Mad Science Fair

…for a better tomorrow

Mud

You might know Mike Clayton as a mild-mannered barista at the Caffe Paradiso, but Clayton is also known for his impressive stage presence as a member of classic Champaign band Hot Glue Gun – those unfamiliar should go out of their way to find

single “I’ll Kill You,” a song Clayton ressurrected at the WPGU/Buzz Local Music Awards, backed by Triple Whip. HGG was one of many memorable ’90s bands to touch the stars, working with Green Day and the Smashing Pumpkins among others, but still remaining niche enough for local listeners. Clayton now curates his own Mad Science Fair, backed by drummer and booking agent Dave Domal and bassist Jim Mefford, an impressive roster of musical history. Mud Records, a spinoff of Parasol intended for heavier-than-average bands, releases this first LP for the trio, with another local legend, Adam Schmitt, serving as engineer.

The band in studio hints at the Foo Fighters, with Clayton’s thick holler as Dave Grohl. “Green Day vs. Weezer” doesn’t really provide any insight on the arena rock heros, but it’s a clever conceit, while closer

“The World I Want” is the most thought-out rock song on the album. A good choice for fans of uncomplex, nicely sized and shaped ’90s music.

Mad Science Fair will be playing 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Brass Rail in downtown Champaign. The show is $3 and also features The Respondent.

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