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Mutiny on the Bounty: Trials
Mutiny on the Bounty - Trials Review

Mutiny on the Bounty: Trials

Alternative/Progressive Rock

After another spin of Mutiny on the Bounty's second release, Trials, I've been wondering if they were, at some time in the past, a purely instrumental band. The reason for the question is that best tracks here are those without vocals. Otherwise MotB is simply another modern alternative rock band with enough technical tendencies to get a prog label. The remind of Minus the Bear and, coincidentally, the recently reviewed Boy Meets Machine. Yet, they must be doing something right as they gained the attention of noted producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon, These Arms Are Snakes, et al).

Mutiny on the Bounty Band Photo

Mutiny on the Bounty: hipsters on a grey day.

So returning to my previous comment about the instrumental side of Mutiny on the Bounty. The best tracks on the album are North Korea, the short Shadow Figures, followed by the wonderful Myanmar, and the awesome closer Mapping the Universe. I suspect, in a concert setting, these songs could be elaborated upon, becoming something akin to shoe gaze prog rock. The band has the talent to be this expansive.

It's not that the vocal songs are all that bad, but there is much screamo vocals to be found. Yawn. But underneath those vocal arrangements is some very nice music, sometimes complex, sometimes simply enjoyable, like Candies or Fiction. But Artifacts and Statues, not so much. Basically, what you need to do is listen, and hear the music. You find an experimental quality to there music. Yes, it seem mostly in the instrumentals. But, the thread is woven throughout. This aspect makes interest in Mutiny on the Bounty delectable, even something more interesting than standard modern alt rock fare. And that's a very good thing.

In Short

The strength of Mutiny on the Bounty is there music. This is alternative rock with enough passion and technicality, especially in the instrumental pieces, to rise above current fare.

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