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  • Artist(s): Brendan Canty, Anthony Pirog, Joe Lally
  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the trio that includes Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Joe Lally as well as Anthony Pirog.
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  1. Apr 16, 2018
    In short, the Messthetics are not Fugazi, but they are a bold, bracing, fearless band from Washington, D.C. playing music that challenges and dazzles, and that's more than enough reason to make their debut album worth your time.
  2. Apr 16, 2018
    You may not need to be a Fugazi fan to appreciate Messthetics, though anyone can draw lines from the fiery complexities of Instrument to these explosive compositions. The nervy aggression of post-punk joins with jazz-rock’s virtuosity here, and it’s good stuff all the way through.
  3. Apr 16, 2018
    The Messthetics is a carefree, low-stakes endeavour for its participants; recorded live off the floor in Canty’s practice room, the album captures two old pals communing with a new one, exploring the potential of their developing dynamic and sculpting ideas into song-like shapes.
  4. The Wire
    Jul 12, 2018
    Most of what they play live here is more serene and thoughtful. Not that Pirog is incapable of letting the sparks fly, particularly on “The Inner Ocean” where he opens up with an electric guitar stormer worthy of Sonny Sharrock. “Crowds And Power” perhaps references Fugazi’s glory days. “The Weaver” subtly winds the album down with Pirog on acoustic guitar and an unexpected flurry of orchestral strings. [May 2018, p.60]
  5. Apr 16, 2018
    Despite their proficiency, the Messthetics' individual talents don't entirely gel as an ensemble yet. Their debut is flashy, but it won't bring them out of the shadow of Canty and Lally's more famous projects.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2018
    The Messthetics is a short set, long on detail. [Jun 2018, p.94]
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