The Messthetics

The Messthetics

The Messthetics

S/T

Dischord

When constructing an instrumental trio, first consideration should go to the rhythm section. With a steady backbone holding things together, the guitarist or lead instrumentalist has a solid base to come back to after flights of fancy, and can be encouraged to stretch out without the whole thing devolving into an aural mess.

And if you’re looking for a rhythm section for your hypothetical trio, you couldn’t do much better than Brendan Canty and Joe Lally, the drummer and bassist from Fugazi. Add jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog to the band, and you have a trio that is experimental yet approachable.

The Messthetics are a post-rock trio benefitting from Canty and Lally’s near-decade experience of playing together while Pirog can switch from driving monster riffs to delicate guitar passages, sometimes in the same song. Their self-titled album on Dischord recalls King Crimson or Trans Am, and displays a variety of moods and textures.

Opening track “Mythomania” could be from a late ’70s Italian cop movie, with an ominous, driving bassline and claustrophobic guitar flourishes. The band can be gentle in “Once Upon a Time” or “Radiation Fog” or slowly building in “The Inner Ocean,” or riff-heavy in songs like “Crowds and Power.” Pirog’s guitar brings to mind Sonny Sharrock or Nels Cline, and works well with Canty and Lally, with the band effectively creating atmosphere and emotion.

The Messthetics’ nine songs on the self titled album create a compelling mix of improvisation and structure, displaying a cinematic scope and feel. Hopefully, this release is just a taste, and the Messthetics will continue to release more albums of emotion-packed post-rock.

www.dischord.com/band/messthetics

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee
    Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Don Felder
    Don Felder

    Don Felder took music fans down Eagles’ memory lane at Disney Epcot’s® Garden Rocks Concert Series, and Michelle Wilson loved every nostalgic moment of it.

  • Alfred Sergel IV
    Alfred Sergel IV

    Alfred Sergel IVtet (The Tam Tam Group). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Tanika Charles
    Tanika Charles

    The Gumption (Record Kicks). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives