MS MR is a duo based in NYC, comprised of lead singer, Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow. And that’s about all we know. They’ve kept any details about themselves private, for the most part, and forced the music to do the talking for them; which, in this case, is a wise choice.
Their debut EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, is a lyrically dark, beautifully produced collection of 4 songs which, while not new to my ears, remind me of why I’ve been so anxious for these guys to get noticed. Musically, I’m most often reminded of Siouxsie & The Banshees’s epic cinematic production, especially on songs like Bones. But, in my mind, the real attraction here lies in Lizzy’s STUNNING low voice. Her approach reminds me of a 1950s jazz singer without sounding jazzy, if that makes sense. It’s deep, powerful and one of the best voices on a female artist I’ve heard in the last few years.
I’m pretty sure MS MR are still unsigned, as they self-released “Candy Bar Creep Show” last month. Are A&R people fucking deaf?! Somebody needs to fund a full-length release for these guys ASAP. Wake the fuck up.
Have a listen to “Ash Tree Lane” below.
MS MR “Ash Tree Lane”