Seattle Sounds CD Review Mixed Messages: by Dawn Wood

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logoFronted by Seattle Industrial scene veteran musician, Wesley Rogers, Mixed Messages has only officially been a band since early 2012. Before that, while he and guitarists Nicklos Frank and Dim Rott played for Bell’s Theorum, Whether they bomb or blow your mind, one thing is certain, you will never get bored or want to leave a Mixed Messages show. Things will be broken, aggression will be released and VHS tape will envelop you. If you are looking for a Seattle band to knock your head off with sound and entertainment, I highly recommend Mixed Messages.  Not only is their singer, Wesley Rogers an absolute hurricane of raw, screaming energy, but every band member (“the other Nicks” in the band, synth/keyboardist Nick McCoy, drummer, Nick Plantz), guitarist extraordinaire Dim Rott and the lovely Sharon Collier on bass, are talented and interesting…to watch…to hear…to conversate with.

Mixed Messages band mates are huge fans of horror.  Dim and Nicklos are “classic horror” fans and the music is heavily influenced by the horror of our political system today. You can also see Mixed Messages playing shows with fellow Industrial Horror Addict’s Band: Murder Weapons.  Wesley even jumps in on some live performances with Murder Weapons for added debauchery.

Wesley_christmasshowOn March 1st of this year, Mixed Messages started a fundraising campaign with Indiegogo to fund their CD release.  They wound up raising enough money, though their dedicated fans, to record and master their CD entitled: “The Ordeal”.  I have seen Mixed Messages live, so it was a real treat to sit down and listen to all of their material, which I have witnessed live, plus some great new songs.

  1. MMChivalry- Starts off with a bang with angry vocals and guitars, with a sprinkling of interesting samples.
  2. Into the Middle of Things-  Driving beat with screams and intriguing (mid Easternish) guitars wailing throughout.
  3. Hopeless- Slows down to a very sexy, yet rhythmic grind.  Wesley’s vocals are more spoken, even whispery (in some places) trading off to samples then eventual tormented signature screams.
  4. Did What You Had To- brings us back to “in your face” aggression.
  5. Lust and Jealousy- This is the Cds “pretty song” and is my favorite.  Sensual beats and vocals are captivating.
  6. Suffer- is a crowd favorite live.  The beat is driving and intense, almost punk rock in feel.  You will find yourself screaming “SUFFER!!!” even after the song is over.
  7. Do Nothing- Definitely a great candidate for a remix.  The beat is infectious and danceable, with overlaid dynamic vocals.
  8. Then What?- Thumping bass goodness starts this song, with plenty of samples, cacophonies of sound and hypnotic vocals.
  9. 2 Weeks Notice- Thinking this is one of those “I hate my day job” anthems.  I think we can all relate!
  10. Abomination- Political Industrial Goodness!
  11. Emerald City- I especially enjoyed the guitar harmonics in this song.  Very classic rock inspired.  I also like the Seattle reference: “Emerald City!!!!!!”
  12. Collapsing In- Hmmmm….I sense a familiar influence…Butthole Surfers.  What a cool song and a nice variable on this CD.  One thing is for sure with Mixed Messages, they like surprising their listeners.

You can check out Mixed Messages on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mixedmessagesband?fref=ts

On Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/mixedmessages

On Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n04ltND4q_M

Website:

http://mixedmessagesband.bandcamp.com/

 

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