They were far out of left field and didn't sound anything like the hardcore sounds of Born Against. I don't know how you'd classify their music. New Wave Hardcore? Avant Garde performance Art? Whatever it was I'd say it was damn clever and a logical extension of the smart ass statement Born Against patented. For all the lip service the hardcore scene played to "doing it yourself" and not following the rules there sure were a lot of conforming aspects to the culture. MRP did quite a bit in confounding expectations by turning their back on the genre all together. They got away with as much as they could with MRP without the trappings of the 90's post hardcore sound prevalent at that time.
Don't miss the 4th file! Sam McPheeters falls into a glass CD display case as he delivers his "Give Me Liberty "monologue! Thankfully no one was hurt except for maybe a Pixies limited edition CD and probably a Ween 7". The photos below show the sequence where he seriously almost kills himself, but luckily recovers!
Sam McPheeter's is still doing interesting stuff. I'm not clued into what they're all up to but I'm convinced the other dudes in MRP are still doing interesting stuff as well. I just can't tell who those guys were. An amazing video that needs to be out there. Share it with your friends.
Aladin Implosion 4/27/98