Apparently a lot can happen in one year. If ‘This Is What Your Mind Imagines’ – the solid 2013 debut from Georgia-based punks Muuy Biien – was Black Flag and Fugazi, ‘D.Y.I. (Do Yourself In)’ is more Joy Division and Pissed Jeans.
The band clearly discovered hooks over the past 12 months and learned to raise the vocals up a bit more in the final mix. That’s not to say you’re going to hear anyone from American Idol crooning along to a song like “Virus Evolves” or “Dust” next season, but the band has morphed into stronger musicians with much more focused songs.
The anger that drew so many into their debut is still there, it’s just a little more controlled this time around. As a result, the record is that much more impressive. Songs like “She Bursts (Reprise)” and the expansive tracks “Cyclothymia II” and “Cyclothymia III,” both of which sound nothing like the songs off of the debut, perfectly capture a young band shedding some of the baby fat.