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Neomythics - New Corporate Resistance

polyresinator   (39 reviews)

Posted: 09/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

While writing music for others is fine and dandy, for most songwriters, it's just not the same as when you get to perform your own material, as well. And this appears to be the case for Matt Montgomery and Gregory Howe, who have co-formed a new outfit, Neomythics, after penning tunes for other artists signed to Howe's label, Wide Hive Records.

Interestingly, the style that Neomythics specialize in is not reflective of the style that the Wide Hive label usually specializes in (which is supposedly jazz and funk). Instead vintage post-punk is brought to mind throughout their twelve-track debut full-length, New Corporate Resistance, released via Ex-Fed Records.
    
However, there are some obvious connections between Neomythics and the Wide Hive artist roster - most obviously a guest appearance by respected guitarist Harvey Mandel. For those who aren't familiar with Mr. Mandel, he nearly joined the Rolling Stones back in the mid 70's (he actually appears on a pair of Stones tunes from their Black and Blue album), and was supposedly utilizing the two-handed tapping method on the guitar fretboard years before Eddie Van Halen popularized the style in the late '70s.
    
But anyway, getting back to New Corporate Resistance, the album is a very pleasant surprise, which reflects such early, cutting edge alt rockers as Television and the Soft Boys, and even U2 circa their first few albums. Case in point, such standout tracks as the highly melodic "Climbing Out" (which features a nice blend of male and female vocals, alongside some unmistakably Edge-like guitar work), the slow building album-opening "Leah," as well as the propulsive rocker, "GTFO."
    
Also a wise move on the band's part is that it's a very real sounding record. In other words, god awful Auto Tune trickery is not readily present at all - just the sound of real, honest-to-goodness human beings singing and playing their instruments. Hopefully more mainstream rock bands will draw inspiration from bands such as Neomythics and New Corporate Resistance. Additionally, the band embraces punk rock's original ideology - rejecting the norm and attempting to come up with your own personal stamp. Or as Howe explains in the album's press release, "Though it is difficult to identify which ideologies will manifest as the predominant archetypes of our age, a response to the current corporatist structure seems inevitable and our artistic direction inspired and apropos." I couldn't have said it better myself, Mr. Howe.

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