Friday, January 23, 2015

Beasthead and Glow Mechanics Plunge Studio 5! Into Enigmatic Ambience

Kicking off a rare two shows for the price of none last Wednesday at Live Fsrom Studio 5! was Beasthead, the Minneapolis-grown electro-indie rock four-piece with a taste for spacey sounds and a firm back beat foundation that both rocks and rolls. Formerly known as Mustardbus, the oracular quartet began making music under their new name in April of 2013, and consist of guitarist and vocalist Harry Reynolds, bass guitarist Paul Novak, sampler, drum machinist, and trumpeter Doug Deitchler, guitarist and vocalist Nick Whebbe, and their beloved drummer, none other than Mitch Miller.

Since then, the group has performed live extensively and has cooked up a considerable name for themselves in the Twin Cities area. The band brings to mind Daft Punk's elegant combo of instrumental prowess and ambient, soaring vocals, while also jumping to pleasantly disenchanted Beck-esque and tongue-in-cheek angry Gorillaz-style rapping. Beasthead is currently collaborating on an EP with the Glow Mechanics, who happened to be the second group featured on this Studio 5! session.

Grabbing the mic at the show's halfway mark was hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics. Fresh off the 2014 release of their EP, Factored In, Bev, Es El, and Ghostmeat prove that they can assert lyrics fatter than an American stereotype and truer than a South Park satire. The triad throws back to the undeniably cool 90's hip-hop style, reminding the listener of a couple of age-old beloved groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. In short, the three combine hip-hop elements both old-school and fresh to meld a sound that's sure to get your car's hydraulics in gear and the cutest girl you know in the seat next to you as you cruise through downtown Minneapolis. Be sure you check out Glow Mechanics' release from September of last year, Factored In, as well as their upcoming collaborative EP with Beasthead, currently set to be dropped in March.

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-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

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