It’s hard to pin down the sound of Muuy Biien. The record begins with two minutes of an oddly entrancing drone before kicking into the true opener, “Cyclothymia I.” Is it punk? Is it noise rock? Is it post-punk?
It’s sort of…post-everything, if one had to put a label on it. But that’s selling the record short. It’s not just noise for the sake of noise; there are some quirky and angular melodies tucked in the grooves. Standouts include the short “Dust,” a throwback to the late-’70s pogo of British punk and the equally engaging “Melters,” blending Hüsker Dü’s acousticallytinged layers of fuzz with atonal, jerky chord bursts. Highly recommended.
Due to their penchant for poor spelling, Athens-based noisemakers Muuy Biien have decided to call their latest LP D.Y.I. – fitting for a record bathed in an authentic, charming homemade quality (albeit wrapped in a grunged-out layer of post-punk, Wire-esque drones and spikes).
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Muuy Biien D.Y.I.
Athens, GA (HHBTM Records)
“Athens Noisemakers Go PostEverything on New LP”
Artwork by ASH RICKLI & EMILY BECK Layout by MIKE TURNER Mastered by JESSE MANGUM at THE GLOW STUDIOS Recorded/Mixed by ROBBIE RAPP & JOSHUA EVANS Size: 12-inch Speed: 33 1/3 rpm Color: White Vinyl
review by BENJAMIN RICCI / photo by JASON THRASHER PERFORMER MAGAZINE JULY 2014 9