Punk rock mixed with electronic beats and a lovable “screw you” attitude — New York-based punk band Mindless Self Indulgence (MSI) has been giving us all of these signature elements since their first album release in 1997.
The band’s latest album, How I Learned To Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence, released in 2013, was quickly followed by an album of remixes of the top song, “Fuck Machine.”
After just finishing a yearlong European tour in December 2013, MSI is back in the U.S. for a North American tour, and is coming to Chicago to play their self-proclaimed “anti-show” at the House of Blues April 3.
Having listened to MSI for the last couple years and feeding my teenage angst with tracks titled “Bullshit” and “Shut Me Up,” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from lead singer Jimmy Urine when I called him for an exclusive interview for The PHOENIX.
I was met by a happy surprise — it turns out Jimmy is a friendly guy, and one who wants the best for his fans.
“We’re just gonna have a nice evening with a big hug fest afterwards,” Urine said regarding what fans can expect from the upcoming Chicago show.
It was hard to believe this was coming from the same guy whose top songs include “Stupid Motherfucker” and “Bitches.”
Although the band is notorious for their explicit lyrics, crazy shows and self-indulgent attitude, it turns out they have a warm and fuzzy side.
“Music for me is work, it’s not all fun and games,” Urine said. “We work hard so that we can produce great music and our fans can enjoy themselves and we can take care of our families.”
Urine went on to cite his family, friends and famously loyal fans as the most important parts of his career.
With five albums, three EPs and a newly-released graphic novel project under its belt, MSI still retains its cult phenomenon reputation and “anti-pop” personality. This is no small feat considering the group has been around for 17 years.
Even with the fade out of punk bands and the introduction of new subgenres of electronic music such as dubstep and house music, band members Jimmy Urine, Steve Righ?, Kitty and Lyn-Z manage to always remain relevant.
“We keep seeing new shit we hate and wanting to change it,” Urine said. “So we keep creating original stuff that we think is better.”
And so they have. Having such success with their unapologetic work, MSI can afford to relax during this upcoming tour and, in Urine’s words, “just have a really good time.”
The band promises a great show as they bring their salty-sweet flavor to Chicago’s House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn St.) this Thursday, April 3. Tickets are $28 and are available for purchase here.