A "Hideously Sexy" postIn my inbox a couple of days ago, I found something new from a band called Mary Shelley Overdrive. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a sucker for an interesting band name. If I can judge books by their covers, why not judge bands by their names, right?
I haven’t heard of MSO before, but I figured they were worth a look. Particularly since they were offering up a free download of their new EP Hideous Sexy. I jumped over to their MySpace page, which tells me nothing about the band other than they are from South Carolina and are readying their first full-length album for release this summer. On Halloween last year MSO released their debut EP Shock Theatre. In the interim, the band has evolved from an industrial-type of sound to a sort of psycho-billy/industrial/post-punk kinda thing. Whatever it is they calls it, I likes it.
The most recent disk, as I mentioned, is Hideous Sexy. It was released the end of last month, and is a collection of cover songs. The band says the songs are things they were fooling around with while they work on a new album of original material. The track list reaches far and wide, from a “grindhouse” version of the Batman theme song, to a version of the Vaseline’s “Molly’s Lips.”
I’ve posted a couple of the tracks I enjoyed the most: Cover versions of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love,” and Black Flag’s “Wasted.” Mary Shelley Overdrive has interesting takes on both. Vocalist/keyboardist Mark Wood tinkered a little with “Who Do You Love” in order to, the band says, “accent the sinister nature of the lyrics.”
If you like what you hear, you can get the rest of the EP from the band’s Web site. There are also a couple of original songs you can check out on the Mary Shelley Overdrive MySpace.
Who Do You Love (Bo Diddley cover).mp3
Wasted (Black Flag cover).mp3