Today sees the long anticipated release of Euringer, the first solo album from Mindless Self Indulgence frontman Jimmy Urine and I couldn’t be more excited.
I remember being given a cassette tape by a guy I was crushing on waaaay back in my early college days, it was full of MSI songs and I instantly fell in love with this crazy, unique, punk-rock electro band. I have devoured every album since then and knew I had to check out Euringer too. Released under Jimmy’s real surname (believe-it-or-not Urine is not his surname) and self-titled, the record is described as ‘a counter-culture, surreal, psychedelic, art house, avant-garde, possibly posthumous concept project’. It is quite literally a symphony, the sixteen songs broken down into four acts flow seamlessly into one another creating a dynamic display of musical art. The stream-of-conciousness concerto seems to explore the dark recesses of Jimmy’s mind, going even deeper than he has done with MSI. Euringer features guest vocals from Grimes, Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Chantal Claret (Jimmy’s wife) – not to mention appearances from his Mom and Dad; these collaborations with his friends and family emphasise just how personal this project is.
Whilst trying my best to avoid sounding cliche, I have to be honest and say it is almost impossible to single out highlights from this record. Yes, the songs are all amazing in their own right but I believe the record should be listened to, and enjoyed, in its entirety in order to really experience it’s maximum effect. It is a genuine masterpiece.
If I force myself to choose, particular stand out tracks would be ‘The Medicine Does Not Control Me’ featuring Grimes, ‘Detroit and Only Half Way Thru the Tour’, and ‘Sailor in a Life Boat’ which features Gerard Way. And that’s without mentioning the sickly, extreme Believed eighties-ness of The Doobie Brothers cover ‘What a Fool Believes’ and his rendition of Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ will be stuck in your head for days!
If you’re a Mindless Self Indulgence fan you will no-doubt love Euringer, but it’s far from another MSI record, Jimmy has been set free to really experiment with this project and push it in all directions, really stretching his creativity. Expect the unexpected with this album.
”Mathematically speaking I am breaking time into pieces of distance and moving through them diagonally at a rapid rate,” says Jimmy. “Naaaahh, I am just fucking with you. I just drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort and wrote this album. A hallucination, a proclamation, a degradation? Or maybe its all just all a pile of bullshit I made up to stay relevant. Either way, I am right behind you.“
A hermit from Up North, Rai spends her time scribbling words, buried under a pile of magazines and cassette tapes. Whenever she does finally emerge from her tiny office she tries to achieve world domination as the bassist of kick-ass punk band Pink Hearse.