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2nd album from Mark Ryan's (Marked Men, High Tension Wires) Mind Spiders, and it's a Meltdown, alright. This is a very different beast from the s/t Mind Spiders LP released just 13 months ago. The most obvious difference is that while the s/t LP was recorded piecemeal, with Mark more-or-less playing all the instruments, Meltdown is the first Mind Spiders recordings to feature the full live band. And what a band it is: members of The Bad Sports, High Tension Wires, Marked Men, Uptown Bums, etc etc.

The fact that there are 2 drummers (Mike from the Marked Men AND Greg from The High Tension Wires both play drums at the same time) gives a lot of these songs a rhythmic complexity that sets the songs apart from a lot of other "garagey" type bands.

Loosely organized like the first LP, with the more straightforward, rocking stuff on side A and the weird curveball stuff on side B, Meltdown, while remarkably cohesive, blends a lot of different elements: Great sounding guitar tones. Happy, warm organ. Mean, buzzing synth. 60's pop sensibilities. Snotty garage rockers. Dark, brooding postpunk. Weirdo sci-fi soundtrack stuff. Nods to Krautrock. Oh, and did we mention there are 2 drummers?

Meltdown is definitely one of the high points in the Dirtnap catalog, and given our history with Mark Ryan, that is saying a lot. By our count, this is the 11th record we've released with him on it (1 Mind Spiders 7" and 2 LPs, 3 High Tension Wires LPs, 4 Marked Men LPs and 1 7"), I guess you could say we here at Dirtnap are a fan.

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Vice's Noisey blog is streaming the new album from Texas-based Mind Spiders, titled Inhumanistic. The record is due out on October 8, 2013. You can check out the…
October 04, 2013
Videos: Mind Spiders: "Wait For Us"
Mind Spiders have released a video for their song "Wait For Us" via Stereogum. The song comes off their new full length, Meltdown. They…
March 09, 2012
Media: Mind Spiders: "Wait For Us"
Pitchfork is hosting a new song from Mind Spiders-- the current project from The Marked Men's Mark Ryan-- titled "Wait for Us." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming full-length, Meltdown, which is…
January 12, 2012
Media: Mind Spiders announce new album
Mind Spiders, the latest project from Mark Ryan of The Marked Men, have announced the follow up to their self-titled debut. The new record, Meltdown will be released on February 20th, 2012, by…
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August 19, 2011
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August 01, 2011
Streams: Dirtnap Records posts SXSW preview sampler
Dirtnap Records is giving away a free sampler of bands playing their SXSW showcase. The sampler and showcase features Something Fierce, Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, High Tension Wires, River City Tanline, The Steve Adamyk Band, White Wires, and Mean Jeans, Grab the sampler…
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