Mass Solo Revolt
Michigander Martin Brummeler moved to Athens, GA in 2000 and began writing music under the moniker Mass Solo Revolt. His previous bands Data Cadet, and Propeller had released records in the late '90s on Fred Thomas'(Saturday Looks Good to Me) West West Side records and Joel Wick's (Michigan Fest) Makoto Recordings.
In 2005, Brummeler sent a recording to Silver Sonya Mastering in Washington, D.C.. It caught the ear of Dischord Records’ Ian MacKaye, who suggested a collaboration between Brummeler and Dismemberment Plan engineer/producer Chad Clark. Recruiting drummer Andrew Becker (Medications) and playing the rest of the instruments himself, Brummeler spent 2 weeks writing, recording, and sleeping on the Inner Ear couch. The result was the first "officially released" MSR album... EASY MARK. (self-released). The album garnered much critical praise including features on NPR and ALL MUSIC GUIDE among others. Martin actually ended up moving to D.C. for a year (2006) to work at Inner Ear and Silver Sonya as an engineer and producer. Moving back to Athens in 2007, Brummeler went to work on the 2nd MSR album with longtime friend and musical partner Jim Frye. Self-recording and producing in his home studio, and including the good friends he'd pressed into service as touring bandmates (Jim Frye, David Harrison, and Russell Sherman), in both writing and performance on the album. This sophmore effort, BEND IN TIME, (released in 2009 on Hop Skip Recordings) was also well-received in the press, and furthered Mass Solo Revolt's reputation as masters of “sonically muscular, rhythmically angular and effortlessly melodic-guitary, poprock-n-roll of the superbestest kind”.
2010 found Brummeler and bandmates dealing with adult issues like unemployment, foreclosures, and 3 year olds... Brummeler moved home to Michigan, and scrapped a live band in place of a sampler, allowing him to perform with all the bombast of a live group, without the human bullshit involved in keeping a band together. A new association with Chapel Hill anti-label NO MORE FAKE LABELS has already brought more attention (see his GBV cover on the label's "Sing For Your Meat:A Tribute to Guided By Voices", and read about his killer set performed at this year's CMJ Music Festival) to the man/band oft-called "the greatest 90's band not actually from the '90s".
MSR has released the album WAVES INTRO in early 2012 with TWO more albums slated for release in 2012...