Wired All Wrong


“What the fuck?!” said Matt Mahaffey to the roomful of friends and family who came to see the premier of his sElf video but instead accidentally saw God Lives Underwater on MTV’s 120 Minutes.

“At least it’s cool,” said Jeff Turzo as he simultaneously sat waiting for the God Lives Underwater video to air on the same show and found himself watching the sElf video.

And that’s how Jeff Turzo(God Lives Underwater) & Matt Mahaffey (sElf) met with improper crediting on both accounts.

"They said that we were "God Lives" & that they were "sElf", says Mahaffey. "Story of our lives...", says Turzo.

Luckily, they were fans of one another’s music.

Matt Mahaffey under the moniker of sElf has released 4 albums on various labels & 4 albums free via his web-site. 1995's Zoo Entertainment release saw the singles "Cannon" & "So Low" with videos by Jesse Peretz, known for his mentos homage in the Foo Fighters "Big Me" video. 1997's Spongebath release "The Half-Baked Serenade" spawned K-ROQ's Halloween favorite "kidDies", in which Mahaffey suggests, "let's go trick-or treatin' dressed up like Marilyn Manson". In 1999, Matt decided to simultaneously release 2 albums, Dreamworks records "Breakfast With Girls", & Spongebath's "Gizmodgery", an album recorded entirely on children's toys. The latter being deemed a cult classic by his fans.

While Matt was crafting his first sElf release in rural Tennessee,
backwoods Pennsylvania saw Jeff with partner David Reilly turning their
similarly breakbeat inspired tunes into God Lives Underwater. In 1995
they released an EP followed immediately by the full length 'Empty'.
The band toured extensively until 1998 when they returned to the studio
to record 1998's 'Life in the So-Called Space Age' and to oversee the
production and release of the Depeche Mode Tribute For the Masses to
which sElf contributed. The Final God Lives Underwater record Up Off
the Floor was recorded in 2000 with producer and mixer of the majority
of Break Out the Battle Tapes, Sean Beavan.

With the unexpected deaths -- in the same year -- of David Reilly, Turzo’s Counterpart in GLU, and Mike Mahaffey, Mahaffey’s brother and writing partner, what was inevitable became imminent.

Consciously or not, you have definitely heard these guys rock you over the years. Aside from GLU, Turzo has done anything and everything from the majority of programming on Paul Oakenfold's "Ready, Steady, Go!" to countless remixes for artists such as Rob Zombie, Bloodhound Gang, Lords of Acid, Korn, & Smashmouth. Not to mention the breakbeat sample c.d. he released, 1999's Multitrack Murderer, in which songs are written over daily, all over the world.
And Mahaffey’s credits include his production additions to everyone from Beyonce to Phantom Planet. And when you sang “Expedia-dot-com”, you were quoting Mahaffey’s tagline, which was played ubiquitously and ad nauseam for the last five years.

Then came Wired All Wrong, which was initially Turzo's baby. "The idea was to have a different vocalist on each song, to be a collection of styles all thrown together over the common ground of my tracks," says Turzo. "Jeff & I were social, I knew about the project, but he never asked me to contribute, probably due to the fact that I had a record coming out with sElf & was really trying hard to get it into people's hands at the time" says Matt. "Well, after the collapse of Dreamworks Records (sElf's record label at the time) into Universal, I approached him. He gave me a c.d. of about ten instrumentals, I chose one, & returned with a song called "Let Me Go"."

That’s all brother. A dozen songs later, Jeff has yet to return to his original plan. Now, crafting beats in his home studio & uploading them to Mahaffey's studio for vocals & additional production, the boys have still yet to work in the same room together; that is, when it comes to Wired All Wrong Quasi-agoraphophobia aside, Which is not to say that they can't. In Addition to "Break Out The Battletapes", August 2006 will also see Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, the 1st full-length from Hellogoodbye & the first outside production for Wired All Wrong, yes, working in the same room together.

I encourage you to find any other artists on the map that share Wired All Wrong's dedication to their craft. Sure, bands record & re-record their songs, & slave over their production, but do they literally build custom studio gear to do it? Nope.... Jeff Turzo does. Do bands give away free music on the internet? Sure they do, one or two songs, tops.... Matt Mahaffey has given away more free music on the internet than any other songwriter to date. Together, Matt & Jeff as Wired All Wrong are doper, in all facets, than any other fools you will ever come across. This is scientific-fucking-fact.

Johnny Fascination