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Mistaken For The Gifted


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You’re living in New Hampshire after getting your degree in art from a respectable college and looking to play in an equally respectable band, and now you’re faced with starting off in a state never known for its musical climate. What do you do? If you’re any of the guys from Mistaken for the Gifted, you stick to your guns and fight the good fight for immaginative rock bands everywhere by playing an organic combination that could be described as The Cure meets Helmet, or Depeche Mode and Nirvana ’s love child, still drenched and messy with the grime of birth all over its body.

You’d incorporate kinetic live shows that would belay a DIY punk ethic, while combining it with a sort of epic storytelling vocal style and a patchwork, subjective lyrical style. You’d have a healthy respect for dynamic range a la A Perfect Circle, and a love of noise akin to Mogwai or Dredg. Lastly you’d include the savvy aesthetic sense of 16 combined years of higher education in art and make the whole package cooperate with itself in print and on screen. That should work, right?

The beginnings are humble enough; a guitarist (Todd Kramer) gathers up a few guys he’s been playing music with since high school (Travis Commeau, Adam Untiet and Frank Bitetto) and when they’re all on break from college, write music that they’d be proud of. Stuff they’d be inclined to pay for as opposed to download. When they finish school, they play whatever dive’s they can manage, miraculously meet an interested investor who throws them into a studio somewhere in the un-mapped wilderness of New Hampshire and hands them a bunch of money to pay the engineer with.

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