Mindless Self Indulgence – “How I Learned to Stop Giving a Sh*t and Love MSI” Album Review
Overall, this is definitely the kind of album that Mindless Self Indulgence fans have been desperately waiting for.
“Son of a b*tch/ God likes me” is what Mindless Self Indulgence vocalist Jimmy Urine cries at the start of “Witness”, proving that the electronic rock outfit from New York City/ Los Angeles haven’t lost their edge. The new album, entitled How I Learned To Not Give A Sh*t And Love Mindless Self Indulgence is their first official release since 2008’s If. Five years is a long time, especially for a band like MSI that is used to constantly releasing studio albums, eps and remix albums (although the band did release the <3 EP back in 2010 and the Tight re-release a year later).
Now, I don’t wanna consider this a “meat and potatoes” album unless said meat and potatoes were completely covered in acid and served under seizure inducing lights. In all seriousness, the new album from Mindless Self Indulgence is a great return for a band that pretty much gave the finger and blazed their own grassroots path since 1997 (or 1995 for some of you smarty pants out there). If you thought that getting older, having kids and getting married would somehow convert the band into writing songs about mortgages and Rogaine, you’re sadly mistaken. “I Want To Be Black” finds Jimmy pleading to be, you guessed it, black. The song, which is reminiscent to Frankenstein Girls-era MSI, has Jimmy spitting lines like “I wanna be black like MLK/ I wanna be black like Morgan Freeman” over his own falsetto likeness. “Hey Tomorrow, F*ck You and Your Friend Yesterday” sports an arena ready chorus along with a line that pretty much sums up everything about Mindless Self Indulgence (“You’re only young once but you can be immature forever”).
Mark Trezona used his hard earned cash (over $5,000 to be exact) on the album’s Kickstarter to have his name featured in one of MSI’s songs. “You’re No Fun Anymore, Mark Trezona” describes a person (hopefully not Mark) that isn’t considered fun due to his exiting from drinking, partying and sex. “Ala Mode” is a straight up banger which finds Jimmy expressing his love for ice cream with a call and response bridge. “Kill You All In A Hip Hop Rage” gives a big middle finger towards today’s rap scene with biting lyrics like “If Biggie and Tupac was alive today/ they would kill you all in a hip hop rage”.
A couple of tunes on the record are a little disappointing, though. “Casio” is one of the blandest tracks that has ever come from MSI. I’m not sure if Jimmy is looking to become Casio’s new spokesman with flat lyrics like “Let me check my calculator watch / All you need to know is C-A-S-I-O” but I wouldn’t be surprised if I turned on the TV one day and saw him promoting their new keyboards. “Stalkers (Slit My Wrists)”, with its strangely dark tone, is another tune that could have been much better but will easily be forgotten.
Overall, this is definitely the kind of album that Mindless Self Indulgence fans have been desperately waiting for. While Jimmy likes to cry out “It doesn’t get better/ It gets worse” during the track “It Gets Worse”, you obviously cannot say the same about the band’s musical progression over the years.