Volume 91, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 4, 1998



It's no Mystery why machine works

©Mark Van-S
HEY SCOOBY, WHERE ARE YOU? Mystery Machine, along with special guests Copyright, find out who the person is under the ghostly mask tonight at Call the Office.

By Mark Lewandowski

Gazette Staff

For mere mortals a "Headfirst Into Everything" attitude would involve spreading oneself way too thin, but for Mystery Machine it is merely an attitude that titled the band's recent and most developed album.

"The name came from the way we were feeling at the time," claims songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Luke Rogalsky. An attitude that led Rogalsky and the crew to write 50 songs before they went to the studio. To top it off, the band reworked and squeezed all of these songs until they finally came up with a tight package.

"Our first album took us two weeks while this one took us two years. We had enough songs for four albums," gloats Rogalsky with good reason. The new album is well worth the work and the wait.

Some fans will surely argue the band's sonic wall-of-sound values may be hurt by an album more produced than its rawer predecessors. But Rogalsky feels the album is just "more polished and maintains the band's values."

Currently touring through the Great Lakes area, Mystery Machine has a very good philosophy about its live presentations which has been attracting a large eclectic following throughout Canada and a few spots in the States.

"We don't go into a live show with [a script] because it comes out too contrived," Rogalsky proclaims. He then adds "like when Moist announced it was their bassist's birthday at every stop on their Canadian tour, that's just shit."

The band's goal is not to "play in arenas," as Rogalsky puts it, but they wouldn't reject the chance if it came up. All that fresh Vancouver air must have set the band's priorities straight except for one strange anomaly.

"The band is named after the van from Scooby Doo," explains Rogalsky admitting the group is very serious about having fun – especially with cartoons. "We have a fascination with Japanimation and the song YTV we wrote and performed acoustically in one day for [the station]," Rogalsky explains. So of course one has to ask him the obvious question and lucky for him, he passed.

"Old Spiderman of course! It's cheesy, but that's the attraction. For people our age it's pure nostalgia," Rogalsky exclaims, affirming his superior cartoon wisdom.

Mystery Machine will be entertaining fans and themselves when they stop at Call The Office tonight for an animated set of sonic sounds in their quest for musical immortality.

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