19 February 2020
With their highly turbulent debut album called 3D ROUTINE Leeds furiously outspoken and electrical misfits MUSH show loud and clear that alternative guitar rock is vividly alive and angrily kicking. One moment they rage manically like dissonant legends Devo, then again they freak out like New York City‘s new wave innovators Television on speed, with clamourous frontman Dan Hyndman reminding me of infamous blank generation punk Richard Hell‘s fiery vox.
And their agitated, enraged and frenzied impetuosity fits their razor-sharp and biting political views perfectly well. In these troubled times we need engaged young wolves
like these hungry bohemians raising their worried voice supported by the necessary decibels to shake things up. Time to know more about this intensified and iron-cast
debut longplayer. Therefore, we invited the band to guide us through 3D ROUTINE,
track by track.
The track by track breakdown…
1. Revising My Fee ”
“Felt right to have this one as the opener. It’s on the rawer/faster side of things, nice to chuck a couple of energetic ones in off the bat for a debut. It’s a bit politically minded but not as well considered as some others, more of a tangential moan about conditions. It’s packed with riffs and has a nice wig out at the end, it’s fairly representative.”
2. Eat the Etiquette ”
“I thought this one was the big hit, it’s pretty concise and has that repetition thing. To me, it sounds like pop music but actually ‘Revising’ took off a lot more. Thematically it’s a bit of an attack on the ‘common sense’ and maybe the centre ground. Apparently, it sounds like fast Devo, which I can live with.”
3. Existential Dread
“For about ten seconds this is the closest we ever got to sounding like the 60’s, then it goes all grunge and 90’s. Lyrically does what it says on the tin.”
4. Coronation Chicken
“Important point of the record for me. This is when is throws a curve ball and starts to go a little off the rails. Gets a bit groovier and different sounds introduced. It’s a bizarre track musically, very busy, backwards guitars snuck in at points. Song is about public scrutiny and toffs.”
5. Island Mentality
“Can’t be bothered to talk about the content of this track anymore and it doesn’t take much unpacking. Musically it was fun as we chucked a synth and a saxophone on.”
6. Fruits of The Happening
“Song’s about friends, addiction, inevitability of things. Nice change of pace on this one, some nice violins too.”
7. Hey Gammonhead
“Probably the most slacked out track on the record. Lyrics very silly and tongue in cheek. Found the term Gammon to be very amusing and articulate lot of things in a single word. Inevitable I would write a song about it.”
8. 3D Routine:
“Can’t articulate exactly what this means but it makes sense to me. More on the abstract side, kind of about the obscurity of day to day routine. Musically the most ambitious on the record all sorts of stuff going on.”
9. Gig Economy
“Recorded a new version which felt the right thing to do. Hopefully people like it as much. It has a new guitar solo and added tambourine courtesy of Phil. It’s about austerity and job security.”
10. Poverty Pornography
“Straight down the line punk tune. About representation and exploitation of the so called ‘underclass’ in the media.”
11. No Signal in the Paddock
“This song is about existing in an echo chamber. We lost our shit in the studio on this one and started doing some random Beck type keyboard sounds all over it. Time will tell if we regret it, even some auto tune antics.”
12. Alternative Facts
“The song that made us ha! Marc Riley played this on 6music when about five people had heard of us. Only felt right to stick it on the record. Had to go last due to the length. Songs a fairly known entity at this point but it’s a new version so hopefully people enjoy.”
Thank you guys for guiding us through 3D ROUTINE.
Mat the road rise with MUSH!
Album also on Spotify…
You can listen and/or buy the album right here.
You want to know how they sound on stage? Check this razzle-dazzle footage…
MUSH: Facebook / band photo on top by Broth Tarn