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Muuy Biien at Tidal HiFi

Blending the fiery fury of early-‘80s hardcore with the trained restraint of Krautrock and post-punk, Athens five-piece Muuy Biien has quickly and decisively plowed its way to the top of Athens’ music scene.

The young band has earned high marks from local and national press for its two impressive full-lengths, 2012’s scrappy This Is What Your Mind Imagines and 2014’s slightly more polished D.Y.I.

They continue to win converts in Athens and elsewhere with their fierce live shows, which are anchored by frontman Josh Evans’ steely stage presence and snappish vocals.


Muuy Biien and Eureka California at Flagpole

2014 was the year Eureka California made the shift from “the band that could” to “the band that did.” With little fanfare and almost zero downtown club presence, the group quietly released a true kicker of an LP, toured the UK and steadily increased its stateside audience without jockeying for the ever-shifting hometown spotlight. The simple songs onCrunch never sound simplistic, and though the band’s early work owed a certain debt to ’90s-era power-pop, it has since been paid in full.

Steadfastly bratty local rock act Muuy Biien grew up in a big way with D.Y.I. (short for “Do Yourself In”), the imposing follow-up to 2012’s This Is What Your Mind Imagines. While that debut, with its frenetic, stop-start arrangements, invoked the sweat-soaked spirits of Darby Crash and D.C. hardcore, D.Y.I. scaled back the madness without losing any energy. With the “Cyclothymia” series, frontman Josh Evans and company continue to experiment with menacing drone. Elsewhere, the band finally, fully embraces the taut, Fall-meets-Joy Division gloom-punk it has been steering toward in its live gigs for some time, incorporating vicious low-end sneer and motorik precision into already-potent guitar hellscapes. It’s been a heck of a lot of fun for Flagpole to watch Muuy Biien develop over the last few years; it’s no shock that D.Y.I. emerged as our clear consensus favorite album of 2014.


Muuy Biien at Online Athens

I’m a snob about punk music, a genre which I place into a finite definition. For many, merely having fast guitars and snide lyrics is enough to rise to the punk label — allowing bands such as Blink 182 to be considered punk when nothing could be further from the truth.

No, punk music is a churning, guitar and cymbal thrashing cavalcade of sound and noise, sometimes melodic and repetitive, fronted by singers who act as if they just rather do something else, even though they’re really great screaming into the mic. Bad Brains, Agent Orange, Dead Kennedys, Fear, Minor Threat. These are punk bands.

I love love love The Clash and Husker Du, but they are not punk bands. A punk band would never make sweeping albums like “Sandinista” or “Candy Apple Grey,” as great as those albums are. Plus Strummer and Mould cared, Jello Biafra always seemed like he didn’t care at all.

Music I call punk I hold dear, because it came of age during my restless teenage years, opening a stirring rage within. There is nothing more freeing that slamming into a group of people who share this rage but are human enough to pick you up when you fall down. I remember a Bad Brains show in 1986 at the Cameo Theatre on Miami Beach like it was yesterday — to barely survive the floor during I Against I only to slowly “reggae slam” for The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth is, at 17, discovering true happiness.

I don’t slam dance anymore, my knees disapprove and so does my temperament (what kids today will slam to has me shaking my head), but every time I see Muuy Biien, I’m 17 again. I force myself away from the stage, because I want to throw down. The band makes it difficult for me to obey my own common sense.

I listened to D.Y.I., Muuy Biien’s latest release on Happy Happy Birthday To Me records, and it is a packed potion of punk power (sorry for the p’s). Infused with an insatiable edge from singer/songwriter Joshua Evans, D.Y.I. is nostalgic and inventive, honoring venerable bass lines while roaming through a modern landscape of musical chaos.

To understand the range and verve, all one must do is listen to the first three tracks. The instrumental Cyclothymia I, unexpected with a dreamy sharpness, slides into a drum kick and racing bass line for Human Error. When Evans utters his first words the song tears into new territory — his cadence and ability to filter above and around the sterling din behind him is a treat. With White Ego, all funky-edgy bass line and squawking guitars, Muuy Biien is at its apex. Evans sings, in a controlled yelp, ‘Another white ego/another good gone bad/to overcompensate for what you lack,’ and you understand you’re not dealing with common lyrics.

I go through stages where certain Athens bands I won’t miss if I have the opportunity to see them, I went through this with The Whigs, A. Armada, Producto and Easter Island. Three of those bands are gone and the former tours the world. I’m not sure what will happen with Muuy Biien, but it’s my new must-see crush, and D.Y.I. makes the argument that it’s the best show in town.


Muuy Biien at Hissing Lawns

“Ya’ll mind if I take a piss in the back restroom right here while ya do this here interview? I heard in the distance from where I sat with three of the five that make up the noise-punk band Muuy Biien.

“That’s perfectly fine,” I shouted back, not wanting to throw off the zen this drunken show-goer had clearly achieved.

We were in the back of Graveface Records, which had just hosted a show featuring Anxiety JunkiesCrazy Bag Lady, and the focus of this interview: Muuy Biien, collectively of Athens, Georgia.

When I stepped into the venue earlier, I heard a voice shouting from the stage.

“Can I get into it?”

The band shouted, “Yeah!

“Can I get into it?”

This time the crowd answered, too, “Yeah!

The singer made the call one more time, and then the room exploded. The crowd seemed to suddenly lose its equilibrium and the band was soaking it up and throwing it right back.

It was a reference to James Brown, what the frontman, Joshua Evans, shouted before the song started. I recognized it and asked him about it later, and to my excitement he said that the father of funk was a big inspiration.

Josh and Jacob Lake (percussionist) were busy running the merch table after the show, but the rest of the band (Xandar Witt and Robbie Rapp on guitar, and Parks Miller on bass) were able to speak for them. The gist of what I learned was that everything about this band seemed to be a collaborative process.

hissing lawns: What was the general start of this band?

Xander: Josh started writing all of these really cool songs, like, recording them onto a four track Tascam tape recording machine, and, um, you know, he just started recruiting a band. And I wasn’t a part of his original recruiting process, but I think some bass player didn’t show up, and I said ‘Yeah, I’ll fill in,’ and here we are; we’re all writing songs together. We only met Parks about a year ago, and he kind of acts like our manager as well. He’s added so much to the band, it’s really great.

Parks: I actually joined this band… Mainly as a fan. Before that, they were playing in Atlanta a lot, and that’s where I was living, and I would go to their shows. I just fucking loved it.

hl: What inspires this band as whole?

Xander: Music-wise, or attitude-wise?

hl: That’s good, I’m going to go with attitude-wise.

Xander: Definitely neurosis.

The entire band chuckles.

Xander: You know, being kind of poor and cynical, I guess. It’s something that most anyone can relate to in some way.

hl: What’s your most recent album?

Xander: DYI. We actually recorded it a long time ago.

Robbie: We started recording it, like, August of 2012. It’s just stuff that we’ve all had a part in writing.

At this point the venue was empty and Josh wandered back so I was able to talk with him about his role in the band.

hl: I really liked the way you just lose it on stage. What got you into that method of stage performance?

Josh: Um, I don’t know, I think it had a lot to due with the fact that when we started there were a lot of bands who didn’t have people up front at all. And if they did have people up front, they were just sort of, like, stoic, and didn’t move or anything. And that’s something that’s happening more and more even with bands that are bigger now. And I feel like there’s not a lot of personality in rock and roll anymore, and that’s my way of putting something back into that. Cos if I’m not [playing] anything else up there, I might as well fucking put on a show.

hl: With talking to the rest of the band I’ve learned that the writing process is very collaborative. Sometimes they’ll write songs, and you’ll put words to them. What do you pull from when writing lyrics?

Josh: It’s mostly things that I deal with. I don’t really know what else to write about other than myself. And I think it’s how I document where I am at that point in time, and then how I move on from it.

Robbie: It’s really great, because the music isn’t set in, like, one mind, you know? We’re not a political band, we don’t have any kind of set commentary, other than just the one on ourselves. And that’s something that we can relate to even as the band. And in that way, we don’t have a problem with what he’s saying reflecting back on us, because it’s projected from us too.


Muuy Biien at Shiny Grey Monotone

Somewhere along the line, Muuy Biien traded in their Black Flag records for Wire records, and consequently their sound has more of a post punk jitter to it than the slashing hardcore aggression of the older records.
It actually harkens back to the San Diego bands circa 1998 or so, after thespazzy grindcore noise had been superseded by arty, asymmetrical riffs and all black everything. Which I guess is “old school” to someone of a certain age, and maybe that style is making a comeback? The title track even flirts with some later period Dead And Gone, when they too ratcheted up theirdarkened post hardcore noise with some Christian Death spookiness. I could support a renaissance of that sound. I’m in.
The band has released a few instrumental droning ambient type records, and occasionally employ those sounds as folly to the more rocking numbers, but it’s nothing to get too worried about. Merely a sorbet palate cleanser prior to the scallops course.
I wasn’t expecting this sound from this band, but it’s really not any wild deviation in evolution really, and after a few listens (Without Prejudice vol. 1 – George Michael) I could appreciate it on it’s on merits. There are some really strong songs on here, the urgency and intensity is still there, just now it’s dipped in India Ink and sneers rather than spits on you.


Muuy Biien at Razorcake

If you can weather the ambient intros on both sides of the record then you’re in for some spastic dance punk with noisy guitar accidentals, chunky bass lines, and bestial howls galore. This is a difficult sound to leash, but Muuy Biien has lassoed it like a wild animal tamer. You can almost taste the salty sweat dripping off your brow from the inevitable nonstop pogoing while these dudes thrash out some tasty tunes with “fuck all” attitude. D.Y.I. (do yourself in) got me undulating in my rickety desk chair. Recommended for the secret freak in you.


Muuy Biien at In Transit Records

Among many fairly interchangeable indie rock/garage bands in Athens, Georgia, Muuy Biien stands alone and bares their teeth at an otherwise complacent scene. From solo noise project to punk band, Muuy Biien has found the right amount of rope to hang themselves exactly the way they want to with their latest album, D.Y.I (Do Yourself In). What differentiates Muuy Biien from every other frenetic noise band is the obvious method to their madness, their controlled chaos, and specific instrumentation. From start to finish, D.Y.I is an intentional journey back to true punk and hardcore roots. Taking time to slow down with tracks such as Cyclothymia I and II, these songs are perfectly punctuated ambient commas on the otherwise “in your face,” but passive aggressively so, record, letting the listener know where to take a break and catch his or her breath before a song like “Virus Evolves” pops up and commands you to jump back in the pit.


Muuy Biien at agoodthingeachday

In-yer-face punk rock from Muuy Biien is the order of the day today.

Today’s #onegoodthing is their album D.Y.I., which came out earlier this year and is a blistering collection of raw, hard-edged songs that are broken up by a trio of tracks –Cyclothymia I, II and III – that hint at something more prosaic behind the rip-roaring likes of Melters and Virus Evolves.

Imagine if Hookworms leaned more towards punk than their excellent psych-influenced sound and you’d be approaching what Muuy Biien could bring to your life.


Muuy Biien at 45 Revolutions

my thoughts: the 1st track was sooo boreng just some noise but 1ce its over i find out im dealin with rockinrollers on this1.. not my first time with rockenrollers sence i did a nice remix of a foregner song. most songs hes shoutin and stuff mayb their punk rockinrollers? idk hard 2 tell anyway um good energy and stuff but the sound seems a litle bit weird. even tho the words where so hard to here muy bein was kind enugh to post lyrics

most badass lyric: umm the lyrics were all kinda weird and didnt make scents but this1 was cool—- from frigid: you’re in my crosshairs too…kinda badass like ur gonna shoot some1 i guess

funniest lyric:

she bursts
like a landscape
when she burns
it’s embarrassing

that was prety funy im amagining a a fatso burstin open at a party or some shit

dopest beat: they sounded all kinda the same exept the cyclomania ones ima gonna go with DIY sence it was the last song i herd that wasnt cyclyomania

rate songs 1-10 stars: 3 good for rockinroll songs but not the best if rockenroll is ur fav

rate cover art 1-10: mayb i think like 2 stars…cover art was a bit desterbing mayb the muy biuns were sad when they recorded most of these songs. hopefuly they wont rlly die and just keep practisen. their not thaaat bad.

overal 1-10 stars: 3 out off 10.. heres the deal if u like rock stuff mayb wait for muyy binns newer album mayb come back with a polished sound new micraphones and stuff. just dont downlode cyclominia 1-3 unless your into wierd noise that lasts 4 hours.


Athens Intensified at With Guitars

September 11, 12, 13, & 20

The 2014 Athens Intensified will take place September 11, 12, 13, & 20 in beautiful downtown Athens, Georgia. Now in its third year, the festival is undertaking its most ambitious lineup yet. It has expanded from two nights in a single venue to four nights across two weekends in five venues. This year’s headliners are Atlanta’s forceful and poignant rapper Killer Mike (9/12), New York’s dreamy and quirky Cibo Matto (9/13) and LA’s legendary MC, DJ and producer The Egyptian Lover (9/20).
Saturday afternoon (9/13), we’ll be closing down a block of downtown Athens in front of the world famous 40 Watt Club for our inaugural skateboard exhibition and competition. This portion of Athens Intensified is free to attend for everyone and is coordinated withGet Rad Skate Shop of Athens as well as other regional skate shops.

The overarching booking principle of Athens Intensified is that the organizers must be actual fans of the bands/artists presented. This keeps us rooted in what we do and rooting for the artists themselves. To this end, the undercard of Athens Intensified is filled with artists spanning the genres of EDM, garage rock, dream pop, roots country, hip-hop, punk, hardcore and more. The way we describe it is “wide in scope but narrow in focus.” That is, we are fans of a broad spectrum of sounds but quite specific in our enthusiasm. We think this year’s lineup is pretty spectacular.

Notable acts performing this year are Faster Circuits (Cloud Recordings) — the brainchild of Derek Almstead (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), Frost The Wave God(Orlando, FL),  Babes (New Orleans), Dola (Jacksonville, FL), What Moon Things (New Paltz, NY) and Genders (Portland, OR). Additionally, we are super proud to present Blue Blood, T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks (who will be just off a tour with Deer Tick),MothersMagicicada (Atlanta, GA), Shanti Shanti (Atlanta, GA), Muuy BiienEureka CaliforniaTunabunnyDeep StateBows and ArrowsThe Powder RoomShoal Creek Stranglers, WesdaRulerMatt Hudgins and many more. Over fifty artists will play this year’s event. Please see for more information.