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Mind Controls

Mind Controls: Mind ControlsMind Controls (2006)
Dirtnap Records

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Fortune would have it that the Mind Controls' song "Death Cult Shoot-Out" was followed in a recent shuffle by the Skatalites' "Guns of Navarone." The classic ska song was recorded in 1964 while the punk tune was tracked just this past September in Montreal. "Navarone" is tinny, low-fidelity, quite w.
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Fortune would have it that the Mind Controls' song "Death Cult Shoot-Out" was followed in a recent shuffle by the Skatalites' "Guns of Navarone." The classic ska song was recorded in 1964 while the punk tune was tracked just this past September in Montreal. "Navarone" is tinny, low-fidelity, quite washed out at times and clearly a product of its time and place in a fledgling music industry. The 42-year-old track also sounds a few notches cleaner than anything on Mind Controls' new full-length.

If you're experiencing a bit of déjà vu, this is the second notable Montreal lo-fi punk act to debut in as many months. Like Alive Records' Milky Ways, Mind Controls pull in plenty of late `70s influences to create a record that's stylistically and audibly retro. The band's fronted by one Mark Sultan, who moonlights as Bomp-affiliated one-man band BBQ. Bassist Ysael Pepin plays in Demon's Claws while drummer Brian, more formally The Duke, hails from the Confusers. The Montreal garage punk scene seems like a tangled mess of "current and ex-member" credits and Mind Controls are no exception. Did I mention Sultan's played with the Spaceshits and Les Sexareenos? How about the fact that members of both those bands, plus the sister of BBQ's partner in crime King Khan make up the 3/4ths of the Milky Ways? You get the picture.

Running with that comparison, Mind Controls are a much more direct band than the Milky Ways. The distorted garage punk sound is unmistakable but there's little psychedelia here. For all the noise he makes, Sultan's really just a student of classic pop songwriting and keeps things short and to the point. Despite the fact that the album opening "Take a Message" was a BBQ song in an earlier life, Mind Controls shy away from the outright R&B / rockabilly sound of Sultan's solo work. Vocally, there's a bit of the New Bomb Turks' rapid delivery with a quirky touch of the Briefs. Mind Controls share a lot of qualities with early Marked Men or even the Million Dollar Marxists, albeit a few intentional notches rougher.

Mind Controls is a fine debut, providing twenty minutes of the most genuine rock'n'roll you'll hear this summer. It's one of those great unimportant punk records that makes no assumptions and doesn't dare take a song over the three-minute mark. That's all I ask for.


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rinjonjori (September 11, 2006)

This is probably one of the best new bands out there. Then again Mark Sultan is in many new bands and will be in many more. It would be great to see them live, but ...

Anonymous (September 11, 2006)

Les Sexareenos are one of the best party bands ever

wallofyouth (September 11, 2006)

jesse michaels is pissed

adam (September 10, 2006)

"les sexareenos and the spaceshits should be mentioned here."

They are in the review.


Anonymous (September 10, 2006)

Hell yeah it will, they played a bunch of stuff from it at the Chicago Blackout. Their last one was album of the year material.

zakzakzak (September 8, 2006)

les sexareenos and the spaceshits should be mentioned here.

and theres a new king kahn and bbq album out soon that will be killer.

gladimnotemo (September 8, 2006)

I like this, but not as much as the King Khan & BBQ stuff I've heard. I really wish I could find that album on LP, because it's killer stuff.

Anonymous (September 8, 2006)

Yeah, they're hitting K-zoo...I can't wait! My band actually got to open for them once, which was just about the coolest thing we've ever done.

~Petro B. Pettson

Anonymous (September 8, 2006)

Everything Mark Sultan has done is pretty much awesome. He's rolling through my town with King Khan pretty soon. It's going to be good. If you want to hear a great album check out the King Khan & BBQ Show on Gonner records.

Anonymous (September 8, 2006)

With me, Dirtnap is pretty hit and miss(this being a hit with me).....But I'm a big Mark Sultan fan already. Caught these guys live a few months back, and it's much better in person.

ilikepunkrock (September 8, 2006)

I like it, but there is a lot better stuff on dirtnap, the new absolute rulers is going to be rad (even though it is on green noise which is dirtnap just a seperate branch for just northwest bands).

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