By BOB GULLA  |  April 18, 2007

Masta blasta
After an ’06 that wore the band down to its nubs, Mastamindz is revitalized, and has some major activity planned for the rest of ’07. Not only has M1 (aka Matt Moreau), frontman and driving force, been promoted to sergeant, the band has been successfully reaching outside of New England. “We figured out that in order to make something happen, you can’t just sit in your own state waiting for someone to come grab you,” says Moreau. “We’ve been able to bond with a lot of national acts and they’re calling us to join them when they come around.”
Despite being interrupted by military deployment, M1 and Mastamindz have been able to soldier on musically. They have a slot on the Emergenza Festival at the Century Lounge tonight (the 19th), and they’re beginning to get the locomotive chugging once again. Winners of Emergenza head to Europe and then grab a spot on the Warped Tour. “We’re finally happy with the sound, the dedication, and the direction of the band,” Moreau says. “I just see where we came from and I know where we’re going. I sit back and reflect on it and it overwhelms me.”
For a full listing of this weekend’s Emergenza participants, go to The festival takes place April 19 through 21, with at least eight bands playing half-hour sets each night.

Wandering eye
You can catch THE GONERS at Jerky’s next Thursday, April 26, in a scorching triple bill that also stars the MURDER JUNKIES (G.G. Allin’s old band) and the MIDNIGHT CREEPS, a lineup that will surely provide its share of heebie jeebies. It’s 18-plus and the doors open at 9 pm. Call 401.621.2244.
I just received a Sub Pop release schedule and, lo and behold, our own DEATH VESSEL, otherwise known as Joel Thibodeau, formerly of String Builder, is listed with a release planned for this fall. When prodded, Joel confirmed the good news in an e-mail: “Yes, I signed with Sub Pop. They’ve been great thus far. For a little over a year Windish Agency has been booking my shows, allowing me to share the bill with some great bands and musicians: Iron & Wine, Calexico, Low, the Books, Mission of Burma, Os Mutantes, Jose Gonzalez, Beck. I continue to record with Pete Donnelly of the Figgs. We’ll be playing the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival (UK) in May. To date the press has been kind and I’ve got some features coming up in 2007. That’s all I can think of for now, but it’s been exciting since new things seem to come up daily.” Win one for the home team, Joel.

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