The history of Mudorcs is a long one. Back in 2002 Brenin Edmunds and Joe Nantais started making music and after less than half a year the band started on their first album entitled Mr. Postman, which was a comedy-alternative album. On their second release Immortal they ditched the comedic aspect and went with a more traditional approach.
Eventually, Nantais left to pursue a side project and Ryan Boc ended up filling the void. It wasn’t much later that Boc left to pursue other musical endeavors as well. That was ten years ago.
Mudorcs is currently the solo effort for Edmunds and he recently released some of those songs in what he calls a demo style album entitled Anthems for the Damned. The music is a mix between alternative, punk and rock. There are some decent ideas spread throughout the three songs I listened to. Some of it pans out and some of it still needs a little gloss.
“Point Of View” was the highlight for me. I enjoyed the disparate vocal styles and I thought the melodies were memorable and infectious. Edmunds sometimes sounds like an indignant punk when he sings, which is juxtaposed by an almost doo-wop style vocal that comes right after it.
The music on “Going To Hell” is sometimes indicative of the title, which contains descending guitar riffs that feel like an inescapable path into dread and anxiety. Despite the music the lyrics are a bit hopeful when he sings, “I’m not going to give into this.” He closes with “Wrong Idea” which is the toughest sounding track of the three. I enjoyed the sludgy metal vibe but thought the vocals could have benefited from better post-production.
I’m not sure what the future plans are for Edmunds but Anthems for the Damned feels like it not completely done. My thoughts are that he is releasing more songs since he considers this a demo. Either way people may have a hard time finding this EP because Filter came out with a successful album with the same exact title.
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