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Muscle Beach Petting Zoo

Muscle Beach Petting Zoo (MBPZ) are an instrumental post-hardcore band formed in Eugene, OR, known for a particularly swampy, sweaty brand of snarling, post-progressive devil music that occasionally borders math rock. They take after established rock and metal acts like Mastodon, Deftones, or Mars Volta, by placing an emphasis on irreverent time signature and tempo changes within songs, without the utilization of vocals. Like your favorite taco stand, Muscle Beach Petting Zoo manages to keep the exotic flavors in check with a zest and attitude all their own.

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Muscle Beach Petting Zoo (MBPZ) are an instrumental post-hardcore band formed in Eugene, OR, known for a particularly swampy, sweaty brand of snarling, post-progressive devil music that occasionally borders math rock. They take after established rock and metal acts like Mastodon, Deftones, or Mars Volta, by placing an emphasis on irreverent time signature and tempo changes within songs, without the utilization of vocals. Like your favorite taco stand, Muscle Beach Petting Zoo manages to keep the exotic flavors in check with a zest and attitude all their own.

Guitarist and main songwriter Michael (Thom Simon, Childspeak) met co-guitarist Andrew while working together at a local music retailer. Initially, the duo's tastes and songwriting tendencies were polar opposite, but soon, symbiotic patterns emerged over love for metal music and British television series The Mighty Boosh. The two quickly enlisted Max (The Great Hiatum) on bass and Cody (NotAPartOfIt) on drums and within months, the demos were brought to life. The group's first show was in a basement on Halloween 2015, in which during the final song, multiple witnesses claim one of two twins screamed in ecstasy in the final chords only to allegedly vast vomit onto the second of the two twin's faces. In essence, the band knew they had something special, and it wasn't just Michael and Andrew's mutual taste for surreal debauchery while geeking out on guitars. Whatever it was, people seemed to enjoy it.

But as the groups fan base increased, so did its challenges: Michael and Max began playing with different bands, with Michael even leaving nearly two months for tour in the summer, during which original drummer Cody was replaced by Chevy Doud. Upon moving in together, the group began to stagnate and fritter rather than hone in songs or practice new ideas. The stars were dim. Andrew was managing a store. Michael was covered head to toe in chunky organic peanut butter.

But before long, the groups strengths began to coalesce. The necessity of the project and it's inherent attitude problem became apparent to it's members over time as a sacred space, as safe as it was unforgiving. Like their sound. Though accessible, their intentionally angular sound is unapologetic; the echoes of four young cantankerous heathens slogging their way through time and space in the Northwest, trying to laugh at themselves, and everybody else, along the way.

The band is currently finishing new material, praying for aliens to come down and help them navigate inter-dimensionally to recording and releasing a good sounding record one day. « hide

Similar Bands: Glassjaw, Deftones, Propagandhi, Covet, Mastodon

Rate of Decay (Single)
2016

Post-Organic Material
2016

Post Organic Material
2016

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