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MUGSTAR

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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MUGSTAR was founded in Liverpool around 1996 under a different name by Steve Ashton (drums), Adrian Shaw (guitar) and Martin Ward (bass), replaced in 1997 by Chris Stevens. Later joined by Neil Murphy (guitar) this was the first gigging line-up. Pete Smyth (guitar) substituted Adrian Shaw and now the band was stable until 2000 when bass player Jason Stoll came in for Chris Stevens. The name MUGSTAR was not put into effect until 2003.

Several singles, split recordings and two regular albums were produced during the recent years. The eponymous debut was digitally released at the end of 2006 on Sea Records and the vinyl version on Critical MASS Records one year later.

Their current effort '... Sun, Broken ...' (2010) is offered by US label Important Records. Musically the band hover between heavy psych, post and krautrock. Swelling walls of guitars backed by hypnotic rhythms are educing a stirring tension-filled mood. You will detect diverse influences from Acid Mothers Temple, NEU!, Hawkwind, Sonic Youth to name a few.

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  • ATP Liverpool: Curated by Forest Swords on 24 Oct 2014
  • Scratch&Snuffest on 31 Oct 2014
  • Mugstar + Moonward + U-Boat + more at Jeugdhuis SOJO, Kessel-Lo on 1 Nov 2014
  • Roadburn Festival 2015 on 9 Apr 2015

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2.67 | 3 ratings
Mugstar
2006
3.09 | 7 ratings
... Sun, Broken ...
2010
3.05 | 3 ratings
Lime
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Axis
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Centralia
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ad Marginem
2012

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Spotlight Over Memphis
2003
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Dark Matter
2004
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Flavin Hot Rod / Man With Supersight
2004
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My Baby Skull Has Not Yet Flowered
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Bethany Heart Star
2007

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 ... Sun, Broken ... by MUGSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.09 | 7 ratings

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... Sun, Broken ...
Mugstar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars Second full-length for Mugstar, 4 years after the impressive debut and followed-up by another 2010 release 'Lime'. I don't know the reasons behind the release of two under-40 minutes CDs in one year but I can't shake the impression that one 60 minute CD with the best bits would have been a more convincing option.

Anyway, we kick off strongly with 'Technical Knowledge' and 'Ouroboros', two tracks displaying all of this band's chops: early Hawkwind space-rock, entrancing drumming straight from Neu!, sound collagues like Can, and all of that delivered with the punk-noise guts of Sonic Youth. The short 'Labrador Hatchet' is rather plain but offers some calm before the next sonic kraut storm of 'Today is the Wrong Shape', the only track to contain some vocals. Another short droning interlude precedes the 13 minute closer 'Furklausundbo', a nice upbeat tribute to Neu!'s 'Halogalo', I don't get any 'wow' experience from it though.

Overall a good album for fans of Neu!, be it rather short and playing it a bit too safe.

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 Lime by MUGSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Mugstar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars 'Lime' is Mugstar's third album and can be reviewed along the same lines of its 2010 companion 'Sun Broken'. The album is fairly short and contains some less engaging parts that would have better been left out in order to compile one very strong album instead of 2 'OK' ones.

The opening 'Sunburnt Impedance Machine' is one of the best pieces here, offering a bluesy - almost Stoner - trip back to the great days of space-rocking Hawkwind of 1972. There's some punk energy added into it and it makes for a very dynamic and varied track, despite the insistent static trance beat of the drums. 'Serra' is more laid-back and less interesting, containing far too few ideas to go on for 13 minutes. Flash forward to 'Radar King' that picks up where the opening track left. This also reminds me of early Monster Magnet, having the same rough 'Stooges meets Hawkind meets punk-noise' vibe, be it instrumental here. 'Beyond the Sun' is more relaxed again, and better then 'Serra', although I find this band to be in better shape if they fully rock out.

Another good album from Mugstar, but not essential outside the space-rock-punk-kraut fanclub.

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 ... Sun, Broken ... by MUGSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.09 | 7 ratings

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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Warning ... this is an album which should not be checked out on the fly ... you seriously have to prepare for it. To warn you is the only reason I wrote this in the end ... hahahaha ... so, you may suspect, it brutaly hit me too. Seriously, '... Sun, Broken ...' is MUGSTAR's second effort and they offer a dramatic heavy psych, space and krautrock brew-up which is hard to cope with. In the meanwhile I'm quite sure the songs are well thought out and not played out of the blue - even if one might think so first.

It all starts with the dynamic Technical Knowledge As A Weapon which indeed has an industrial tech touch. The strong mantra-like behaviour, you'll find all over by the way, points to obvious krautrock influences. The aggressive Ouroboros next is dangerous as no other. The first time I thought about a seatbelt for my music chair, just because otherwise this would blow me away sooner or later ... even though it slips into a groovier cosmic orbit in between for some time. Anyway - afterwards Labrador Hatchet provides a short timeframe in order to recover, at least for to refit hair and bones. A floating piece of work coupled with weird creepy and chirping synths, cinematic in some way, showing another sort of dramaturgy and definitely suitable for sci-fi or scary movies - irresistible!

On Today Is The Wrong Shape Pete Smyth and Neil Murphy build up walls of guitars in the vein of Subarachnoid Space and Furklausundbo is a space groover where Steve Ashton's stoic drum playing is remarkable, once more stylistically referring to bands like Can or Neu!. And coming towards the end they officially confirm that the circle never ends - which means the same alerting pulsative synths, which have already opened the album, appear again. And this makes it clear at the latest that repetitve motifs are an important trademark.

So maybe you can say on '... Sun, Broken ...' MUGSTAR are blending the heaviness of Hawkwind, the fury of punk bands and the repetitiveness of White Hills - successful as it is. This is surely dedicated to fans of edgy psych/space prog music and especially of bands like Oneida, The Vocokesh, F/I, Escapade, to name but a few - this clientele can grasp here without thinking too much - 3.5 stars.

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