We're a bit unsure of the name, but anyone looking for experimental new rock/electronic sounds out of the Bay Area (or anywhere, really), oughta give Mwhahaha a listen. 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. There are flourishes of analog synthesizers, bent guitars, and even the occasional pop hook in the band's songs, which are usually built over some towering, propulsive rhythm, whether live drums or machine-based. And while we get a little bit of pop-oriented verse-chorus-versing, Mwahaha also likes to take its songs in adventurous directions that may not always be foreseen at the start of things.
Check out three free Mwahaha MP3s after the jump.
The best starting point for Mwahaha is probably "Rainbow Diamond," which displays the elements of its sound in a fairly accessible form. Next up are "Poinsetta" and "Sleep Deep." All of these will appear on the band's upcoming debut album, out Dec. 6, which was recorded and mixed by the same guy (Eli Crews) who worked on tUnE-yArDs' stunning sophomore album, w h o k i l l. In fact, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus even guests on a Mwahaha track called "Love" that will appear on the debut.
Give this band a listen: