The Multi-Purpose Solution

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The Multi-Purpose Solution
The Multi-Purpose Solution live.jpg
The Multi-Purpose Solution performing live at The Lumberyard in Nutley, New Jersey 2013.
Background information
OriginJersey City, New Jersey
GenresRock, art punk
Years active1999 (1999)
LabelsMint 400 Records
MembersDave Caldwell
Alan Ten Hoeve
Stephen Mejias
Dan Prochilo
Pete Prochilo

The Multi-Purpose Solution are a five-piece rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey signed to Mint 400 Records.[1] Their music has been characterized by guttural vocals and piercing guitars.[2]


In 1999 guitarist Stephen Mejias and vocalist Pete Prochilo met while studying abroad in England, both college seniors attending Fairleigh Dickinson University. Upon returning to the United States, the two enlisted Prochilo's brother Dan Prochilo and friend Dave Caldwell. The Multi-Purpose Solution were a four-piece band for several years before recruiting their friend Alan Ten Hoeve, a bass-player.[3] According to Mejias, shortly after Hoeve joined they began focusing more on songwriting, practicing at an all-purpose space in Jersey City and playing local venues, such as Hoboken's Maxwell's.[3][4] Between 2001 and 2005 The Multi-Purpose Solution released a few EPs and two full-length albums and they appeared on the Weird NJ compilation Local Heroes, Villains, and Artists in 2004.[5] They released How Can a Man Be Tougher Than the World? in 2005, considered by The Star-Ledger's Tris McCall to be The Multi-Purpose Solution's "moody, deranged magnum opus."[1] Later that year, the members took a hiatus,[3] playing their last show for five years in 2006.[5]

In November 2011, The Multi-Purpose Solution reunited to play Maxwells with several other Mint 400 acts.[5][3] They appeared on Mint 400 Records 2013 compilation of the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, covering "Sloop John B."[2]


  • the mps (2001)
  • In Bed (2002)
  • How Can a Man Be Tougher Than the World? (2005)


Online sources[edit]

  • Hortillosa, Summer Dawn (26 October 2011), "Band with Jersey City roots reunites to find 'Multi-Purpose Solution' for Hoboken concert", The Jersey Journal, retrieved 27 August 2014
  • McCall, Tris (14 January 2011), "CD reviews: The Decemberists, Shilpa Ray, The Multi-Purpose Solution, Carl Orff", The Star-Ledger, retrieved 28 August 2014
  • Mejias, Stephen (2 November 2011), "The Multi-Purpose Solution: Live at Maxwell's", Stereophile, retrieved 27 August 2014
  • "The Beach Boys Pet Sounds performed by The Mint 400 Roster", Pirate! Radio, Pirate! Promotion and Management, 11 May 2013, retrieved 27 August 2014
  • "On the Towns; Going Out", The New York Times, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., 28 September 2003, retrieved 27 August 2014

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