Xposed 4Heads landed at 88Nine for a short set of live music and interview as a warm up for New Wave Fest. We heard influences of Devo and Rush in their music…but, “mostly Rush,” joked frontman Mark G.E.
He said about the band’s message, “It’s not enough to make fun of something. You have to provide an alternative, something positive.”
In 1982, Xposed 4Heads released “Nice Guy,” which went on to years of heavy rotation on WMSE. DJ Declan (WMSE) praised them as “a band unencumbered by talent.” With an ever evolving roster of musicians, Xposed 4Heads had three cassette-only releases by 1992 and had gotten airplay on college stations through out the US and been included in numerous compilation albums.
A wide-eyed opus of stunning intensity, “Fed” oozes Hayes’ impeccable influences without ever becoming overwhelmed by them. Incredibly, it touches upon Blaxploitation soul, Boz Scaggs-soft-rock, hints of jazz and blues, timeless baroque and skewed pop.
Hayes is not the kind of artist who spends all day interacting on social media. He doesn’t reveal a lot in interviews. He can hardly be reached by phone or email. (We set up this session completely in person.) He’s not trying to be cagey or eccentric or elusive, he would just rather keep the focus on his songs. And let’s face it, mystique is underrated in this era of over-sharing. But what he doesn’t describe in interviews, he makes up for in his music. Described by Uncut as “one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years,” we saw a genuine sample of this on Thursday. Take a listen above.
Groove to B~Free on 414 Live with the MJ-Uncovered crew.
Listen to our session and interview below with Dead Horses.
Koch-Marshall Trio consists of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall.