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The best kept secret in music



For a lifelong New Wave fan, one just can't get enough of the current '80s revival. Youthful bands such as Franz Ferdinand, the Killers, the Pin-Up Girls, the Bravery, and the Kaiser Chiefs have resuscitated rock & roll from over a decade of widespread blandness and obnoxious screaming. Add Mutronium to the list of rebels. On their self-titled, self-released five-track EP, the trio dusts off the Cars' clash of chilly synthesizers and AOR guitars and gives it a Pixies post-punk burst of manic energy. The Cars and the Pixies are obvious influences—blatant inspirations—but hearing the two styles together is a blast. "I'm All Over You" starts with a déjà vu riff that may have been lifted, subconsciously or not, from the Cars' "Double Life" and then explodes into a power-pop firecracker that'll have aging New Wavers doing the pogo across the room. Even better is "Connected," which borrows from the Ric Ocasek songbook a little deeper—check out those cold, alienated vocals—while reaching speeds that the Cars never did. Squiggly keyboards and chunky bass lines fuel "Square Mile," and "Wicked Girl" is so New Wave that Johnny Slash from Square Pegs would've remarked, "That is so New Wave." And the group simply doesn't slow down. The closing tune, "Trilateral," is pedal-to-the-floor fun.



If the Cars' Ric Ocasek had fronted the Pixies—or if Neil Young was the lead singer of the Cars—what they would've sounded like is realized in Mutronium. As bizarre as those combinations seem, they vividly describe this oddball young band. "I'm All Over You" opens with Jesus & Mary Chain-esque doomy percussion that quickly dissolves into herky-jerky power pop. Vocalist Joel Neumatic has, intentionally or not, resurrected Ocasek's detached cool while the guitars slash and burn a la the Pixies. It's a formula that the group utilizes throughout the EP, but there's nothing wrong with sticking to a style that works effectively; after all, the Ramones built a career around it. On "Connected," Mutronium recall the Cars even more as the Neumatic's voice takes an even icier tone. There have been numerous artists compared to the Cars throughout the decades; however, none have captured the Boston band's nervous energy as well as Mutronium. But Mutronium is not some retro act; they're simply being faithful to the true definition of alternative rock, picking up where it left off before the grunge explosion.

- Whisperin' & Hollerin' U.K.

"fluxblog REVIEW"

As the northeastern United States settles into a deep freeze, it's probably a good idea to break out some summery pop for the sake of escapism. This song is an excellent Cars pastiche complimented by some noisy lead guitar straight out of the Joey Santiago playbook and dynamic programmed percussion that flirts with Big Beat, but remains grounded in contemporary power pop. In terms of pop-rock music, this is the song to beat in 2005.


"live journal REVIEW"

This would go well as the climatic prom song in an 80's movie. I mean that it the good way, for seriously. Alright, just imagine if the Breakfast Club kids actually kept their promises, and the sequel featured a prom scene. This song would so be in it.



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Mutronium is one of those rare musical groups that are able to simultaneously draw the audience in while at the same time turning them on their ear. With their quirky instrumentation and angular vocal melodies they have a knack for catchy hooks and sonic subversion.

Mutronium started out as a demo recording created by Joël Neumatic and Kurt Bordeaux, who were previously in the London UK band Melt. They relocated to New York City and while producing recordings for Hefner and Ambulance Ltd., the Mutronium demo found its way onto WFMU radio. "When they asked us to play live on the radio," says singer/synth player Joël. "I was taken aback by this, there wasn't even a band yet!". In the summer of 2004 they found guitarist/singer Scott Rio and Mutronium was born.

Not being ones to follow the crowd, whether it's playing guitars with seashells, jewelry beads or a dentist tool, or tinkering with archaic home-made synthesizer modules, Mutronium continues to command attention and turn heads. Along with their energetic and impassioned live shows Mutronium produces a vitality that makes you excited to go out and discover new music again. And this is just the beginning of their story...