Review

MUTINY MUTINY | DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB

by Mike Nipper ~

Seattle trio, Mutiny Mutiny, has just released their second full length, it’s called Don’t Quit Your Day Job, and, to my ears, it proves to be a worthy follow up to their well-lauded debut album, Constellation. Y’all, Mutiny Mutiny has got it in the bag!!

mutiny-mutinyOn first few listens Don’t Quit Your Day Job is pretty solid; it come off sounding like the best of the late ‘90s indie/underground rock. Indie/underground rock, that is, not born from any of the well known “’90s alternative” New York, Seattle, or Chicago long hair groups. Instead they give well knowing nods to late ‘80s/early ‘90s Washington DC/Dischord Records style groups. I wanna think I even hear a bit of forgotten DC band, Soulside, along with bits of other also-rans like Clikitat Ikatowi, Hoover and Ordination of Aaron. However, Mutiny Mutiny has a stronger sense of songwriting than most of their chosen influences, so their songs are a bit more cohesive; some of those older groups got mired in Moss Icon or Fugazi rewrites. Of course, Mutiny Mutiny has now had 25 years worth listening to those bands and would know how to trim the fat. (Though they also bring back the luxurious LP cover artwork and ruby sunburst-finish colored vinyl more common before the first Bush era as well.)

So, what exactly does this album sound like? As they’re nodding the later DC/Dischord sound they play mid-tempo, melodic songs built on threading the bass and guitar lines together under narratives laced with a trace anger. Their anger, however, is more a pointed “feeling of serious intent.” They are quite serious, but never actually shout at you. And peppered throughout there is a wee bit of it’s-not-too-difficult-to-count math rock that creates tension too, but it’s used more as “seasoning” than style. It’s all then framed by a few clever and dynamic pop hooks. Oh, and I should add the guitar tone here is smart. The guitar sound is quality! Thank goodness! All too often I hear the kids sticking with the now tired “pop punk” or the oughties crunchy and brittle metal guitar tones. I’ve never understood why most new groups aren’t thoughtful enough to find some SOUND to suit their individuality.

mutiny-mutiny-dont-quit-your-day-jobTo my old ears the Don’t Quit Your Day Job album sounds like it was made by a band of folks who grew up listening to late ‘80s/early ‘90s underground records after the underground was made legit by pop culture’s acceptance of Nirvana. That notion isn’t to diminish Mutiny Mutiny, not at all; I was there during the late ‘80s/early ‘90s so, to me, it’s interesting to hear the sound return and be so well sussed and played very much on point. Tho’ less, perhaps, only a bit of the fury of that time. The world in 1990 was still a very unsafe, it was often a violent place, for us kids who made or liked this type of underground sound. Well done, Mutiny Mutiny, y’all have perfected capturing the real underground sound of 1990 in 2014.

 

Mike Nipper is an old hardcore kid who’s been collecting records since the ‘80s. He’s now a regular music writer for Seattle’s The Stranger. He is a resident selector at Emerald City Soul Club, Talcum, Heavy Jelly, and Name Of The Game; 45s are his most favorite medium.