Inhumanistic is the third LP by Mark Ryan’s Mind Spiders, and it’s the one that I think sounds the most like what you would expect from the former Marked Men leader. It’s still punk rock, with a tinge of power-pop tossed in for good measure, and it includes a dark bent on both the world and music.
After a brief prelude track, Mind Spiders blast off doing what they do best on “Inside You, utilizing driving guitars and speedy drumming to build towards the release of tension, which always comes with a bit of pop enthusiasm. Then you’re thrust into “Suicide,” which, despite its lyrical content, is probably one of my favorite tracks on the record. The chugging guitars are accompanied by a synthesizer, and although there’s a dark tint, it serves the song well, allowing for the inherent hook in the chorus to shine perfectly.
What I didn’t expect from Inhumanistic was a gem like “City Stuff.” It’s a track that surely was formed on an acoustic guitar, leaving a wonderfully hidden melody. But, instead of going with the easy acoustic ballad, the melody’s been replaced by synth work, using the guitar only to enhance to song where necessary. It goes right back into the rock n roll with “Electric Things,” though at this point in the record things start to become formulaic for the group. Now, this doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it; I like every track on here individually, but as a whole piece, there’s only two instances when things don’t go as expected. I mentioned one above, and the other comes in the sonically haunting “I Want You.” Again, this is a song that’s relaxed in essence, though the accents try their best to make more out of it. And it all leads up to the record’s pinnacle single.
As long as I’ve been following Mind Spiders, I’ve loved their ability to edgy riffs with catchy hooks, and no track to date has done such an exceptional job as “Make Make Make Make.” This song is a fast paced jam from the get-go, with the chorus providing the ultimate emotional release. This track was built for maximum crowd participation in the live setting, and even at home, you’ll have a hard time not screaming “make make make make” as you’re mopping the kitchen floors.
In the end, Inhumanistic is another solid release from Mind Spiders, but there were a few things that changed the easy 4.5 stars to 3.5. After three records, you notice some shifts in the band’s overall sound, but this record seems to be really predictable in some areas. Those areas that aren’t are incredible, and appreciated, but I’m wondering if I’m ultimately going to get worn down songs that seem too similar. For now, the answer is no; I love the songs here, just looking for a little more variety. Perhaps next go round.
Download: Mind Spiders – Make Make Make Make [MP3]