News Wire: Announcing MUTINY (members of Death by Stereo, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Dissidente)
Announcing MUTINY (members of Death by Stereo, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Dissidente) releasing debut English & Japanese EP with companion manga
Pittsburgh, PA - Mutiny was initially formed in 2020 by saxophonist Eric Fazzini (Voodoo Glow Skulls), guitarist Jordan Pepper, and vocalist and guitarist Chris Ruckus (Dissidente). When Eric first moved to Pittsburgh, where Chris Ruckus, vocalist of Dissidente is located, the two became friends. Simultaneously, Eric and Jordan, lifelong best friends, began working remotely on a skacore project. The world shut down and they continued to work remotely with Chris Ruckus as well.
Following the shutdown, the three decided to move forward with forming the band and recording the EP. Eric brought in Efrem Schulz, vocalist of Death by Stereo, Manic Hispanic, and Voodoo Glow Skulls, along with bassist Adam Shah, trombonist Jose Pazsoldan (Voodoo Glow Skulls), and drummer Mike Cambra (Death by Stereo, The Adolescents, and The Sun Must Die) as well as additional instrumentation on organ by Esteban Flores (Matamoska). All of the different musical backgrounds of the band members come together including skacore, especially Eric’s love for Japanese skacore, and hardcore as expected as well as metal.
About Mutiny’s unique sound, Efrem Schulz says, “In ska, you know, Voodoo Glow Skulls is a weird band and in hardcore Death by Stereo is considered kind of a weird band. To add them together, It's going to make something else super weird. I think vocally it's closer to Death by Stereo, but musically, it's all over the place. I don't think the band is any particular genre at all, it’s just genre flipping in the middle of songs so it's kind of crazy.”
However, this isn’t your everyday ska supergroup, as Mutiny EP is a prologue to an even larger story, and comes with its own origin story setting up the world of a companion manga.
The manga came about from Chris Ruckus’s desire to write substantial lyrics while being able to find relief and escape from the political suffering of the real world.
“The only thing I can write basically is political music. Like it's the only thing I have any strong feelings about,” Chris Ruckus, who is also vocalist of Dissidente, says.
About the manga, however, Ruckus says, “Even though the story is the same, you don't need to have one or the other. You'll get more out of both of them, if you have them together.”
Dissidente’s song catalog is full of tracks about the political climate of the world. Dissidente released their full length The War on Two Fronts two years ago in February 2022. The lyrical content of The War on Two Fronts is very much based on class warfare. Within the fictional world of Mutiny, a similar theme of class warfare is one of the most important aspects of the story telling.
On February 13, 2024, the band releases the lyric video and first single, “This is a Eulogy.” “This is a Eulogy” is the introduction to the world of Mutiny.
Ruckus says, within the world of Mutiny, “the climate change in the world has gotten so bad that those who could afford it fucked off to the moon…This is a Eulogy is a song talking about how the planet has died and that is the eulogy we are giving.”
The band’s ties to Japanese culture do not stop there with the companion prologue to the manga. While side A of the vinyl will include all 4 tracks sung in English by Efrem and Chris Ruckus, side B will include the same track but sung in Japanese by the vocalists of FRAIL, Shinji and Ryo.
About FRAIL Eric says, “I’m just a huge fan of that band. And I had the idea. I was like, what have we got the songs sung in Japanese? FRAILhas two singers. We have two singers. Why don't we do it?”
Eric met FRAIL through Hiro, a Japanese DJ called Do the Ska. He asked FRAIL if they would be interested, sent over the recordings, and then FRAIL sent back their tracks which sounded even better than Mutiny could imagine.
“Jordan and I, we've been neck deep in the Japanese ska scene since we were like 17. So it’s finally cool to be able to create this combination, together with my best friend, with bands that we've been listening to for almost decades now and now we are trying to bridge that gap between American and Japanese ska.”
Following the release of their first EP, the group will continue to release music with companion manga. The band hopes to bring skacore to manga lovers at comic and anime conventions, music festivals, and hardcore and ska shows around the schedule of the groups they are involved with. Mutiny’s EP with FRAIL’s Japanese B side is out on Ska Punk International Records on February 20, 2024. The vinyl is a part of Ska Punk International’s record club or available to pre order on February 13 on their website.