Monthly Archives: February 2013

Check Out This Artist: Mr. and the Mrs.

Hooray for more artists for allowing me to poke and prod!  This next band featured is Mr. and the Mrs. from Hillsdale, Kansas (don’t bother looking for the city.  It’s kind of one of those Kansas towns), though they’re usually found at shows in Lawrence right now.  Formed in 2011, this duo describes themselves as garage, trash, and punk citing influences like The Cramps, Nirvana, Television, The Ramones, and The Talking Heads.

I personally find their music full of humorous lyrics to compliment the lighthearted, amateurish feel appropriate for the genres from which they pull.  They keep it simple but at times it feels like it’s a homage to various artists and genres (though I heard the shoutout to the Replay Lounge and chuckled).  There are moments where I feel like despite the satire there’s a message.  Then I remember that I’m a music critic and like to over analyze crap.

Don’t take my word for it, though.  They have a nice catalog on soundcloud and a cool facebook page to check out.  Listen to them, like them, maybe even attend one of their shows.


Check Out This Artist: Divinations

I confess I pretty much wander the Internet and find artists who will put up with me for a few minutes to poke and prod for this section.  One such band is Divinations.

Divinations is a melodic thrash (self described as “melo-thrash”) who haven’t released many songs as of this post. Their style consists, according to member CJ Constantino of heavy doses of  a combination of major and minor scales, lots of arpeggios,  and a hint of blues.  I found the band’s use of dissonance interesting along with some riffs that seem like a throwback to 80’s metal and with build ups reminiscent of 90’s metal.  This makes sense as Constantino also cites the band’s influences are various and include: Children of Bodom; Norther; Imperanon; and Soilwork.

These guys formed in 2012 and have an EP due to release in March 2013.  Go ahead and check out their sites and listen for yourself.