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The Mattoid - Eternifinity 
By Kevin Wierzbicki

At first, when Eternifinity’s lead cut, “Joy,” starts playing, you hear a couple of semi-grunts and a spoken “Right on baby.” Hmm. Is this guy throwing us a little seduction like Barry White, or maybe Isaac Hayes? Well, the soul here turns out to be a little less than hot-buttered as the Mattoid (the name of the singer and the band) sings about the joy that he gets rather than the joy that he gives. The melody is simple, the rhythm is basic; the Mattoid himself is neither. About half way through “Joy,” the Mattoid switches his vocal to an exaggerated, cartoonish Satchmo impersonation, ultimately ending the song with a scream/growl. “Crazy Muthas” uses almost the exact same music as “Joy” for the Mattoid to wail about how he lost his money, car, sitar and his honey, but he doesn’t care because he’s a “Crazy mutha on my way to the sun.” The Mattoid obviously knows that he’s weird, but it is unclear if he knows how amusing his stuff is. In other words, does he care if people are laughing at him as opposed to laughing with him? Oh yeah, the Mattoid is apparently of European descent; there is some sort of accent present. The different inflection somehow tinges every word with an air of pretense. I’m sure these guys (three folks back up the old ’Toid) are fun live, and Eternifinity is only an E.P., six songs long, so it’s not too hard to sit through just for a hoot. But don’t worry about missing this one. You’ve got better things to do with a spare twenty minutes.

CD Info 

The Mattoid - Eternifinity
Label: Cleft
Crazy Muthas
Little Surfer
Tinkli Vinkli

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