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Thursday, Jul 04 2013 | 06:31
Image: 1579638 What's in a name? A little over a year ago this question was asked of Mwahaha (Oakland, CA) in regard to both
their name, and their self-titled independent debut. The answer? A flurry of accolades, a performance at Warp
Records' SXSW showcase, shout outs from NPR & Spin Magazine amongst others, and a tour of the South and
the Midwest including 2012's Treefort Festival. All of the attention drew the eye of Plug Research, who
subsequently signed the band. Now Mwahaha will be re-issued by the label world-wide and will appear for the
first tine on vinyl (AT LAST!), complete with new tracks not found on the original release, creating an expanded
The band consists of Ross Peacock (formerly of Clipd Beaks) and brothers Nathan and Cyrus Tilton (all three
were previously in the Bay Area cult band NED). Throbbing ebb and flow, electronic undercurrents and elated
pop flourishes characterize the album. Instruments are filtered through an array of analogue synths, analog
drum machines exist in harmony with live drums, and other morphing walls of sound and spiraling sonic
landscapes, Peacock's lyrics and often times haunting vocals distinctly ground the album.
The band tracked most of the album at their own studio with Eil Crews (Deerhoof, tUnE-yArDs, WHY?,
Exray's), who also mixed the album at New and Improved Studios in Oakland, CA. Inspiration was drawn from
the tangible energy of the Oakland music scene which continues to burst with new bands and collaborations.
Mwahaha took full advantage of this, enlisting friends from other bands to lend drum parts, as well as the
singular voice of Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs on one of the album's stand-outs "Love." Anticon's Odd Nosdam
also provided a notable remix upon the album's original release as well.
The members of Mwahaha have been writing and performing together for close to 10 years in various bands.
Mwahaha is a giant leap forward, achieving greater rewards while still pursuing sonic exploration. The band is
already hard at work on their follow-up release for Plug Research and continues to adhere to their original tenet:
"There are times you see a band perform and you're blown away by the live show, but you bring the album home
and that special something just isn't captured in the recordings," Peacock says. "We weren't going to perform
live until we had a record that the live show would have to live up to...something that documented the changes
and struggles we all deal with, but with space to grow with and into what the listener needs it to be."
The past year has been a whirlwind, but the band is firmly planted in the present with their gaze set on the
horizon. Indeed, it seems that Mwahaha is having the last laugh after all.

• This album was originally released in very limited release by the band, but is now being reissued by Plug Research including 2 bonus tracks.
• Features Merril Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) on the track ”Love”
• Videos for "Love" and "Rainbow Diamond" are available on YouTube and have been featured on MTV Hive and Wired.
• The band plays consistently in Northern California, but a US tour is planned for 2013.
• Publicity & Radio Promotion will be handled by Terrorbird.

"A cleverly plotted head trip disguised as a ramshackle mess, the debut
full-length from this psychedelic Oakland quartet turns
brain-scrambling confusion into a fine art." - SPIN

"Mwahaha never stops surprising, and each song is jam-packed with
feel-good oddities." - Impose Magazine

"The band sounds more than a little bit like TV On The Radio
sometimes, but - as you may have gathered from its moniker - it is far
more playful." - San Francisco Weekly
Also featuring Merril Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) on the track "Love"

Rainbow Diamond
Love (feat. Merril Garbus of tUnE-yArDs)
Lime Tree
We Build
Rivers And Their Teeth
Sleep Deep
Bathynomus Gigantes
AMBA (Bonus Track) Available from 14.06.2013
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