Fame, sex, ice cream, masturbation, and bad hip hop are all present here, so that must mean it is time for a new Mindless Self Indulgence album. That’s right, all these things and more are being brought to you in a way that only Mindless Self Indulgence can deliver. On May 14th, MSI released their new album entitled, “How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence.” The album is MSI’s fifth studio album and their first album in 5 years, and if you know how rabid their fans are, then you know that that is a long time to wait. But MSI believes in doing things on their own terms, which is why most of their albums are licensed to record labels in order to retain ownership of their music. It is also why they launched a Kickstarter campaign in October of 2012 to fund the recording of the new album.
Essentially holding the album hostage, MSI stated on their Kickstarter page, “Listen carefully dear fans, we have your new Mindless Self Indulgence record, it is unharmed for now. If you ever want to hear it, this kickstarter page must reach $150,000 in incentives. If we don’t reach this goal, we will never release this new MSI record ever! If you want your record delivered safely, choose an incentive in the side car and help us reach our goal. If you do, the record will be released unharmed. But remember, we are watching you closely. We will erase the record if we see any funny business. Any deviation from our instructions will result in you never hearing this record ever!” With $225,000 in incentives, the campaign surpassed it’s goal by almost 150% and became the second highest grossing music Kickstarter. With the album fully funded and complete, MSI is now ready for everyone to hear their latest opus.
Mindless Self Indulgence doesn’t waste any time in kicking things off with their new album. The first track Witness, opens with frontman Jimmy Urine screaming “I am the best, fuck everybody else.” This is a grand statement indeed, but it isn’t something any MSI fan would find all too shocking or uncommon coming from the band. The track is fast paced with heavy guitars and and a quick beat that puts the album in high gear from the start. Just don’t expect the album to let up anywhere after this track because it doesn’t, it sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Mindless Self Indulgence’s “It Gets Worse”
MSI has never been politically correct, and with titles like Fuck Machine, Hey Tomorrow Fuck You And Your Friend Yesterday, and I Want To Be Black , it isn’t going to change this time around either, and we wouldn’t want them to. All three of these tracks are full of the brash lyrics you have come to expect from MSI, from reminiscing about the younger drunken days, to having sex, and to being fed up with your own race and wanting to be black, their is something for everyone. All three are solid tracks that maintain the frantic pace set from the beginning, but it is the tracks, It Gets Worse, You’re No Fun Anymore, Kill You All In A Hip Hop Rage, and Ass Backwards that give this album it’s gold stars. All of these tracks contain that perfect zesty blend of hip hop, punk, rock, and electronic that has catapulted MSI to a cult status amongst their fans.
You’re No Fun Anymore could easily be a radio single minus some edits for swearing. This track contains all the elements for a hit, it has a catchy chorus, easily discernable lyrics, and a beat that you can dance to. Although the same could be said for It Gets Worse. This is a much faster track but still holds all of the same key elements for success and may very well be the best track on the album.
Mindless Self Indulgence’s “Kill You All In a Hip Hop Rage”
Kill You All In A Hip Hop Rage is a highly entertaining track that combines the albums electronic elements with some heavy guitars and a hip hop beat to create a hip hop song like only MSI could do it. Some people may not find the track funny as it does take jabs at modern day hip hop and the decline of the quality of the music. Within the track are nods to Tupac, Biggie, Old Dirty Bastard, and Eazy-E, as Jimmy Urine shouts, “Remember back in the day, when rap was’t shit, and every MC was fuckin’ legit. If Eazy-E was alive today, he would kill you all in a hip hop rage.” Whether you are a hip hop fan or not, you can’t help but to find the humor in this song.
The final track on the album is The Logical Song, a cover of Supertramp’s hit single from their 1979 album, “Breakfast in America.” This track is exclusive to the version of the album being released through Metropolis Records. The track itself sounds like MSI while still remaining faithful to the original. As Jimmy Urine states in the press release, “It’s a dark f*cking song for a 70s prog rock group. I didn’t really f*ck f*ck f*ck it up like I usually do because it’s kind of a weird song to begin with.”
While The Logical Song is exclusive to the Metropolis Records version of the album, there are 3 other versions of the album as well. If you were one of the many who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, then not only did you get the album early, but you also got bonus tracks. The tracks, I Am Not Here To Make Any Friends, The Last Gay Song, and Angel were exclusive to the Kickstarter digital deluxe version and Sex for Homework, was exclusive to the Kickstarter digipack CD. The fourth version of the album is a tour only version and includes the track, Seven Minutes In Heaven.
“How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence” is one of MSI’s most hyperactive, erratic, rowdy, and polished album’s to date. Jimmy Urine and the band have come a long way in terms of quality in their songwriting, structure, and production. MSI created a unique sound from the beginning, stayed true to that sound, but polished and refined it along the way, creating a force to be reckoned with.
Written By Tim Lawler
OurVinyl | Contributor