Initially germinating from a fortuitous meeting between Warner, a recent transplant from Oakland, California, and Wade, an NYC-based producer/ songwriter of considerable renown, Warner's self-confessed "gearhead" leanings (which had taken her from programming beats as a teenager to even designing the touring keyboard for Yeah Yeah Yeahs) found their match in Wade's experimental adventures into non-traditional sounds, with their resulting music being a perfect study in contrasts, as displayed on their debut release "E.P.E" (now available on iTunes). Here, a variety of disparate influences -- krautrock, early house, minimal techno and lo-fi noise -- are processed and synthesised into a set of boldly offbeat, thrillingly addictive pop songs, from the rousing gallop of "Jump In", to the sweet, soulful ache of "I Go Away".
Recent shows opening for Miike Snow and tv appearances with Mark Ronson on Letterman and Kimmel have brought MNDR to a wider audience. Onstage, Warner is utterly in control of the audience and makes the stage entirely her own, filling it with her larger-than-life personality and belting out future surefire smashes like "Caligula" (which MNDR are giving away on their website) and "Sparrow" with the confidence of a woman who knows that the future is hers for the taking. And who are we to argue?
May 23 MondayLos Angeles, CA, US Bootleg Theater