Wired All Wrong: Break Out The Battle Tapes

Wired All Wrong are Jeff Turzo from God Lives Underwater, and Matt Mahaffey from the less-recognizable Self. The two, drawn by some mystical force, decided it would be a really good idea to make music together. It is to wonder.

Most of the tracks on the record come off like a coked-up Head Automatica, or maybe a half-hearted radio version of Mindless Self Indulgence. Moments of early-’90s funkiness come through, but there is still something dated in the band’s approach—the wires, you might say, are all wrong.

Try as I might, I have a hard time picturing anyone actually listening to this and enjoying it. The “guitar” tone is compressed and even on the tracks like “Medicate,” where it’s more prominently featured, uninspired. The ready use of keyboards and samples does little to enhance the songs, and really, the whole affair smacks of a cynical cash grab from a couple guys trying too hard to prove their relevance.

Future fodder for the bargain bins.

In A Word: Irredeemable