In the last year alone, the music world has seen the unlikely return Jawbreaker, the Misfits and quite possibly the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup. Could a Fugazi reunion be so far behind?
While we await the band’s big payday, we’re halfway there with a new project called the Messthetics. The trio sees Fugazi’s sturdy rhythm section Joe Lally and Brendan Canty team up with jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog.
Their self-titled debut album features nine instrumental tracks that were recorded at Canty’s rehearsal space last year. The release is mostly recorded live, with very few overdubs.
The Messthetics will arrive on March 23 through Dischord. Listen to album track “Serpent Tongue” at the bottom the page.
In a statement, Dr. Thomas Stanley (a.k.a. Bushmeat Sound) had this to say about the band and their resulting album:
Bands can be dangerous when their members have accrued enough mileage to see their chops season into something like musical wisdom. When that understanding has the rare opportunity to percolate through a collaborative environment founded in love and anchored in gratitude, well, then shit can get rather intense. Anthony Pirog writes difficult music because original music usually is. Yet the ideas that he feeds through the Messthetics, are embraced by the Canty-Lally time machine, not just with precision and nuance, but with soul, joy, and groove. These last three are, indeed, the big guns in this spiritual war that music must become in the post-Trump era.
The initial concept was to mix noise/improv guitar with dance grooves – a kind apocalyptic dance party where the beat keeps you moving, but the guitarist relentlessly terrorizes you. The first track, “Mythomania” retains elements that posture, but as reality has itself become more daunting, Anthony – a fearless guitarist – has moved closer to his listeners, and is now willing to astonish without being so confrontational about it. That doesn’t mean the Messthetics in any way retreat from the responsibilities a “hard” sound, just that its volume and edge never eat the bold structural ideas that define this new music. Anthony will even lubricate his tricky time signatures with energetic two-note riffs to keep the listener head-bobbing through the twisting structures. And when their collective voice is thick and heavy (like on “Crowds and Power”), it is neither ponderous nor plodding. Their performances and this debut recording have a lift and buoyancy that reflect back into the audience the love and gratitude at the foundation this trio’s journey.
2. Serpent Tongue
3. Once Upon a Time
4. Quantum Path
5. Your Own World
6. The Inner Ocean
7. Radiation Fog
8. Crowds and Power
9. The Weaver