April 12, 2007

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‘Generation Rx’ fever
MindsetX pulls together message, music on new album
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

MindsetX has been pulling in nothing but compliments since the release of their second and locally-anticipated album, Generation Rx, in mid-February.

“I say this as humbly as possible — we’ve had no negative feedback about the album. It’s really just one of those things where you’re either gonna really like it or it’s just not the thing for you,” said Steven Scott with MindsetX.

But getting all that praise and mention for their work wasn’t easy, considering that MindsetX serves up a style of musical taste that might not follow the popular recipe to success.

“Think epic when you think of progressive rock, like the older bands that used to pull out all that stuff. It’s hard to do nowadays. It’s not the style anymore. But, in a way, you can reach out to a broader spectum, hitting them with something familiar but still new,” Scott said.

MindsetX is a trio with Scott on guitar and vocals, Adam Cote on drums and Jerry Houle on bass and vocals.

Generation Rx may take a more progressive outlook, according to Scott, but it still maintains those elements of epic-style rock that initially brought MindsetX into existence, such as those quick chord progressions and a willingness to experiment with new structures.

“We really want to showcase a little more of those influences that brought us together. We also wanted to theme the whole album with a statement. The same theme flows all the way through, each song has to do with drugs or the media,” Scott said.

Generation Rx has allowed MindsetX to continue their pull from outside of New England. Scott said people who soaked up their first release, Physics, were really some of the first to jump on the second release. Even outside of their already established fan-base, Mindset X grabs listeners of a rock, metal and even a pop-oriented following.

“You have to listen to it quite a few times to actually hear the theme and hear what’s going on with the music. We went a little more progressive on this album. The guitar and vocal arrangements are heavy. It’s the kind of album that doesn’t stop, it’ll keep flowing together all the way through the end,” Scott said.

MindsetX has been with Rat Pak Records for two of their three years in the music industry. Both of their albums, Physics and Generation Rx were released under the Rat Pak Records label.

Big show
Who: MindsetX, Q, Porter, Dreamline, Red State
When: Friday, April 13 starting at 9 p.m.
Where: Steppin’ Out Lounge, 342 Lincoln St. in Manchester
For more information: Generation Rx is available for purchase at all live performances, or can be ordered by going to, mindsetX.com or myspace.com/mindsetx.