MS MR AT EMO'S IN AUSTIN - PHOTO GALLERY BY MICHAEL MULLENIX
Kicking off the weekend and kicking off the first night of a new tour, last Friday Ms Mr landed in Austin at Emo's for the first night of a new leg of the How Does It Feel Tour. After a busy year of a new album, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, Ms Mr dazzle audiences with their electro-pop get up and dance grooves.
Joining them on the road this time is British newcomers, Circa Waves. Imperative that I give them a proper introduction because this is the type of band you feverishly hope are able to break out and find a hook. Not an adrenaline soaked display of Rock N Roll, but rather a solid Rock Band that is able to blend the best of classic sounds with a gripping, somewhat abrasive hook. At times this band is able to electrify without thrashing riffs or intricate melodies. At the time I could only think "this is what the White Stripes would sound like as a British Invasion band (Rolling Stones, The Kinks, etc)." It is my sincere hope that Circa Waves appears on this publication sometime in the future.
At the end of the night, Ms Mr take center stage and turned Emo's Club into the most happening disco-tech in all of Austin. Launching out on their new song, Reckless, the crowd was instantly ablaze with raw euphoria. The band wove in the new beats of the new album with their previous offerings from Secondhand Rapture. Just as the band was getting too complacent, they were snapped back into form with songs such as Fantasy or Think Of You. Ms Mr is a band our humble publication has caught up with from time to time in the past, but this was an interesting outing to see how they stand out from the pack on their own. The answer is a remarkable command of their electro-pop style that is rooted in their disco roots. If there is one flaw to what is otherwise a very triply night out with a band it is the punishing lack of lights. Usually this is waved off as photographers complaining, but a stronger light-presence would bring out the psychedelic nature of Ms Mr's music, and the natural frontwomanship of singer Lizzy Plapinger. No question that Lizzy has the pipes to carry some impressive Pop anthems, and on top of that she is dressed to the 9's, but in the future she should be lit up a lightbulb. Also co-singer Max Hershenow is a fantastic composer and and singer, but please put a rug underneath his feat while he's at the keys. He is sporting fashionable platform shoes that can rival those of (The Artist Formerly Known as) Prince's, but every time his foot makes contact with the floor he makes a sound that can carries over the amplifiers. His footwear need a mute button.
All in all, Ms Mr are one of the day's most unique rising stars, and it is a pleasure having back to the website, MS MR!