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Album Review: The Mischief Kids – The Mischief Kids

Mike Mehalick April 16, 2014 Live, Reviews No Comments

The Mischief KidsI just happened to be listening to Gravediggaz’s Six Feet Under when I saw that NJ’s punk-rap-rockers The Mischief Kids had released a proper Bandcamp stream, recorded by Joe Dell’Aquila at Exeter Recordings, for their self titled LP. Although the bass/drum driven trio are a far departure from a group of unfulfilled, experimenting hip hop legends, the fury and immediacy holds true for both.

There’s not one moment of let up across these nine tracks, save for the spare audio sample, in the Rage Against The Machine style metal-groove assault. MC Ian Beattie rocks the mic, carefully unwinding his flow building into various screaming crescendos. Themes of frustration brought with a “no fucks given” attitude and sneer register against the truancy of less genuine articles. The Mischief Kids feel like they have something to prove and they’ll be god damned if anybody stands in their way.

Skirting the careful line of not falling into late 90’s nu-metal cheese, the three piece manages to lend each track a workmanlike quality with each incendiary bass line and explosive drum attack standing paramount as Beattie moves and melds with the beat. The duo of Jay Maranzino and Richard Schenk have a clear dynamic that works seamlessly on standout tracks like the opener “Indian Giver”, “Like Machine Guns”, and “All Work No Play”.

The Mischief Kids are a part of a huge bill in support of Hot Blood‘s record release show at Asbury Lanes with Franchise, Negative Traction, Negative Sky, and Corrina, Corrina on Saturday April 19th. Stream The Mischief Kids below and be sure to catch them this upcoming Saturday at the Lanes.

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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