The Messthetics are an instrumental trio featuring Brendan Canty (drums), Joe Lally (bass), and Anthony Pirog (guitar).
Brendan Canty and Joe Lally were the rhythm section of the band Fugazi from its inception in 1987 to its period of hiatus in 2002. This is the first band they’ve had together since then. Anthony Pirog is a jazz and experimental guitarist based in Washington, D.C. One half of the duo Janel & Anthony, he has emerged as a primary figure in the city’s out-music community.
The trio’s debut includes nine songs recorded at Canty’s practice space throughout 2017, live and mostly without overdubs. It’s a snapshot of a band dedicated to the live ideal, where structure begets improvisation.
Mallwalkers sound like a funk version of Blatz! Or maybe a peace punk version of The B-52’s! Or maybe if you mixed ‘90s U.K. riot grrrl band Huggy Bear with the “rock with horns” sensibilities of Rocket From The Crypt! Whatever this sounds like, I like it. These are party rock songs of varying styles, as some are heavy rock songs while others take a more funky approach. Both female and male vocals are present on almost every song with a mostly shouty delivery style that really drives the punk influence home. Good stuff.