By Mackenzie Viera |Staff Writer|
Since the outbreak of social networking and user friendly blogs, the Internet has made it more than possible for hidden talent to be revealed. Whether its retweeted, reposted, “liked,” or passed on from region to region, it’s going to be discovered. This is exactly what has happened to viral sensation MS MR.
On September 17, the Tumblr legions discovered Brooklyn-based duo MS MR when they released their long awaited four-track EP, Candy Bar Creep Show. Indie and Pop fans are in for a treat this season as they will notice the sounds of MS MR are similar to those of Florence and the Machine and Oh Land.
The indie-pop New Yorkers have released songs one by one on Mondays, making their music accessible to download and listen to while keeping their identity a mystery until their first appearance on tour with Marina and the Diamonds. With that their fans have built up anticipation and excitement for the final release date.
You’re probably hesitating on whether to call them M-S-M-R or just “the band with no face that sings ‘Hurricane.'” Well, question yourself no further, it’s actually pronounced “Miss & Mister.”
Shortly after the release of their hit “Hurricane,” Lizzy Plapinger (Miss) and Max Hershenow (Mister) were signed to Sony with plans of releasing a full album in 2013.
MS MR described Tumblr as, “…An incredible source of inspiration and support,” that lead them into pre-releasing tracks on their page. It is without a doubt that MS MR care about their fans enough to show gratuity by giving back music and the opportunity for fans to be featured in their upcoming album.
As an added bonus, listeners can create their own mix of any track from CBCR to submit and the pair of musicians will choose one that will be featured in their new album. “We’re free to present each song in a larger mixed media context, giving each song the opportunity to have its own identity and room to breathe and grow,” said the band.
Their newest EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, has received over 8,000 user notes on Tumblr within a month.
At the start of CBCR is the dark and eerie track “Bones” that haunts listeners and lures them into the feeling of running and hiding in a graveyard full of zombies. The following song on the album is the pre-released best known “Hurricane.” Giving you a quick break from the boneyard, this track starts of as a mellow tempo leading to an excursion into the 80’s with dark vocals, drums and echoes taking us to the inner workings of Plapinger’s mind. This track can be considered similar to Lana Del Rey or Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan.
CBCR concludes with tracks “Dark Doo Wop,” and “Ash Tree Lane,” songs that don’t reach the height of the spooky style it acquainted us with in the beginning. “Dark Doo Wop,” for example, sounds like the snooze button interrupting an awesome nightmare. In spite of the two last tracks, Candy Bar Creep Show has placed MS MR firmly in the spotlight of bands to look out for.
Recommended tracks: “Bones,” “Hurricane”
Candy Bar Creep Show is now available on iTunes.