Metallic Tongue, the second in a series of four EPs slated for release by theMDR, is a barrage of electro-ambient feedback, riding on the back of visceral driving bass, drums and electronic percussion. There is no existing genre to sum up this EP, not that it is in any way outside the realm of modern music, in fact the songs at their core are quite melodic and accessible, but the recordings are channeled thru theMDR's surreal overdrive filter and become something new and unpredictable without sacrificing the immediacy of real, live human performances.
Moments on the EP borrow inspiration from the dense tapestries woven by My Bloody Valentine, as well as Brian Eno, put into a sonic blender with the danger of Bowie's Scary Monsters and the raw energy of Janes Addiction. Enter the driving electro clash programming and the gothic piano on "Destroyer." Enter the diabolical guitar that kicks off "Dark Star" and the pleading bipolar vocals on "Torrential." Enter the train-off-the-rails drums on "Kill the Light."
In the end, a new beautifully confused soldier is born, ready to fight his fight for those eager for a new sound that is exciting and unpredictable, that is not built simply on shock value, but on the desire to express a more complex vision of our collective mind.
THE MOST DANGEROUS RACE
Over the course of several tours and record projects as a drummer (Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Morrissey) Matt Walker worked on his own music, writing in hotel rooms, on airplanes, behind stages, even on ferries. In early 2005 Matt approached vocalist, and fellow Chicagoan, JT McCluskey to help bring a few of his songs to completion. JT's vocals immediately brought a raw energy and new melodic scope to the songs, and the two soon recognized they had a powerful, creative chemistry. They began to collaborate on more songs, and named their project The Most Dangerous Race (theMDR).
In October 2005, theMDR spent a week at I.V.Lab studios in Chicago recording with studio owner / engineer Manny Sanchez. Matt also called in some musical favors from close friends Scott Bennett, Jonny Polonsky, Solomon Snyder, and Jim Dinou. A few months later, just as the recordings were reaching completion, Matt took the opportunity to join Morrissey's band and embarked on a year long world tour. At this point, theMDR went virtual, with more writing and recording on the road, and sending song files back and forth on the internet. But the path for theMDR became even more clear as the year came to a close. While on the road, Matt catalogued all of his demos, which came to a startling count of 130 compositions. So theMDR crashed into 2007 with a new plan. They would begin finishing the demos in groups of 6 songs and self-release them as a series of EPs, the only time-line being the speed in which each EP could be completed. EP1, Inventing Shadows, was released in March 2007, and EP2, Metallic Tongue, was released in September 2007.
theMDR is: JT McCluskey (vocals), Matt Walker (guitar, keyboards, programming, drums), Steve Gerlach (guitar, vocals), and Larry Schroeder (bass).