Burly and Big: Mystery Ship's Wall of Sound
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM
(Blue Moon Tavern) Mystery Ship sound perfectly ripe for a Sub Pop contract—if this were 1989. Recording with the masterly Jack Endino, Dave Hillis, and Gordon Raphael (budgets!), the Seattle quartet plays a burly brand of Northwest hard rock that occasionally flares into psychedelic configurations or slouches into bluesy postures. Their music’s usually better when it veers toward the former style. The more convoluted the rhythms get and the noisier and more distorted the guitars become, the better Mystery Ship sound. They’re best when bruising your ears a Deeper shade of Purple and giving you Machine Head or zooming out into the great Captain Beyond. With Candy's River House and Black Wolf Men's Club.