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It is hard to explain the strange musical phenomenon that is the Mystechs. Emil Hyde and Nick Dye are the two main creators of this strange and magnificent band, which combines a plethora of music styles, from ridiculously weird hip-hop to pogo-stick, romping rock. The band seems fearless in mixing up music styles while creating a danceable rock record. There are many hilarious tunes on the band's sixth release, including "Rock and Rolled Killed the Eskimos", "O Canada", and the tough-guy classic, "Deadly Style". Mystechs music relies heavily on originality, which this group definitely has, yet the music can get somewhat annoying after a few songs. Even though the music can get a bit exasperating, for someone who wants to try something different and interesting, check out Mystechs new offering. - Skratch


To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that I even popped this into the stereo to begin with. For starters, there’s the premise - the album’s an “opera” about a kid who can’t tell the difference between reality and “Dungeons & Dragons”. Which, of course, explains the album cover, which depicts the band’s members dressed up as an elven archer, wizard, and barbarian striking combat poses. But, and I don’t mean this sarcastically or ironically or anything, but Warriors & Warlocks is far more fun than it has any right to be.

Of course, it helps that the band’s tongue is firmly implanted in their cheeks, which makes the genre-hopping (new wave, disco, electroclash, punk, classic rock, lounge, bluegrass, and Lord knows what else) all the more palatable. Same goes for the song titles (i.e. “Sweet 666teen”, “Barbarian Fire Truck”, and “Mecha Jesus"). It’s all in goofy fun, for the most part (and let’s face it, even the most ardent Dungeon Master has to admit that “D&D” can lend itself well to goofy fun).

But even all of the goofiness can’t hide the fact that the Mystechs (who consist of vocalist Nick Dye and vocalist/instrumentalist Emil Hyde, along with various collaborators) are really good at what they do, and the songs that they craft are far better than most folks might be willing to give them credit for. The title track’s lyrics may contain references to crimson dragons, goblins, demons, dungeons, and of course, warriors and warlocks, but it’s still a touching - if clever and quirky - ode to teen alienation. Add to that the vocals of Christine Ingaldson and a keening electric violin, and the song is quite close to the likes of My Favorite.

The vocals “L.Z.L.L.F.N. - A.R.!!!” are distinctly exagerrated and over-the-top, but there’s no denying the music’s mixture of disco and analog pop is downright catchy - and the trumpet is a nice touch. Likewise with “Burned”, a lovesong whose object is a succubus - but the song’s emotional lounge approach is undeniable. And the violin gives the song a strangely emotional heft - for a song about a succubus, that is.

The album does get a little long past, some of the goofiness and charm wearing off past the halfway point - and while the album’s supposed opera theme doesn’t quite hold up across all of the songs, it seems especially absent in the album’s final songs (such as the innuendo-laced “Football Hero"). If a few songs had been cut, this would’ve been a fantastic EP, but as it stands, it’s still a fun album if you’re looking for something much quirkier and more inventive than most of the indie pop that folks hear about. And that’s true even if you’ve never rolled a set of twenty-sided dice in your life.

- Opus Zine


Leave it to Chicago to produce a rock and roll duet that's been called "part cabaret, part hardcore punk, and part professional wrestling." If you enjoy your keyboard rock smothered in laugh gravy with a side order of kickass, you won't want to mys the Mystechs.

I've seen the show and the band lives up to its promise. You know that heat wave that's been devastating Texas for the past two weeks? It's no coincidence that it began the day this pink-jumpsuited punk-hop duo took the stage.

- Comedy Central Insider


Discography

Dixie Inferno (2008)
Escape From Planet Love: The Motion Picture (2007, DVD)
El Combate del Sigilo (2007, EP - Spain only)
Hot Tub O' Blood (2007)
Warriors & Warlocks: The Movie (2006, DVD)
Escape From Planet Love (2006)
Mecha Jesus vs. Football Hero (2005, EP)
Legend of the Buick Brothers (2005, DVD)
Warriors & Warlocks (2005)
Disco Hammer! (2004, EP)
Sleazy Riders (2004, DVD)
Jook Een Dah (2004)
City Folk (2003)
Showtime at the Apocalypse (2002)
Unholy Land (2001)
Dark Age Disco (2000)
Fantaseed (1999)

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The Mystechs began as a nice, normal, femal-fronted trip-hop band in the late 90s, then as time went on added elements of everything from gangsta rap to thrash metal to show tunes, evolving into the multi-genre, punk-rock Frankenstein monster it is today. The one constant throughout the band's 10 LPs and DVDs is a sense of humor equal parts cerebral and crude, using stories about eating hamburgers and huffing glue to make satirical social commentary or obscure literary references. The band's no-holds-barred live show mixes the Vegas schmaltz of Wayne Newton and Sammy David Jr. with the visceral physicality of Iggy Pop, James Brown, and G.G. Allin.