A Band Called Mithras “2″
A band called Mithras is lead by Bob Wison (bass + vocals) and joined by Dave Epperson (guitar), Nuen Dotri (keys) and Reece On (drums). The debut had a pretty eclectic mix of pop and progressive rock styles, so here we go again…
Opening with the strong hooks on “Robot Clowns” and the slow swirling funk synth and bass acoustic of “American Demon” are a great pair of songs with differing styles. However the band gets a little too quirky for it’s own good, “Nobody’s Waiting” boasts contrasting guitar and synth arpeggios. Weird, funny Todd Rundgren-like raps on “Gigo” and “Aint No Hope For The Modern Man.” It’s a bit hard to digest in spots. Occasionally beautiful passages like “Cannonball” come up, and all is forgiven. Fans of Anton Barbeau and Adrian Belew will most likely embrace this album and love it. For others, you’ve been warned.
The Grip Weeds “Speed of Live”
The live concert album is a rarity these days, with the proliferation of bootlegs, and box sets – does anyone really listen to concert recordings anymore? This is the rare case when you should. Culled together from live Gripweeds shows between 2007 and 2010, this New Jersey band leaves the studio gloss at home and plays power pop in the raw. And these performances prove the band is tight as a bass drum and the recording is pristine – almost identical to the album versions, but with crowd applause.
For most tracks, the mix is superior as demonstrated by “Speed Of Life” and The Byrds cover ”(So You Wanna Be A) Rock and Roll Star.” In fact it’s really tough to single out any track, as this is essentially a “greatest hits live” package. If you’ve never bought an album, this is an excellent primer to one of the best melodic rock bands on the East Coast.