Alongside principal songwriter Brian Butler, the membership-in-flux for these cuts includes original drummer Bill McCormick of Evil Weiner and various bassists--Jeff Spillers, Paige Ivey, Chris Eubank and Mike Barker, respectively. The band chugs on even now, with the occasional live appearance as a four-piece.
Starting things with a bang, or maybe a jang(le), "Circle of Sleep," from WXYC's Demolisten comp, is a shot of Butler's trademark sound: beautifully distorted guitar lines and stretched out, often soulful vocals a la a young Michael Stipe, as in "It takes a while, but soon enough we all get to sleeeeeeeep." There's vivid imagery in "Into the Sea," morbid humor in "Cat," and a huge guitar sound in the anthem, "Can See This Time." There are some less-than-essential numbers here, but no real clunkers. Great non-hits like "Roller Coaster" feature Butler shredding his guitar strings, rhythm section rumbling mightily with him, and the chilling "Graveyard" haunts from beginning to end.
There is a large, knotted Mind Sirens limb dangling from the Triangle rock family tree (bonus: check out the ode to Zen Frisbee, "New Jack Song"). These recordings give you a chance to experience those seedlings as they first sprouted.