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Post-genre power trio mssv was formed early in 2019 when guitarist Mike Baggetta joined up with bassist Mike Watt (MINUTEMEN, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, David Lynch) to tour on his Wall of Flowers album (BIG EGO Records, featuring Watt and drumming legend Jim Keltner). After a hugely successful US tour performing music that ran the gamut from original electro-free-jazz improvisations, driving new-rock anthems and covers of The Stooges and more from Watt’s first punk rock opera “Contemplating the Engine Room”, mssv has proved a fearless band.
Featuring live electronic processing by both Baggetta and Hodges, as well as Watt’s relentlessly driving bass and vocals, mssv has been able to not only show what it means to be a band in the modern post-genre landscape, but is well on their way to defining it.
mssv released their new album Live Flowers December 1st on Striped Light Records (Knoxville, TN) featuring music by Baggetta, Watt, David Lynch and The Stooges and features a special guest appearance from guitarist J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
“The chemistry is palpable, the vibe is loose, and the songs are all worlds unto themselves.”
“…vintage twang in service of Americana-meets exploratory Jazz-psych…”
“Mike Baggetta is a genre-blurring guitar hero…at the forefront of an army of guitar innovators”
-Brad Cohan, JazzTimes
“A true supergroup power trio, ala a modern day Cream”
“Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music … he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty.” -Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“…a kind of post-Frisellian sonic explorer … with his wild whammy-bar articulations, ambient looping and rippling arpeggios … full of subversive surprises, hellacious skronking, string-scraping and a general hornets’ nest of fuzz-toned dissonance” -Bill Milkowski, DownBeat Magazine / Slate Magazine
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