Sep 2013 17

Mindless Self Indulgence - How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self IndulgenceMindless Self Indulgence
Category: Industrial / Punk / Rock
Album: How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Mindless Self Indulgence makes a solid return with this Kickstarter funded album complete with all the high energy and crude humor the fans have come to expect.


Ever since Mindless Self Indulgence started back in 1997, the band has been mixing punk and driving electronic music to create an industrial hybrid that is completely unique and has earned quite a cult following. Because of these loyal followers, MSI has been selling out headlining shows throughout North America for many years. It has been a few years since the last release, but a successful Kickstarter campaign raised the money necessary to record a new album and the amped up How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence was created. It appears the money was put to good use since MSI has put together another quality album, sounding a bit more polished, making it an accepted progression. This album has a frenzied pace that will translate great to a live performance and any fan of MSI knows the experience is not complete without taking in one of the act’s intense live shows. Mindless Self Indulgence has the ability to change its sound on every album and not sound redundant while still maintaining a unique style. Even though MSI’s lyrics lack the depth and intensity like most other industrial bands, the music is still capable of producing insight under all the crude sarcasm and humor. It is safe to say that if you are not a fan of juvenile antics or are easily offended, then MSI is not the band for you.

The album starts right out with the sacrilegious “Witness” where MSI proclaims God likes the band because of its success. The heavy industrial sound and pompousness make this a great opening track complete with a party rocking feel. “Fuck Machine” is a rocking and hilarious song with similarities to The Blood Hound Gang style but much heavier with teases of old school punk yelling making it a great song. “It Get’s Worse,” “You’re No Fun Anymore Mark Trezona,” and “Hey Tomorrow Fuck You and Your Friend Yesterday” are all dance-laden tracks poking fun at adolescent freedom. “Ala Mode” is a tasty tribute to ice cream and the song “Casio” adds some 8-bit samples that are a great addition to the album. It is obvious that MSI has a hatred for the current rap scene on “Kill You All in a Hip Hop Rage.” The glitchy electro track states that old school rappers like Biggie and Tupac would destroy the new generation of rappers due to their lame lyrics. The darkest track on the album would have to be “Stalkers (Slit My Wrists)” and “Ass Backwards” is a flashback to the classic MSI hip-hop style. The album closes with an interesting choice in a cover of Supertramp’s “The Logical Song” where MSI does a great job. This must be a play on words and Mindless Self Indulgence is sending the message that there is nothing logical about the music.

The great thing about MSI is you are never sure what to expect from the band and for that reason the music always seems vibrant and fresh. However, if you are not already a fan of Mindless Self Indulgence, it may be a little hard to get into. As such, How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit… might not be the best album to start with, but it is a good one. If you are one of the many people who helped fund the release, there are plenty of great tracks to enjoy.
Track list:

  1. Witness
  2. Fuck Machine
  3. It Gets Worse
  4. I Want to be Black
  5. Hey Tomorrow Fuck You and Your Friend Yesterday
  6. You’re No Fun Anymore Mark Trezona
  7. Ala Mode
  8. Casio
  9. Anonymous
  10. Kill You All in a Hip Hop Rage
  11. Stalkers (Slit My Wrists)
  12. Jack You Up
  13. Ass Backwards

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