All Hail Discordia! In the mid to late nineties Canada was experiencing
an indie rock renaissance. Before the internet drew the international
focus northward to the likes of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene a
handful of Canadian bands were building an exciting sound, something
altogether unique from the rest of the world. They were creating new
labels, new zines, touring coast to coast inspiring hundreds of
Canadian kids to do the same.
At the epicenter of this churning bubble was By Divine Right.
Centered around the psychedelic song writing of Jose Contreras, By
Divine Right's line-up was ever evolving. Ranging between tight pop
perfection and all-out noise hysteria, the line up bolstered the talent
of some later year musical crusaders such as Broken Social Scene's
Brendan Canning and Feist, members of The Meligrove Band, and Holy
Fuck's Brian Borcherdt.
Mutant Message is By Divine Right's first new record in five years and
is quite possibly their best yet. Recorded at home and in rural studios
of Jose Contreras' new locale of Mono Mills, Ontario, Mutant Message
offers a 'no fat' extra trim collection of ten perfect pop songs. While
sonically it ranges from stripped-down acoustics to orchestral layers
of guitar psych, every song finds a way to unapologetically explore and
re-affirm the celebration of love and life.