" Compilation [Spitshine Records, 2003]

* "Your New Favorite CD" Compilation [Primary Voltage Records, 2003]

* "Still Standing" Compilation [Megalith Records, 2003]

* "Waiting for the Dub" EP [Primary Voltage Records, 2003]

* "Waiting for the Day" LP [Primary Voltage Records, 2002]

* "No Cabaret License" EP [Bovine Records, 2000]

Set List

Typical Set: 45 minutes, no covers.

1. Wear and Tear
2. Simple Life
3. No Longer Blue
4. Smear Campaign
5. Decide
6. I Won't Tell
7. Cheap Thrills
8. Song for You
9. The Insecure One
10. Zombie in Memphis
11. Let Myself Out
12. Please Please Please