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Positive Mental Theme

by Used Alien Mind

Strange music for strange people- buzzy, psych rock meets punk
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kid Mental
2:43 $0.99
2. The Dirtbombs
3:07 $0.99
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4:18 $0.99
4. Open Your Eyes Space Cadet
2:17 $0.99
5. Drunk and Punches
1:51 $0.99
6. Inside
2:51 $0.99
7. Pale White Face
3:09 $0.99
8. Rise Above It
2:59 $0.99
9. Postcards From Outer Space
3:31 $0.99
10. Machine Gun Love
2:45 $0.99
11. Blue Shades to Midnight
2:33 $0.99
12. Motive
2:52 $0.99
13. Cold Touch
5:21 $0.99
14. Waiting
2:20 $0.99
15. Pay Attention
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fueled by a distaste for all that is mainstream, Mike Leporte decided to form his own one-man band as an outlet for a dizzying array of cosmic noise that sounds nothing like anything that anyone has ever done before. The name of this intriguing new project is Used Alien Mind, and that unique moniker is accompanied by plenty of unique noise.

Used Alien Mind's debut effort, Positive Mental Theme, is an otherworldly listening experience that does its best to showcase the range of Leporte's musical abilities. "Kid Mental" opens the album with a Ramones-esque blast of distorted punk rock that evokes memories of the genre's early days. But before you get settled into any sort of routine, along comes "The Dirtbombs." This track takes a more mid-tempo and shoe-gazing approach, concentrating less on energetic aggression and more on melodic atmospherics.

"Tomorrow Never Comes" slows things down even more, using little more than vocals, acoustic guitar, and a few spacey effects to get its point across. The spotlight shines solely on Leporte's skills as a songwriter, but those skills seem perfectly capable of withstanding any added pressure this may cause. And just when you thought the album was slowing down and settling in, you get rocked by "Open Your Eyes Space Cadet," an infectious and psychedelic track that sounds as though it came from beyond this world.

Things continue this way throughout the remaining eleven tracks, making for a musical rollercoaster ride that takes you through an array of moods, tempos, and atmospheres. It's a wildly exhilarating ride, and it shows you a variety of musical landscapes you have probably never heard before. By the time the album is finished, it could very well change the way you hear things from this point forward.

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Kevin Miller

If you were to mix the psychedelic structure of Soul Coughing with early Radiohead and run the guitar through a fuzzbox, you’ve got the idea of the general sound Used Alien Mind creates. Some tracks – “Kid Mental” and “Open Your Eyes Space Cadet” — have a loose indie rock-punk sound, while other tracks — “The Dirtbombs” and “Pale White Face” — are much more spacey and tranquil. The big disappointment here is that this project is all multitracked by a single person, Mike LePorte, so currently there is no chance of seeing Used Alien Mind play as a band. The upside is that this guy can compose a strong album on his own, handling the production and mixing. Also, he has a creative vision and determination to bring this project to life. Doors will open if he can find a few other people to join his quest and really unleash this high-energy monster. This album would play well on college rock radio stations and serves as good background party music. Not quite a masterpiece, but definitely worth a listen and a project to keep your eyes on.

-- Kevin Miller -- Art Scene Iowa magazine


I love hearing albums that take me by surprise. Who would imagine that an album by a band called Used Alien Mind would be as original and hokey-free as this? Sure, the influences on Positive Mental Theme run deep, but Used Alien Mind's Mike Leporte is able to maintain a unique perspective. Tracks like "Kid Mental" and "The Dirtbombs" reek of The Stooges -- they start slow but quickly jump with raw energy. Both tracks are among the album's best, and "Mental"'s stereotypical jaded loner lyrics ("Try so hard to be normal / All I get is the kid is mental") are innocent enough to be taken lightly. Several songs venture into shoegazer territory -- Jason Pierce is obviously an influence -- but Used Alien Mind's songs aren't accessible enough to compete.
Leporte's throwback mixture of old and new mostly works in his favor, however. The guitars are never overly blaring, and most of the music is lo-fi enough to attract discerning indie listeners. Perhaps on its next venture, Used Alien Mind might think about a proper producer -- the results could be outstanding.

 (DAC)--Space City Rock

the listener

There's some terrific moments on this CD, and none better than the opening track "Kid Mental", a bracing open-throated blast to give Brother JT a run for his money. And there's the dynamic slinkiness of "Inside", the ethereal psych-wanderings of "Postcards From Outer Space" and the Velvetsy "Machine Gun Love". If there's any problem it's in the lyrics which occasionally hit the mark but too often ramble off nowhere in particular and become a bit exposed by Mike Laporte's determination to keep singing long after the lyric has got a bit thin. The churning, moody backing tracks he sets up are often the best thing happening and maybe he should trust them to carry the song a little more when the lyrical inspiration runs dry. But overall this is good stuff and if the samples sound like something you might like then you probably will.

culture bunker e-zine

“Imagine having some really crazy hallucinogenic weekend with a space entity. You’d need some quality music, wouldn’t you, and Used Alien Mind’s Positive Mental Theme is the prescription. Throughout the fifteen songs, UAM’s Mike Leporte takes the listener into dark corners, sunlit playrooms, and interstellar journeys. Blanketing the songs in a 60s fuzz guitar and laying in programmed drums that emulate the droning momentum of Spiritualized, UAM aim for the third eye. This is music for headtripping.” – Culture Bunker

the designer

Dazzling! Fantastic!
I find Positive Mental Theme to be the breakthrough album of the music scene in Des Moines! The overall composition I find very interesting as it is totally independent. Two of my favorite tracks are actually the two acoustic tracks. I feel the vocals are much stronger in Tomorrow Never Comes and Inside. It was a good choice to include the acoustic tracks in an overall electrified album. The rhythmic textures of Blue Shades to Midnight are great. This album is perfect for late night driving. A must have for all insomniacs and caffeine freaks (perhaps a mix of both). Make sure to listen to the clips they’re a great intro to this album. Last words, Open Your Eyes Space Cadet... what a freak out!

The Producer

Positive mental theme is the necessary esoteric album for the 21st century!
Interesting tones, shapes, & colors lie within. Take a listen, then you will know. It is very highly recommended!