Legenday Bay Area hard-art combo MX-80 was founded by guitarist Bruce Anderson and bassist Dale Sophiea in Bloomington, Indiana, 1975. Their debut LP Hard Attack (Island UK) came out in 1977 and they reloacted to California in 1978. Thirty-years later MX-80 continues their nihilistic, dada-filled explorations -- interjectded with vocalist/horn player Rich Stim's deadpan commentary -- within the realm of so-called rock music. Though claimed as an inspiration by many underground stars MX-80 has cultivated a true outsider's throne in the American cannon for its five studio albums, numerous singles and live documents. Once called "the most arty Heavy Metal band in the world," MX-80 has released or reissued recordings through Island, Ralph, Atavistic, Forced Exposure, Quadruped, and Gulcher. MX-80 currently is Anderson, Sophiea, Stim, guitarist Jim Hrabetin, drummers Marc Weinstein, Dave Mahoney, and John Moremen.

"The band known as MX-80 Sound were/are/always will be an enigmatic buzzing pest on the haunch of weird-ass music history."
-- Forced Exposure


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    Thank you, Bruce Anderson

    January 17, 2022

    Bruce Anderson (& his MX-80 family) was the reason Family Vineyard was founded. For me, MX-80 Sound’s debut 1976 EP and LP is a pinnacle of rock n roll’s possibilities. “Tidal Wave” or “Man on the Move” just makes me lose my mind.

    So FV's first release was Strict-- a darkly brilliant tapestry of Bruce's savage n’ meditative n’ barbed guitar wrapped in Feldman, Monteverdi, etc. samples & MX-underpins. Between 1999-2004, Family Vineyard released five albums by Bruce, Dale and the gang as O-Type that culminated in The New Edge boxset and DVD. Then, it was the total honor to release MX-80's first studio album in over a decade.

    When Bruce came back to Bloomington, Ind. in 1999 as part of a 50th birthday trip to see family in his tiny hometown of Oolitic he also performed solo at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. A lot of the locals expected the MX-juggernaut sound. But that was never going to happen.

    Bruce’s guitar somehow got knocked out of tune before he hit the stage. So, he played a few notes then worked his effects for an hour, shaping tones into a flutter, then conjured a blood thick drone that swallowed everyone up. At the end, when we got spit out, most walked bewildered out into the street.

    Thank you, Bruce.

    RIP, Bruce Anderson
    October 22, 1949 - January 10, 2022

  • MX-80 Wishes You a 'Nuke Free' Columbus Day

    October 12, 2015

    Another fantastic, spot-on single from the upcoming MX-80 Sound album -- we are not releasing it but can't wait to grip a copy. Not sure how long it's been since we heard Bruce Anderson, dare we say, shred out on the six-string like he does here but we're loving it. Damn. This will be the Bay Area combo's first album since FV issued 2005's We're An American Band.

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    Darling, O-Type is back

    May 26, 2014

    So, it's been almost 15 years since the first Family Vineyard release Strict -- an album from MX-80 members Bruce Anderson (guitar), Dale Sophiea (sampler) and their usual cohorts Dave Mahoney (drums), Jim Hrabetin (guitar) and Marc Weinstein (drums). The CD was released under their names, but the project later (re)morphed into O-Type, a badge they'd been using since the mid-1980s. So it's a gas, and a helluva surprise, to find out Milvia Sun have just reissued O-Type's 1988 cassette Darling as a 300-edition LP in screened covers. Now Darling is no musique concrète revision of Mr. Anderson's guitar styling as Strict was/is. Instead, Darling is post-MX-vision rock with Anderson taking the mic at times to sound like a "gruff, drunken, almost sick sounding barrage, coming a little too close to the far-beyond-gone state of Bobby Soxx at the dead end of Stick Men With Ray Guns" (or so sez our pal Doug). Nonethless, we think you oughta buy both.

  • Christmas with the Devil

    December 10, 2013

    Rich Stim and MX-80 lay down truth on ol' St. Nick, an (almost) oldie from their 2005 album We're An American Band.