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Mistress and the Misters
Live @ The B-Side
by Devon McReynolds

Having a solid live recording is almost a rite of passage into becoming a great artist. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and the Talking Heads (you know, little-known musicians) are just a few who prove that theory. Now, Spokane, Washington natives Mistress and the Misters can join the ranks with their album
Live @ The B-Side. The first track "Ooh What Did You Do," is the perfect intro to the band's sound. At two minutes long, it is upbeat and cute, sounding like a cross between old-school do-wop and '70s garage. The vocals by one of the "Misters" (the real names of the band members are not revealed) are sweet, and the lyrics are that of a classic love, or love lost, song. Since this is a live album, the applause and banter in between all of the songs is a pleasant touch, indicative of a truly raw, un-cut performance.

The second track, "Song in Beth Minor," starts off slower, but a Mister's vocals speed things up with his Eddie Vedder style ramblin'. "Cuckold Me Pretty," is more classically upbeat, once again bringing in the comparison to '70s punkóbut less abrasive and more danceable. The grooving percussion at the intro of "I Turned it Off (Country Song)" is a good change of pace from the rest of the album, and the vocals are softer and more romantic. The opening, heavy chords of "Dopamine Debacle" garnered the heartiest applause and cheers from the crowd, and anyone can see why, once the thick drum beats and passionate wail of a Mister kick into a full-force hurricane. The direction of the album changes once again, getting funky on "Mississippi Goddamn," blending Red Hot Chili Peppers funk and style with '80s hardcore speed. On "Tom Goldtree" and "Bill and the Hill Sisters," Mistress and the Misters utilize the ever-popular cowbell, which punctuates the high-energy tracks.

While Mistress and the Misters may just be gaining momentum in the Pacific Northwest, they will soon be poised for success beyond, armed with their enthusiasm and obviously amazing live shows.