South 11th Street
Mute Angst Envy first formed in 1987 in San Jose, California. The early period of the band culminated in the release of the Trust EP on Epithet Records. The Archetype/Trust CD, released in April 1992 on 21st Circuitry Records, charted on college stations around the country and was distributed both nationally and internationally. Mute Angst Envy supported this album with many headlining shows, as well as supporting touring bands such as Xymox and the Wolfgang Press. In 1995, the band took a hiatus, and in 2004, Mute Angst Envy started playing and recording again. The latest Mute Angst Envy release, 'South 11th Street,' is a study in extremes. Beauty and aggression play opposing forces throughout the album. The darkly melodic songs range from atmospheric dreamscapes to heavy Rock. This album consists of new material and previously unreleased tracks. Includes MAE's version of The Cure's ''The Figurehead.' On Kitchen Whore. Band members: ]ack R. Holmes, II - bass, guitar, vocals Keith St Thomas - guitar, bass, vocals, drum programming Paul Zimmerman - guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards Reviews '...the trio have produced a goth-rock album that is a richly dark release. This album has some great new tracks to offer.' - Exclaim Music Magazine, December 2004 'Load this reunion project (South 11th Street) into the CD player and your instantly transported into the netherworld. It's a world of awesome music and soul shaking rhythms. It's a world reminiscent of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, just like the art found inside the jacket. It'll get your blood pumping and your adrenaline rushing and you'll be glad the band is there with you. As for the cover art, it's one of those splatter art pieces that I can never figure out, but if you keep looking at the image while listening to the album you'll feel the rage and fury of the music. And yes, you can imagine those little dots and lines start to move. One moment it's a battlefield, the next it's crop circles.' - Rikk's Reviews, November 2004 'Moody, atmospheric and brooding are a few words that spring to mind while listening to Mute Angst Envy. But don't let these adjectives scare you 'happy' music lovers away. The music is more beautifully atmospheric than depressing. Great hooks and melodies make this release outright enjoyable. The intertwining synthesizer and guitar are the key.' - Industrial Gear (Philadelphia, PA), 1993 'Combining a previously vinyl-only IP with five newer songs, Mute Angst Envy's new release, Trust/Archetype (21st Circuitry), provides a working document of a band's evolving from a dark melodic goth pop on Trust to a heavier, edgier sound on Archetype. Down to a quartet now, MAE pulls out all the stops on such cuts as 'Taste of Insanity' and 'All Shadows.' These compare favorably to the best songs on Trust ('Creep' and 'The Bloodstained Ritual,' for those keeping score).' - San Jose Metro, August 1992 '#3. Mute Angst Envy/Trust: True, the band has spent time listening to Joy Division, that that's not a bad thing. Put these guys in Europe and they'd be worshipped.' - Best Local Albums of 1990, San Jose Metro, January 1991 'Peninsula alternative rockers Mute Angst Envy, who this month will release their debut EP on Epithet Records, have enjoyed regular rotation on Live 105 radio this summer, beating out challengers five nights in a row on the station's 'New Music Challenge.' The group's five-song effort is laden with atmosphere, drama, and an unusually strong musical direction- particularly on 'Creep', 'Trust' and 'The Bloodstained Ritual.' The group's members - Jack Holmes (guitars, bass, vocals), Keith St Thomas (same), Paul Zimmerman (guitar, keys) and newly added drummer Les Shanrock - hooked up a couple of years ago at San Jose State. 'Our sound goes from slow and brooding to fast and ferocious,' muses Holmes, show composes the group's material with St. Thomas. Having just wrapped up filming of a video for 'Creep,' Mute Angst Envy will be performing in conjunction with Live 105 at the Edge in Palo Alto later this month.' - BAM, October 1990.