Sunday, June 29, 2014

EP Review: ‘Spinning’ by Mosey Jones

Title:  Spinning (BandCamp)
Artist:  Mosey Jones (Facebook, Tumblr, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Mosey Jones’ latest EP Spinning is a fun, four-song romp of ‘90s influenced punk/indie rock.  Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the power trio has been playing music, seriously at least, since 2011 having released a full-length record, a live album, and four EPs.  Spinning’s four songs are catchy and fun power pop that sounds like it was born from a steady diet of The Rentals, that dog, Guided By Voices, and Sunny Day Real Estate.  The record’s standout moment is “How The Turntables” with its dual lead vocals provided by guitarist/vocalist Eamon McMullen and drummer/vocalist Caitlin McMullen.  The backbone of the EP is Eamon’s slightly snotty (but not in a Billie Joe Armstrong kind of way) vocals and lazy, fuzzy guitar work the combination of both create a vibe that is easy going and relaxed while fun counterbalancing the often dark and pained lyrics.  The EP’s closing track “Hello, Again” is another standout, with its upbeat riff and hook. 

With the nostalgia of the 1990s in full swing, there are plenty of bands that do the slacker and flannel influence well (see the likes of Broadcaster, Candy Hearts, Great Cynics, and Cheap Girls) and then there are bands that don’t (see the plethora of hipster indie bands trying to do the fuzz, garage, shoegaze thing).  Mosey Jones is certainly in the former category.  Spinning is a fun and tight four-song EP that showcases a young band with a lot of potential.  I can’t wait to see what they do next.

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