Mindset - Nothing Less
In the tradition of the valedictory three-song 7”, inaugurated by Youth of Today’s 1989 sendoff, Disengage, Mindset have in the earliest days of 2016 staked a claim on record of the year with a farewell triptych of their own: Nothing Less. A densely packed charge of pure explosive energy, the record — like one of Mindset’s peerless live sets — arrives with astonishing force, shows us something we’ve never seen before, and is suddenly over: A vanishing show of force and barely controlled chaos that awes, exhilarates, and inspires — and lives forever in memory. The new music, backed by the best-in-the-business drumming of Daniel Fang, delivers all the speed, crunch and crescendo that made Mindset’s full-length LP, Leave No Doubt, a generational document. And the lyrics, as urgent and authoritative as ever, rise to the occasion of a last will and testament: reflective, free of regret and apology, and more wrenchingly personal than ever before. Mindset will soon be gone, but with Nothing Less they have defied us to forget them.