Thursday, June 21, 2012

That's right! Ithaca's math-rock quartet Mouth To Mouth To Mouth are back at it this summer and have released their latest, "2/LIVE/RMX" on cassette via Angry Mom Records with CD on Pirate House. The album is streaming in its entirety online now and available at Angry Mom Records and all Ithaca Underground and MTMTM shows. 

Email the band if you're interested in picking one up and those scenarios aren't convenient. 

Building off their MTMTM EP debut, "2/LIVE/RMX" offers up two new pieces "That Felt Weird Coming Out Of My Mouth" and "Mouth Parade".  The former is a mostly instrumental track kicking it into high gear right out of the gate with tight kit work and melodic guitar interplay with plenty of stop one a dime tempo and time signature changes. Midway through, the piece breaks, breaths, then kicks into some of the band's heaviest riffage yet recorded in a pitch-bent breakdown. The track finishes out with a huge, post-rock esq climax with guitarist/vocalist Corey Fox Mahaney adding vocal work for added effect.

"Mouth Parade" starts in a bit more subtly with a mix of melodic guitar tapping, ambient effects and rolling bass. Bassist / vocalist Bubba Crumrine chimes in with the first lyric work. The track continues with the bands trade mark tightness, disregard for conventional structure, and full of melodic guitar tapped riffs until the piece makes a quick left turn into full-on math-punk, uptemo syncopation and Corey's blown-out whale until they slam it home with another big riff.

The two new tracks are complimented by a live cut of "Mickey Mouth", the 1st track of their debut, plus remixes of "Consensus on the Fences" by Slug A (Jon of Time/Being) and David Ezra Brown and "That's a LOT of Aardvark" by Paper Armies.

The EP was recorded and mixed by drummer Gabe Millman early in 2011.

Look for the band playing live again in Ithaca on Friday, July 27th at The Space with Paper Mice (31G), Our Daily Fix, Mylets and more; then on Sunday, August 12th for Bubba's birthday show with The Bulletproof Tiger, Summer People, Attic Abasement, and Graupel.

Photo courtesy of CG Photograph: