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First Spin: Mind Spiders’ Surf-Kraut-Skate-Rock ‘Meltdown’

The Texas outfit culls an effective blend of rock elements from the past half-century for their sophomore effort

picture-18831-1332525985Devon Maloney // February 20, 2012

Mind Spiders made a splash with their fast, punchy, self-titled debut LP last year. On Meltdown, out tomorrow (February 21, via Dirtnap Records), the two-drummer Fort Worth, Texas-based outfit stray from their previous dedication to ADHD tempos, turning up the low-fi a half-notch and falling into a solid, head-bopping (rather than viciously banging) groove.

The record is the first to feature the entire live band, and while their first album was recorded in bits and pieces, Meltdown feels worlds more cohesive. The formula is fantastic: ’90s pop-punk’s structures (hello, Blink-182’s "Girl at the Rock Show") meets ’60s surf pop’s persistent beat (hello, the Surfaris’ "Wipeout") meets ’80s new wave and post-punk’s synths meets modern skate-punk’s ethos (think Wavves, Bass Drum of Death, and another of our recent First Spins, FIDLAR). Expect tracks like "Fall in Line" to come to an as-yet-unknown skateboarding video game near you, while the minor-tinged "Join Us Now" will fit perfectly into the next dystopia-made-cool lone-wolf thriller/action flick.