Mister Metaphor formed in Sacramento California in 2001. Members include Ben Edrington (guitar, vocals), Justin Goings (drums), Ryan Rake (bass), and Mike Sparks (guitar, vocals). The band toured extensively and played alongside bands such as Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Walkmen, Nada Surf, The Joggers, and more. Though Mister Metaphor has been on an extended hiatus, the music still has a passionate following today, appreciated for its post jazz/prog rock complexity and unique energy.
Mister Metaphor has been described as:
"...there are the Brit-tinged, belted-out vocals, the frenetic drumming with fills that should never be thought of, yet alone put to tape, and the dueling guitar machismo that gave the band its following in the first place. Speaking of dueling, the biggest draw to Mister Metaphor is the interplay of the two guitarists / vocalists, played here by Mike Sparks and Ben Edrington. While their vocal styles are very similar, they seem intent on battling for supremacy on every song. Their guitar sound is very similar, but different enough to allow for a conflict to arise in nearly every track they record. It's this constant give-and-take mentality, this defiant camaraderie that helps to give Mister Metaphor its identity, to make it more than just a very good band, to take it to [incalculable] heights." - Ben Rice, Decoy Music
"Lighter math rock fare, Mister Metaphor wins me over by subtle nuance and change that appears effortless, but is well designed to a critical degree. It is this attention to detail that sets this band apart from any other band I could name...Every instrument shines in the production, as the drums consistently reign in the other parts and transition the various rhythms with tact and accuracy. The guitars support those quick changes within each song, never appearing to repeat themselves and continually creating distinct parts to blend into the whole. The bass holds its own in this barrage of music, tying itself to the drums when necessary and accenting the bare parts at other times. Vocals fit the material nicely, providing well placed trills and memorable lines, but it is the addition of backing vocals at specific places that put it above and beyond, as in The Gloaming." - Bishop, Hybrid Magazine
“The Gloaming...is hands down the best thing on the EP. This is what The Smiths might have done had they been born 20 years later. When they come to the break down of 'it’s not a question of faith / cause god knows I’ve set that record straight' I had the urge to hug my copies of Hatful of Hollow and The Queen is Dead." - emcphail, DOA adequacy.net