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And rather than throwing some self-aggrandizing farewell, MU330 is fine with its current play-when-we-can approach. "I never saw a reason to break up," says Potthast. "We are all friends and like to play music together, so why call it over? How many shows a year do we need to play to be called a band?" Potthast says. "There are no rules."

Roughly 25 years later, Moll and his wife and two children live in the very same house where MU330 stumbled through its first practices. The same basement Grandma Marcella graciously offered up to Moll and his teenage buddies now serves as a cozy rehearsal space and serviceable recording studio for Moll and some of those guys who were causing a racket down there as teens.

MU330 and Bagheera — Moll's haunted, space-pop project he plays in with his wife, Heather — now record all of their output in his self-built basement studio. According to Moll, back in 2006, MU actually recorded an album's worth of material there, a collection of songs that are all about monsters. "The Monsters album may end up being like our SMiLE, [the Beach Boys' long-delayed opus]" Moll half-jokes.

MU330: Still keeping the beat two decades later.
Dave Probst
MU330: Still keeping the beat two decades later.

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The Firebird

2706 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

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MU330 with Cross Examination and Holy Shakes
10 p.m. Saturday, December 31.
The Firebird. 2706 Olive Street.
$12 to $15. 314-535-0353.

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It would only be fitting that the band's last official album be recorded in the room where Moll and Potthast first learned how to play music together. And it's fair to say that on New Year's Eve, Grandma Marcella will be smiling down on MU330 as the band rips through its now-trademarked, caffeine-induced, hyper-ska blend. 

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