If you’re having trouble thinking where you’ve seen these guys before, they were formally the indie band that was I Am The Door, who yours truly had seen live a few years back. Unfortunately, it was more the name than the songs that left a lasting impression, but this is not the case with Mind Museum. The Bristol 3-piece have been busy gathering praise for their début release, ‘Rat Race’, and with the music on offer with this latest release, it’s little wonder why a trail of plaudits follows in their wake. A fresh and powerful collection of songs is to be found here, all filled with PMA (that’s ‘positive mental attitude’ for those not down with the acronyms). The band pride themselves on “true self belief”, and there’s plenty of that to be found here, along with more than enough musicianship and well-crafted songs to make you believe in them too.
Mind Musuem may not be reinventing the wheel, but in a music scene saturated with soundalikes, it’s refreshing to hear them doing something that sets them apart from their peers. They’re unashamed purveyors of the catchy hook – you’ll find yourself humming these ditties on your preferred mode of transport, no doubt. There’s a swagger and groove in their floor-stomping tunes like ‘The Secret Of Happiness’ that will get fists and hearts a-pumping when the hips start a-swaying.
The moving from a quiet verse into a loud chorus is a relic of the Music Museum (I love bad puns), but when it’s seamless and well-timed like it is with ‘Rat Race’, you are still impressed by what is now commonplace. The song’s message (“Don’t let them grind you down”) hits home a lot better with some balls behind the chorus. The only gripe with the quiet verse/loud chorus game is that it’s too reoccurring a feature of ‘The Power Of Three’; it’s a shame that you feel you know how a song is going to pan out before you hear it. That’s not the case with opener ‘The Watcher’ though. It comes in straight off the bat with a surge of guitars (think Alexisonfire‘s ‘Born & Raised’) that belies the somewhat passive occupation of the title. The fret work is furious; the vocals, ferocious; the solo, fucking unexpected – you won’t see it coming, but by God, you’ll be glad that it did.
And that’s what is perhaps the thing that makes Mind Museum stand out – just when you think you’ve heard it all before, they’ll throw you a curved ball and keep you engaged. In today’s almost Orwell-esque society, as described in ‘Rat Race’, that’s a difficult thing to achieve. A frantic end is to be found in ‘Seal The Cracks’, but the Bristol boys won’t be needing much Polyfill to seal up this release (I told you I love bad puns).
In all seriousness though, ‘The Power Of Three’ is a solid and impressive release, an impression only strengthened by the fact that they’ve only been going for a year. Good, catchy, uplifting stuff.
Written by Ryan Williams