Texas Microphone Massacre – Mind-Blowing Organic Electronica
An ever-evolving sonic and visual experiment now in its third incarnation, Texas Microphone Massacre is the brainchild of lifelong comrades Chris Veden and Heath Tull. Initially conceived as an off-beat satire of hip hop and heavy metal, the duo began the pursuit of a long-discussed dream project: a genre bastardizing hybrid of electronica influenced by hip-hop sensibilities and prog-rock methodologies. In the summer of 2010, the group began production on its first album Fantasy Rolodex with respected producer/engineer Mark Dufour (Ghostland Observatory, Love Spit Love, Riddlin’ Kids).
Due to prior commitments, Mark was only able to contribute to the production of two tracks, “Last December” and “Secret Love”. However, this obstacle only served to elevate the overall Texas Microphone Massacre product, as an old accomplice in previous Veden/Tull collaborations, Tim Gerron (Doyle Bramhall, Skatenigs) was enlisted to fill the production role. Realizing the true untapped potential of the project, Tim was conscripted as a full-time member of Texas Microphone Massacre, serving as producer and live performance consiglieri.
In February of 2011, Fantasy Rolodex was released as a free download from the band’s website, www.texasmicrophonemassacre.com. With only a guerilla marketing and promotional effort, the project has achieved a number of successes, including rave reviews in the Austin Post, Austin Independent Music, and The Yay or Nay; a featured remix contest on Sony’s AcidPlanet; inclusion (at pole position, no less) in Substream’s Substream Likes Vol. 2 indie artist compilation; airplay on BBC’s RadioOne; and regular rotation on German and Russian internet radio.
At the moment, Texas Microphone Massacre continues to play throughout the southwestern electronica scene, while recording their second effort, Lovers, all while blowing-minds of their ever-growing legion of fans and exceeding the revenue expectations of grateful venue operators.
What are the critics saying about TMM?
Their latest release, "Fantasy Rolodex", bubbles nicely with bits of hip hop, electro-sonic pop, screechy synths, and guitars; all slathered with V's unique, near-psychosis vocals.
At the time of this writing, the LP's a freebie, so you should chase it down and snatch it up with the conviction of an pickax-wielding psychopath.
– Austin Independent Music
The record is deliciously dark and gritty, but the sound is clear, the songs all have their own identity and there are enough rock and poetry touches to keep listeners entertained for a long time.
– Austin Post
The Texas Microphone Massacre – the Texmicmass, as I call them – blend seemingly opposite genres and musical eras with such precision, you’d swear they abandoned them completely in favor of their own new and improved genre. Their website calls them “Mind Blowing Organic Electronica.” It’s true, they are mind blowing, there is a very organic and raw feeling to their music which, subsequently, features sensibilities of electronica. But, they are also so much more than that.
– The Yay or Nay
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