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Muuy Biien

D.Y.I.

(Happy Happy Birthday to Me; US: 29 Apr 2014; UK: 26 May 2014)

Muuy Biien is a scrappy punk-rock band from Athens, Georgia, but there is nothing slight about their scrappiness. D.Y.I., the band’s new album, may run under a half-hour, but it’s a set brimming with ideas and tensed-up ambition. The lean riffs of “Human Error” hone themselves into impossible sharp edges and angles, while the chorus explodes in power-chord shards. “White Ego” is awash in claustrophobic, paranoid layers of buzzing distortion, crowding up the space as the band thrashes through it.


Meanwhile, “She Bursts” turns that buzz on its head, smoothing it into a propulsive jangle. These songs are equal parts frustration and zeal, the words spit as much as they are sung, yet this is not just split-open fury. These nervy songs are bookended by three movements, all titled “Cyclothymia”, which are big, humming soundscapes that stretch the borders of this taut set of songs. D.Y.I. is an exciting, frenetic rock record, the kind that can rev you up in the moment, but keep you thinking long after the record ends.

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Matthew Fiander is a music critic for PopMatters and Prefix Magazine. He also writes fiction and his work has appeared in The Yalobusha Review. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Greensboro and currently teaches writing and literature at High Point University in High Point, NC. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattfiander.


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