THE MYSTERIANS: Sounds From Planet Mysteroid EP
By Amanda Mills
When The Mysterian’s debut EP (with its fantastic artwork) appeared in my letterbox, I was intrigued. Sci-fi influenced popular music is fun, and often inspired, but can also be very kitsch. ‘Sounds From Planet Mysteroid’ walks the line between these two extremes, adding elements along the way that suggest The Mysterians, an Auckland five-piece psych-funk outfit, are more of a hybrid band than the EP title might suggest. Mortuary Blues adds a gothic-horror element in the vocals and keyboards, while Funken Christ is based on a funk rhythm section. Spaceman, however, is the most straightforward pop song on the EP, perhaps channelling Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust concept in a formulaic structure. Final track DIY Lobotomy brings together all elements that have appeared in the other songs, and the theme is set with opening line, “advertise me for brain slaves”. The Mysterians and their EP are hard to pin down in terms of identity or concept, an interesting home-recorded oddity.