MU330
Chumps On Parade


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
October 12th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


When you were in the 6th grade or so, what music did you listen to" When I was in middle school bands such as Korn and AcDc were popular (and still are) amongst the "hip" teens. I was different though. I had a fascination with ska music and listened to it throughout my middle school years. MU330 is probably my favorite 3rd wave ska bands just behind Streetlight Manifesto. MU330 has been around since 1997 and have released a total of five albums. Out of the four I own this is by far my favorite and I listen to this the most. If you like 3rd wave ska than this is a must have. MU330 don't pull off just a few catchy horn lines and a simple guitar riff. This album has some ficious horn lines and raging guitar lines. This is more like ska/rock. MU330 didn't get the spotlight in the late 90's when ska was popular, but they were one of the most talented 3rd wave ska bands out there.

Members :
Dan Potthast - Guitar, vocals
Ted Moll - Drums, back, vocals
Chris Diebold - Bass, back vocals
Rob Bell - Trombone, back, vocals
Jason Nelson - Vocals
Nick Baur - Trumpet
Tratgen Bilsland - Tenor Sax

MU330 were one of the bands that was in the middle of the 1997 3rd wave ska explosion. Most of the ska bands in that time period had a few nice horn lines and some simple guitar riffs. However MU330 took the more difficult route. They combine quick, jazzy, horn lines with raging guitars and Dan Potthast's voice brings everything together. MU330 has the most energy out of any ska band that I've ever heard. The horn lines are odd sounding at first, but once you get used to the "psycho ska" feel of the music than you will realize MU330's greatness. Songs like "Wide Awake" and "Rok" are fast paced, pump up ska tunes featuring amazing horn lines from the band. MU330 also has range by throwing in some slower and more mellow tracks such as "LA", "Nothings Alright", and "So Far." Most of these tracks are fast paced and psycho. You will have to be patient with this album because it will grow on you.

Through the sharp horns lines and raging guitars there is Dan Potthast. In the slower paced songs his voice can be slow and smooth. His voice fits with the slower songs perfectly creating a mellow and depressing feel. However Potthast thrives when he sings to the faster paced songs. His voice is wild, hyper, energetic, fun, and crazy. His voice has a lot of range and it is amazing when it is mixed in with the music. Potthast gives the band a ton of energy and makes MU330 standout above all other 3rd wave ska bands. MU330 is fun, unique, crazy, and energetic. MU330 is the craziest 3rd wave ska band that I've ever listened to. Instrumentaly MU330 doesn't throw in a lot of different instruments because there is no need. The horn lines are so fast and pump up that there is no time to throw in keyboards or any other instrument. The vocals are wild and crazy and mixing them with the music creates a psycho, crazy 3rd wave ska sound. This music certaintly isn't hardcore, but it is hyper and sloppy in some points. Sometimes there is so much going on in these songs that it's hard to listen to. This should not be used as backround music or something to relax to. I use this album whenever I want to get pumped up for something, or if I am in a good mood this album can very effective. MU330 is an awesome 3rd wave ska that should be more appreciated!

Overall this is one of my favorite 3rd wave ska albums of all time. The only thing I dislike is that there are too many slower songs on this album. There are about five slow paced songs on this album and it really slows down the pace. Even though I don't really like these songs the other fast paced ones make up for it. I might even consider MU330 to be a ska/rock band. If you want an album with pure energy than this is the album for you. MU330 have faster horn lines that Reel Big Fish and have more energy than Streetlight Manifesto in some points. This is the craziest 3rd wave ska album that I own. The horn lines are frantic and sharp, the guitar and drums are fast and they pump you up. What is not to like" The vocals are hyper and crazy and are a perfect combo with the horn lines to make this album a psycho ska masterpiece. Any fans of 3rd wave ska need to check this album out because it is one of my favorites. MU330 is not known very well and they deserve more credit than they got. Once again this is one of my favorite 3rd wave ska albums of all time.

Overall Rating : 4/5

Pros:
Fast, upbeat, crazy, energetic songs
Crazy vocals
horn lines
Pumps you up

Cons:
Slower songs
Unorganized and sloppy at times

Recommended tracks :
"Rok"
"Inside Me"
"Since the Short Longs Gone"
"Fat and Married"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apathy
October 12th 2005


645 Comments


When I was in sixth grade (last year) I listen to the same stuff I listen to now.

Electric City
Emeritus
October 12th 2005


15762 Comments


Why am I not surprised?

Electric City
Emeritus
October 12th 2005


15762 Comments


Good review sir. Ska's not dead. I never heard of this band, but never the less excellent quality.

Apathy
October 12th 2005


645 Comments


Why are you asking me?

Electric City
Emeritus
October 12th 2005


15762 Comments


Just wonderin

Jawaharal
October 12th 2005


1832 Comments


yay for zebra! You sound like my friend who always listened to ska in the sixth grade.

Zebra
Moderator
October 12th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for all of the feedback.



I had to review this album because this was one of my favorite cd's in middle school. Every fan of 3rd wave ska should at least give these guys a listen.

masada
October 13th 2005


2733 Comments


You really need to start putting in the album images yourself.

Oh, and, third-wave ska sucks.This Message Edited On 10.13.05

Zebra
Moderator
October 15th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^Explain to me how third wave ska sucks.

masada
October 15th 2005


2733 Comments


I think it's boring, uninspired, piles of trash. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, some No Doubt.. it all just leaves a horrible taste in my mouth.

The only good thing to come of it is Sublime, if you consider them part of that group.

FauxApathy
November 19th 2006


98 Comments


Is this the best place to start with Mu330? I basically just got into them, and it seems every person I ask says that a different album is their best.


rudy4u51
June 24th 2007


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm suprised that this is the only album even acknowledged on this site from MU330. If I were any good at writing reviews, I would definitly hook these guys up. What I WILL do is list my favorite MU330 albums, and rate them. Perhaps that will help if you are interested in getting into them and wondering where to start. Although, if you really like them, i suggest starting with the bands first album "press" and work all the way through. They really don't have a bad album in my opinion. Anyways, here you go:



MU330 - Press (1994) : 4



MU330 - Chumps on Parade (1996) : 4



MU330 - Crab Rangoon (1997) : 4.5



MU330 - MU330 (1999) : 3



MU330 - Winter Wonderland (1999) : 3.5



MU330 - OH YEAH! live (2001) : 4



MU330 - Ultra Panic (2002) : 4





They have been talking for a long time about a new album. I can't wait. Ultra Panic is very good and kind of renued my faith in them. I'm sure to people like Eliminator Jr.(who i'm not judging one bit), who may not know much about the lesser known ska bands of the 90's, those ratings may come as a shock. Because to them, it's just boring, uninspired, piles of trash. Come on man. Mighty Mighty Bosstones? Reel Big Fish? NO DOUBT??? ahh! I guess they do give the ska scene a terrible face, if that's all you know.









Fleeba
August 15th 2014


44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favourite 3rd ska album. MU330 was the reason I started playing drums for a ska band when I was younger (band that lasted for 10 years). We were supposed to open for them in Ottawa but the show got cancelled.



Anyway, the review talks about the crazy vocals but on this album, most of the vocals were sung by Jason Nelson and not Dan. Altough you can hear Dan throughout the album with a couple of leads, dual vocals and some most of the back vocals.



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