There’s something in the water again.
Two bands pop up, unrelated, making music that mirrors the other – both cool, both in the same field.
Last month it was Kingdom of Crows, with their very satisfying dark gothy, indie rock. This month it’s Mother Mooch who do broadly the same thing, and are no less enjoyable.
What’s with all this amazing 90s worship? I hope the bands keep at it and that more join them.
The Dublin band call it fuzz rock, which I guess is true to a point. But there more prominent influences here are from The Cure, Therapy?, Killing Joke and even the likes of Slowdive or Sneaker Pimps.
Singer Chloë Ní Dhúada hangs about the lower ends of her register, sounding restrained for the most part with a cool detachment rather than any true rock abandon, but her particular style does have its own personality.
‘My Song 21’ is solid, simple pop / hard rock number that’s hard to fault, but the band show more depth in the heavily Cure influenced ‘Into The Water’.
The Fuzz Rock thing probably would be the best way to describe the excellent ‘Misery Hill’ with its backward bent groove, and again Chloe’s detachment sort of adds to the attitude.
I would however like to hear her actually sing, sing loud and with melody. Her take here is one of a character rather than a musician as such. That’s not meant as an insult by the way – I’m sure she’s accomplished – but what this band needs is to hear her explore a wider range and let go a bit more to really sing a melody line.
Maybe some more reverb on her might just help it all sail a bit more as well. ‘Out On The Western Plane’ actually addresses this, and with its psychedelic guitar effects, its one of the best tracks on here for sure.
To sum up, it’s good honest atmos-rock. It doesn’t want for any more complication than that. Harmonies on the vocal are sorely needed from another band member just to lift it all a notch and add richness, but the right ingredients are there.
I’d say they really come alive on stage, and they’re ones to watch if they can put in a bit of refinement to the rough edges here. But refine they must, if they’re to really go anywhere.
– Earl Grey ::: 19/12/15