Mindless Self Indulgence
Mindless Self Indulgence
Background Information
Origin New York, New York
Genre Industrial[1]
Punk Rock[1]
Shock Rock[2]
Years active 1997-present
Label(s) Uppity Cracker
The End
Jimmy Urine
Steve, Righ?
Former Members
Vanessa Y.T.
Markus J. Euringer
Rob Kleiner

Mindless Self Indulgence (often identified using the abbreviation MSI) is an American musical group formed in New York in 1997. Their music has a mixed style including punk rock, alternative rock, electronica, hip-hop, and industrial. Due to the style of their music lacking a definite genre, they coined the term 'Industrial Jungle Pussy Punk' to describe their music, but later, they denounced the term. Their group name is derived from a solo album that frontman, Jimmy Urine self-recorded in the mid-1990s.


The group was formed when Urine was joined by fellow musicians Steve, Righ?, Vanessa Y.T. (who was later replaced by LynZ) and Kitty. They have released four albums, two EPs, one live album, and one live DVD. Rather than signing traditional record contracts, the band has licensed most of their albums to record labels, retaining ownership of the music.

The group maintains a devout fanbase, and has opened for many well-known acts such as Linkin Park, System of a Down, Korn, Sum 41, Insane Clown Posse and Rammstein. Notable bands who have opened for them include The Dresden Dolls, Rasputina, mc chris, The Birthday Massacre, Tub Ring, Fake Shark - Real Zombie! and Dog Fashion Disco.

In January 2009 the band headlined the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink tour, though LynZ did not participate due to her pregnancy.[3]

In December 2010, they released a comic entitled 'Adventures Into Mindless Self Indulgence' about various tour stories and significant moments of the band's career. [4]

Members Edit

Jimmy Urine Edit

Jimmy Urine (James Euringer) is the vocalist and programmer for Mindless Self Indulgence. He was born on September 7, 1969(1969-09-07), in New York City. Prior to the band's start, Urine released a mostly industrial solo album called Mindless Self-Indulgence. Steve, Righ? co-wrote and played on the song "Bed of Roses". Urine and Righ? also released a second album as The Left Rights on November 9, 2010. Urine married Chantal Claret, lead singer of the band Morningwood, on January 18, 2008. Together they run a clothing company called 'Tour Crush'. [5]

Steve, Righ? Edit

Steve, Righ? (Steven Montano) plays guitar in Mindless Self Indulgence. He began using the name "Steve, Righ?" after someone approached him at a show and said "You're Steve, righ?...".

Rob Kleiner of the band Tub Ring filled in for Steve briefly while he was hospitalized from late 2004 to early 2005 due to a hip injury. He has had two surgeries on his hip, the first one unsuccessful.

Steve has also co-written a handful of songs with Jimmy Urine, such as "Dicks Are for My Friends" and "Seven-Eleven", among others. With Mindless Self Indulgence, he wrote the last two songs on the album Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy: "Whipstickagostop" and "Z", both of which he performs the lead vocals on, and the bonus track "JX-47" from the album Tight, in which he performs lead vocals and plays guitar.

In May, 2009 Steve's wife Lucinda, a make-up artist and beautician from Wolverhampton (UK), gave birth to their daughter Violet Montano.

Steve, Righ? also performed vocals to the tracks "Look Alive, Sunshine", "Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report" and "Goodnite, Dr. Death" on My Chemical Romance's fourth album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, under the persona "Dr. Death Defying[6]

Lyn-Z Edit

LynZ (Lindsey Ann Way née Ballato[7]) is the bassist for Mindless Self Indulgence. Born in Dunoon, Scotland, she moved to Ledyard, Connecticut at the age of 5. She left home at age 17 and moved to Brooklyn, New York where she attended the Pratt Institute to study Fine Art & Illustration. She then worked as a window display artist and assisted painter Ron English in New York City. Her artwork has since been featured in CBGB's 32nd Anniversary Art Show entitled 'Hung', and 'Draw': a travelling group show [8]. She was in a punk Dolly Parton cover band entitled "Beg Yer Parton" before joining MSI. LynZ replaced MSI's original bassist, Vanessa YT, after the release of Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy. On September 3, 2007 after a concert in Colorado, LynZ married Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. The pair were married backstage following the final date of Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour. A member of Live Nation's touring staff who happened to be an ordained minister, performed the low-key ceremony. LynZ and her husband currently live in Los Angeles, California. Their daughter, Bandit Lee Way, was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 27, 2009. On November 13th 2010, she presented her artwork collectively entitled HUSH at the Dark Dark Science Gallery in a joint exhibit called 'Smile Even If It Hurts' with friend and fellow artist Jessicka. [9] On December 11th 2010, her website launched featuring a gallery of her artwork. [10]

Kitty Edit

Kitty (Jennifer Dunn) is the drummer in Mindless Self Indulgence. She plays an acoustic drum kit which is augmented by backing tracks consisting of sampled "loops" for the live show. Originally brought on as a temporary member, she was later promoted to permanent member. According to an interview in July 2008, Kitty dropped playing drums for years because of a misunderstanding in middle school that resulted in the purchase of her drum kit; unbeknownst to her. It wasn't until years later, when offered a chance to play with MSI, that she picked up the sticks again and played with a borrowed drum kit; when returning the borrowed kit the owner let her keep it.

Uppity Cracker Edit

Uppity Cracker is an independent record label created by Jimmy Urine and James Galus, which the band has used to distribute numerous promos, as well as Tight, The Left Rights, Alienating Our Audience, and Despierta Los Niños. Albums that have been released on other labels also carry the Uppity Cracker imprint. The label's only release not related to Mindless Self Indulgence is by New York pop-rap group The O.

Discography Edit

Main article: Mindless Self Indulgence

Studio albums Edit

References Edit

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  2. Rolling Stone - Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sex review
  9. Pettigrew, Jason. [1]Alternative Press Q&A: Mindless Self Indulgence’s Lindsey Way and Scarling’s Jessicka Addams plan art exhibit November 10, 2010

External links Edit

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