Having so effectively channeled an aesthetic which fits comfortably between Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division, and despite the relative youth of its members, Mister Loveless resonates strongly with the generation who came up during the 70's and 80's.
the band Mister Loveless, from left: Charlie Koliha (bass), Rob Miller (lead vocals, guitar), Nick Clark (drums), Sean Gaffney (guitar, backup vocals)
The concept for Three Words emerged in 2008, when the band sat down with an album's worth of material and determined that there was not enough cohesiveness between songs. The decision was made to split the material between two EP's, the track titles being two or three words long, it followed that they release a Two Words EP, and later a Three Words EP.
Between Two Words and Three Words they came out with In Wonder (2009), and began writing more and more with Three Words in mind. This EP accomplished the flowing arc of song-into-song transitions they had felt so at a loss for in 2008, and successfully stands alone as a sort of 27-minute epic.
While mature, restrained, and contemplative, Mister Loveless tends to break into moments of hopeful optimism. Consistently, their songs conform to a more developed and transient structure than the typical verse-chorus-verse model. This allows for lengthy tracks which span a broad spectrum of emotions, dynamics, and poetry.
Mister Loveless accomplishes far more than expected from your garden variety local group. Their music has a way of infecting, and slowly carving a place out in your heart where sits a new favorite band.
Check out the opening track of Three Words, entitled - The Old Pain
photos by Charlie Koliha, written by Roisin Isner, music editor, roisin at fecal face dot com
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