Mystery Roar are a diverse crew of individuals that share an intense love of music. Like Hunt and Tony Sales, the late, great Soupy’s kids who played with Iggy Pop and David Bowie, Patrick and Andrew are brothers who play bass and drums. But they do so with the extra-sensory precision that comes with being identical twins. Born in the city of steel and Andy Warhol, Tia is especially adept at transforming the metallic tones of vocoders and synthesizers into pop.
Jake, Joseph, and Nathanael were three hardscrabble kids trying to make it out of Scranton alive, and they did: together, to Boston. Joseph studied audio production and Jake studied art — skills that continue to inform their cerebral and soulful musicianship. The pair provides guitars, synths and also sing the high and middle vocal harmonies. Nathanael — a once-awkward gay kid, now a confident and formidable frontman — provides the unique silky baritone voice that keeps hooking new listeners.
Early on, Dopamine Records recognized a camaraderie with Mystery Roar. Dopamine has on their roster both guitar bands and dance DJs, and Mystery Roar navigate that wonderful space between. Mystery Roar’s danceable music has been remixed by Soul Clap, Jensen Sportag, the Bodega Girls, and label mate DJ Die Young. Mystery Roar’s self titled EP will be released by Dopamine Records on 4/13/2010. The release is vinyl and digital only.
The R&B-styled dance-pop gems that comprise Mystery Roar are melodically adventurous and instantly arresting; but repeated listens reveal their rich sonic layers and rhythmic complexities. Accompanied by phenomenal collagist artwork designed to be stared into, the EP ranges from uptempo psych-disco to lovelorn quiet storm ballads. Critical comparisons have included Talking Heads, MGMT, Hall and Oates, Chromeo, Passion Pit, and Roxy Music. The band members themselves might add Afro-beat, deep disco, and Italo as influences.
“Mystery Roar couch tremulous, crooning vocals in beds of shimmering disco and hip-throwing grooviness.” - The Phoenix
“Music to pour a glass of red and lay naked on a bear-skin rug to, this Roar screams next big thing.” - The Herald
“Hand clap beats, filthy bass grooves and cooly effected vocals in a scandalous man on machine love affair.” - The Metro
“These keyboard-wielding buddies have made impromptu groove-a-thons a habit as regular as eating breakfast or brushing your teeth.” - Weekly Dig
“A winkingly retro-minded band that’s never met a Casio it didn’t like, Mystery Roar mashes up its penchants for ’80s new wave, freestyle, and a seriously deep love of Giorgio Moroder.” - Boston Globe
*2010 The Phoenix Best Music Poll: Best New Act nominee
*2009 Boston Music Award: New Act of the Year nominee
Edited by mysteryroar on 19 Jul 2010, 23:20
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