Mr Denton On Doomsday
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Mr Denton On Doomsday

Lansing, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

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Trapped in a world they feel controlled by, the men of Lansing's Mr. Denton On Doomsday have made an anti-entrapment, near-saga disc called "The Mouse Circus."
"'The Mouse Circus' to me is similar to the rat race," said guitarist-vocalist Brian Alspaugh. "Feeling frustrated to me feels like a hamster running in a wheel."
The 12-track "Circus," the group's first full-length, is in post-production now, Alspaugh said. Independently recorded with Tommy McCord, of the Lansing band The Plurals, the guitarist said Mr. Denton hopes to release the album by June 25, with tracks available on iTunes and CDBaby.
The music is manic, genre-wise, jumping around the fringes of nu-metal and classic rock, punk and funk, hip-hop and jazz.
"We make challenging music that I feel rewards repeat listeners," Alspaugh said.
The guitarist handles staccato melodies, low-slung and pressing chord progressions and breakneck solos.
Vocalist Travis Floyd's voice goes from low moan to high soar to quick rap to silk-soft spoken. On the bass, a man who goes only by Bush keeps a rolling groove and drummer Benjamin Walnut keeps the rhythm tight.
New since summer 2007's "Live from The Machine Shop" is violinist Ben Sawyer.
The lyrics cover many topics, Alspaugh said, but "loosely interlock, creating a larger picture."
"The overall message (of the album), I would say, is for each person to decide for yourselves," he said. "We are concerned with the government's increasing control in all aspects of American life. The topics vary but do attach to the central theme.
"For example, 'Warsaw' is a direct protest song in retaliation to America's most recent Middle East war, while 'Conductor Suicide' is about the dangers of marginalizing music."
The words are rarely obtuse, going straight for the craniums of the listeners.
Take, for example, these pointed words from "Conductor Suicide":
"Don't get involved, see what happens/When your freedom is sold, don't forget you're a party to the transaction ..."
Those are words, Alspaugh said, that are not necessarily meant to change anyone's minds, just to open those minds to new possibilities and to encourage independent thought.
"I just hope to get people to think, act and react," he said. "I hope to stir all kinds of emotions. I don't care what the reaction is, so long as there is one."
Mr. Denton -- taking its name from a 1959 episode of "The Twilight Zone" -- formed in early 2006, remnants of other bands. With wild-eyed, kinetic live shows, Alspaugh said the musicians themselves carry the same nonconformist attitude they preach on "Circus."
"We aim to provoke thought," Alspaugh said. "We believe in accountability and honesty. We try to approach music not just as disposable entertainment, but as a discussion with peers."
Justin A. Hinkley can be reached at 966-0698 or jhinkley@battlecr.gannett.com. - Battle Creek Enquirer


Published July 16, 2009

Experimental metal band releases debut album

Anne Erickson
NOISE

Lansing experimental metal band Mr Denton on Doomsday has a packed summer. For one, the guys are gearing up for the "Pluto as a Planet" tour, which kicks off later this month and takes them through Illinois, Virginia, Tennessee and back again.

The group also just released its full-length debut, "The Mouse Circus," which was recorded at the GTG House by Tommy McCord from Lansing band The Plurals.

" 'The Mouse Circus' alludes to the rat race - that everyday life - where people go through the motions as opposed to exercising their free will," lead Travis Floyd said via cell phone.
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"Songs cover a lot of political areas. What we're trying to do is encourage people to exercise their freedom of choice and make sure that whatever they are doing is a part of their will, and that they're not doing it because they're told to by another person."

Musically, the album exemplifies the line Doomsday treads between heavy, vicious music and beautiful melodies. They added violin player Agent Phoenix to their lineup, so the album goes in a different direction than your typical metal or rock effort.

"Having a violin takes down a barrier and adds another element to the music, so we can mix it up and take another step into the direction of weirdness," Floyd said. "I think it also allows the guitars to do a little less."

Formed in Lansing in 2006, Doomsday - which includes Floyd, Phoenix, Brian Alspaugh (aka "Fate") on guitar and vocals, Matt Bush on bass guitar and Benjamin Walnut on drums - has played with a tough roster of national bands such as The Misfits, Sponge, Nonpoint, Skindred and Egypt Central.

The "Pluto as a Planet" tour is the first major trek for the guys.

"We're touring on the fundamental that you can't just take away Pluto's planet status," Floyd said. "We believe Pluto isn't given fair representation and taken seriously because of its small stature, so we're campaigning on behalf of Pluto." - Lansing State Journal 7/16/09



Their 'experimental metal' aims to bring rock back from dead

Anne Erickson | Lansing State Journal

Having played more than 100 shows since forming in mid-Michigan a year and a half ago, Mr Denton on Doomsday isn't a newbie to the hard rock scene. And with a roster of past gigs alongside rampaging acts like Adema, Nonpoint and Skindred, the band knows what makes a solid rock song.

Mr Denton on Doomsday's sound falls somewhere between a modern day King Crimson and Black Sabbath, with music that's fresh, original, uncharted.

The guys in the band coin their sound "experimental metal."
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"I think that by experimental, we mean that we're trying to expand the forefront of rock music by contributing to rock music as a whole, not just rehashing something that's been done before," said lead vocalist Travis Floyd.

Band members' influences fall all across the musical spectrum, with Floyd digging alternative rockers Incubus and desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age.

"For us, it's really about the feel of the music," Floyd said. "We try to take the best things we've heard from any genre of music and exemplify it in our music."

The band - which includes Floyd, Brian Alspaugh (aka "Fate) on guitar and vocals, Matt Bush on bass guitar and Benjamin Walnut on drums - plays its high-energy live show at the Machine Shop in Flint Saturday. The gig is part of the Gorilla Production Company Battle of the Bands Finals. It also marks the release of Mr Denton's live EP, The Mouse Circus, which was recorded at a Machine Shop show back in September. The band hopes to release its first full-length album by March.

If you're wondering, yes, the band's name comes from an old "Twilight Zone" episode, sans the punctuation, in which "an old gunslinger gets a second chance."

"It's our focus to give rock a second chance," explained Floyd, "because it's been dead since 1974 and we're trying to turn that around." - Anne Erickson | Lansing State Journal


There is a school of thought, spurred recently by numerous bands, that say heavy music doesn't have to be the same chunky chords utilized by Black Sabbath almost 40 years ago. Mr Denton On Doomsday is on that bandwagon.
The Lansing-based quartet pulls jazz, blues, swing and hip-hop into it's sound and somehow manages not to lose the menace of it's heavy rock core.
"We are trying to broadcast the best that each genre has to offer" said Vocalist Travis Floyd. "Anything worthwhile that's been heard by any of us is represented at some point in our music.".
The band rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Fate, Bassist Bush and drummer Benjamin Walnut, said it takes the best elements of it's favorite genres, sifting out the bad, and using them in its songs.
"We are trying to push into new musical areas, which is impossible to do when sticking to a specific format" said Fate. "Many of the bands on mainstream radio today are guilty of this".
This tactic is evident in the bands songs. Within almost every song, an eclectic blend of influences is showcased. From the swing-step intro of "Pop-Culture Whore" to the Slayeresque, "The Walrus And The Wall", Mr Denton finds ways to pull at the definitions of hard rock.
"I am the central songwriter," Fate explained. "I take the idea that appear in my head and bring them to the band. Each member adds creative flourishes and suggestions. The music is a combination of pre-meditated riffs and long hours of jamming."
Floyd's vocal delivery pulls from multiple areas as well, his dynamics ranging from quick rhymes nearing a rap to drawn out harmonies modern rock fans would find familiar. Fate who handles most of the lyric-writing, adds counter harmonies in the background, elevating the schizoid fell of Mr. Denton's songs.
"Anything that inspires me gets put into a song," said Fate. "I do not have a filter, so whatever I think is what you get. I write about the lack of independent thought, the importance of using the mind, the world of politics and the degradation of rock music and mainstream radio formats."
Mr Denton's show are high-energy sweats and screams, clamorous fun where Fate will hop on drums and Floyd reaches for contact with audience members. The band travels the state performing several shows a month from Lansing to Detroit and Battle Creek to Farmington Hills. It's members say they don't have high hopes for their audiences, they just want a bit of emotion.
"Any reaction is better than no reaction," Fate said. "I just want people to feel, act react."
"We aim to pay our bills and feed our addictions by playing music," Fate said. "We drive thousands of miles across this state every month just to play these songs for anyone who will listen. We each love this music and want to do nothing else with our lives."

-Justin Hinkley
966-0698 - Battle Creek Enquirer 12/06/07


Discography

The Mouse Circus
(Full-Length) July 2009

Live From The Machine Shop 11/01/2007

"Karo" is currently in rotation on over 400 internet radio stations as well as the impact 88.9 Lansing, Mi

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Lyrics provoke thought and music that isn't afraid to take chances. The reckless combination of musical styles seamlessly woven together, create a unique sound unheard in this era of corporate rock. Mr Denton have performed with many national recording artists including Fair To Midland, The Misfits, Nonpoint, Skindred, Dope, Adema, Sponge, Six (featuring members of Cypress Hill), Egypt Central, Michael Graves (Former Misfits Vocalist), Ankla and Scum of the Earth (featuring Riggs, ex-guitarist Rob Zombie). In Sept of 2008 Mr Denton's song "Karo" was added to the rotation on over 400 Internet Radio Stations. Mr Denton released their debut full-length album, The Mouse Circus on July 1st of 2009. The album is available at independent record stores across the mid-west and online thru iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody and Amazonmp3. Mr Denton On Doomsday have performed at such legendary venues as The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Planet Rock in Battle Creek, Murphy's in Chicago, and Harpos America's largest concert theater. This year Mr Denton performed Rockapalooza 2013 with Saliva, Candlebox, Taproot, Obie Trice and many others to a crowd of over 15,000. With a loyal ever-growing fan-base and a rigorous touring schedule, it's clear that Mr Denton On Doomsday are here to stay.

Mr Denton On Doomsday includes vocalist Josie in addition to members Fate (Guitar, vocals), Bush (Bass), Phoenix (Keys) and Benjamin (Drums). Although these diverse band mates cite King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Queens Of The Stone Age and many others as influences, they create a sound unique unto themselves. Mr Denton On Doomsday is known for clever, insightful lyrics that delve deep into the world of politics as well as personal conflicts and the degradation of rock music as a whole.

With a base in metal and a foot in the door of funk, it's hard to pigeon-hole Mr Denton On Doomsday into one particular music style. Whether it's the soulful blues soloing of Fate, the wah-wah induced funk of Bush's bottom line, the haunting accent of the Keys, or the syncopation of erratic drums beats, each member brings something different to a band not content to settle for less. Their love for the music is evident in every note of every song, and every drop of blood or sweat left on stage. If given the opportunity to see Mr Denton On Doomsday live, then do one thing: Do not miss it!

"Mr Denton on Doomsday's sound falls somewhere between a modern day King Crimson and Black Sabbath, with music that's fresh, original, uncharted." -Anne Erickson - Lansing State Journal

"Each song from Mr Denton On Doomsday is completely unique from the next. Some songs have distinct changes throughout, making you think you are hearing a fusion of several different bands." - Andrew Rogers - LCC"S The Lookout

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