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Cash N Burn

by Detroit Mutant Radio

A new blend of rock and rap.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Rock 'n roll is not religion: devotion alone is not enough. But fuse fearsome dedication to the craft with six diversely talented souls, a mind-boggling work-ethic and a positive mission, and you're facing an unstoppable force. Welcome to Mutant Radio, an LA via Detroit rock-rap hybrid, whose tasty tunes, stylistic diversity and frenetic live show are paying dividends with a hard-to-ignore street buzz.

Originally formed as a backing band for a rap duo featuring now-frontman Cleaven R. Creech, Mutant Radio crystallized into its current format after re-locating to Los Angeles in mid-2003.

"We're inspired by bands that always try to push it forward," explains the engaging Creech. "The Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Sublime ... what Linkin Park's doin'. But, personally, it goes back to Run DMC's [1985] King Of Rock album - basically takin' the rap, the metal, with that vibe right there."

Creech, who started rhyming at age ten, remains deeply influenced by the sound and message of old school rap: "Chuck D, Run, Big Daddy Kane, even Young MC - rappers who've got an awareness about themselves, socially correct ... who care more about the world as humanity. But I wanted to stop just rapping and get into a band, because it's a whole other feeling that you get with other musicians in the live situation - the energy, the camaraderie."

Creech channels an authentic, organic cocktail of black and white culture, urban groove and rock rawness. "My mother being white and my father being black. Living in an all black neighborhood, with a single white mom raising me to be strong, but at the same time always preaching positivity and giving me a good spiritual sense - being able to see people for who they are: no color, just the good in everybody."

Although they only started gigging as Mutant Radio in late 2004, public demand soon dictated that the band throw down their debut album, and so it was that Cash N Burn came together in record time. The band - who share a house and rehearse in its garage - fine-tuned their set for a week, tracked the entire album in two days with Grammy winning engineer Rafa Sardina, and then had producer Matt Forger (Michael Jackson) mix the disc in six. From conception to finished product, Cash N Burn took just 28 days.

The result is a multi-faceted record which fuses uplifting, socially-conscious lyrics with raucous rock dynamics, all kept captivating with cultured twin-guitar interplay, bustling turntables, and a muscular, in-the-pocket rhythm section.

Standout tracks include "Three Feet From Gold", inspired by the tale of a gold prospector who gives-up after years of digging, only for the next miner to hit gold just three feet away. This parable about persistence resonated with Mutant Radio's members during their early, tough weeks in LA "You get that drive, that persistence," says Creech. "And the only thing that can stop you from getting something in life is death!"

"Ghetto Rock" encapsulates Mutant Radio's collision of styles, with Creech celebrating his cross-cultural heritage. "Black boy in me, White boy in me," sings Creech. "Mixing it together - that's exactly what the music does."

"In The Air" pays homage to the values of old-school hip-hop. "I make a reference to the first tapes I ever purchased: Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Big Daddy Kane's Long Live The Kane, back in '89. Now it's more commercialized ... people are not going through the struggle, not knowing it culturally, not knowing where it comes from."

However eclectic Mutant Radio get, the heart of their songs remains constant: "It always flows around the structure of the words and what the message is," Creech stresses. "We're about awareness: knowledge is power - for lack of knowledge people perish."

Live, Mutant Radio is all about energy. "Even though there are hip-hop tones and whatever, it really is more rock." And, in front of Mutant Radio, Creech fully realizes his unique inner star, a born performer who simultaneously evokes Chuck D and Cat Stevens, Big Daddy Kane and Billy Joel.

With an arresting debut album on the streets and a snowballing live rep, Mutant Radio is set to reap the rewards of their skills and sacrifice. "I guarantee that if you come at us with an open mind you'll walk away knowing that we put 110% out there, and that it's genuine," Creech promises. D'you feel it coming?



Contact Mutant Radio:
Cleaven Creech
trevorswayne@aol.com

Websites
http://www.myspace.com/dmr
http://www.detroitmutantradio.com


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The N.O.M.A.D.S. - Omar Offendum

RESPECT D M R
Them Tom crews frontin' on Detroit ?
Now that's a Mission Impossible like Jon Voight...the album is TOOOIIIIIGGHT...on some Goldmember's pants shhh...3 feet from ? Naa...Arm's-reach son...Mutant Radio 3-2-1 ! MiC ChEcK !

One Luv D M R - we held it down at the H.O.B Sunset >

June.24th.2005

cujoroks@yahoo

digital underground is good but you guys stole the show
my wife bought cash n burn from you at the house of blues when you opened up for digital underground and ive been bumpin it in my truck,you guys ROCK!

chris lynn

i thought it would be great but it was better than that
i have not bought a cd in quite awhile, but when i heard one of the songs online i had to order it. ghetto rock, all american guy, and where will you go are my favorites i would expect t obe hearing dmr on the radio before too long they have a great sound.

Erika Maya, Kennika Productions

If you like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, you'll love DMR's CASH N BURN.
CASH N BURN is a great LP for hip-hop lovers who can still get down with the rock-n-roll crowd. Think The Red Hot Chili Peppers infused with rap vocals and DJ scratches. Best of all, they’ve got a great, positive message, which is such a turn-on. I’ve been listening to the CD on my drive into work every day this week, and I can't get enough of it. This LP is HOT and is a must have in your music collection!

Jessica Angel

The CD kicks ass but you gotta see them live!
A little over a year ago I was introduced to a virtually unknown band here in LA. They had recently moved here from Detroit, and I happened to be working in the same building as their manager. They were making their rounds, hitting all the major LA clubs, and they were really good!

I went to a few shows and in between I kept in touch with their manager, who seemed to have more amazing news about the band’s progress every week. Then, at the end of last year, public demand prompted the band to record their debut album. However, this wasn’t your typical debut album…

Mutant Radio (a unique blend of hip hop, alternative rock and rap) tracked the entire album in four days and had Producer Matt Forger (Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen) mix the disc in six. From conception to finished product, the debut album took just 28 days.

Regardless of the eclectic selection of songs on this album, the heart of the songs remain constant, marked by uplifting, socially-conscious lyrics. The dedication of these five diversely talented musicians is undeniable.

Go buy this amazing CD...it's on iTunes!

Garage Radio

Original and Addictive
Rarely do I hear a band that really excites me ... especially when that band's style stems from a hip-hop center, but after listening to Mutant Radio's Cash N Burn I've grown to respect the genre quite a bit more. This isn't your standard garden variety rap/rock group. These guys know how to rub on the funk 'n' roll, and they do it better than any band I've heard. What's more, they do it with a positive message.

Their creativity was my first attraction. Mutant Radio breaks the boundaries of genre bending with their innovative blend of groovy rock and edgy rap ... tying it all together with their own amazing brand of catchy hooks. It's really hard to pinpoint a comparison for their sound, but it lies somewhere between Incubus, Sublime, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers ... if there were a couple of black guys in the band!

All in all, Cash N Burn is an infectious CD. It offers something for everyone who really loves their music original and addictive. Mutant Radio has created a unique vibe with this album. I've been listening to it non-stop for three days straight and I'm still finding something new to love on every spin. They put it all out there (and then some) with an honest style that transcends race and genre. I believe these guys are the difference between what you've heard and what you'll be hearing from now on.

Garage Radio

Original and Addictive
Rarely do I hear a band that really excites me ... especially when that band's style stems from a hip-hop center, but after listening to Mutant Radio's Cash N Burn I've grown to respect the genre quite a bit more. This isn't your standard garden variety rap/rock group. These guys know how to rub on the funk 'n' roll, and they do it better than any band I've heard. What's more, they do it with a positive message.

Their creativity was my first attraction. Mutant Radio breaks the boundaries of genre bending with their innovative blend of groovy rock and edgy rap ... tying it all together with their own amazing brand of catchy hooks. It's really hard to pinpoint a comparison for their sound, but it lies somewhere between Incubus, Sublime, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers ... if there were a couple of black guys in the band!

All in all, Cash N Burn is an infectious CD. It offers something for everyone who really loves their music original and addictive. Mutant Radio has created a unique vibe with this album. I've been listening to it non-stop for three days straight and I'm still finding something new to love on every spin. They put it all out there (and then some) with an honest style that transcends race and genre. I believe these guys are the difference between what you've heard and what you'll be hearing from now on.

Dave Coats

remember the name Mutant Radio – this won’t be the last time you hear it.
Originally from Detroit, and now calling Los Angeles home, Mutant Radio have crafted a debut record that’s an accessible, eclectic hybrid of rock and hip hop. Said frontman Cleaven R. Creech, “…it goes back to Run DMC’s [1985] King of Rock album – basically takin’ the rap, the metal, with that vibe right there.” Opener All American Guy executes this formula well, with primarily hip-hop verses and rock choruses – though it is far more similar to Run DMC’s version of rap-rock than to the clichéd emotionalism the likes of Linkin Park. Fallen is an intriguing combination of rap, rock, and funk, and the organic instrumentation is wonderful, especially the trumpet on Normal Child and the acoustic guitar on In The Air.

Mutant Radio is socially, culturally, and politically conscious in their lyrics. Highlights include the commentary on the lingering black/white America cultural divide, Ghetto Rock (Mixed Up Past, color contrast, crazy world but you gotta love it / You can hate me and I can hate you / Neither way will solve the problem), and the scathing indictment of cultural pressure and image enhancement (Starsteria). The lyrics are well-presented by Creech, who is both convincingly authentic and charismatic. Numerous songs (Ghetto Rock, and Mystery 13 – written about the cultural impact of the OJ case) are also bound to become favorites at live shows. The intensity also varies from song to song, from verse to chorus, to the point where some songs – Three Feet From Gold – have several distinct sections and genres (hip-hop, rock, r&b, funk) within them. They’ve got a way to go to match the likes of Run DMC and Public Enemy, but remember the name Mutant Radio – this won’t be the last time you hear it.

Waleed Rashidi

One of the Best Debuts I've Heard in Months!!!
Detroit/L.A. metal-rappers MUTANT RADIO work both sides of the hyphen skillfully, making CASH N BURN one of the best debuts I've heard in months. They are locked into the same hustle everyone else is working, but a good DJ, a great vocalist and willingness to experiment makes all the difference. If you aren't tired of revolutionary rhetoric and no revolution, check 'em out online. Grade A-

Elizabeth

This Band Rocks!
Talented, reminiscent of Red Hot Chili Peppers, funky, hip-hop meets rock, Mutant Radio writes and mixes their own music. If you get a chance to see them live, DO IT!! Good times for sure.
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