26 May 2015

Moose Blood - I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time

Some bands seem to get a lot of hype and praise; out of nowhere they spring and the world start to go weak at the knees at the thought of them.  At the moment, a lot of the people I know are going cross eyed over a band called Moose Blood from Canterbury in Kent (UK).  It seems that a lot of American's are also falling for their charm as their first album reached 45 in the Billboard Heatseekers chart.  Now these guys have been going from 2012, they are gaining a stunning live reputation and since they released this album in October 2014 it seems as if they can do no wrong.  However, the band will be judged on their music so let us see what all the fuss is about.

The first track is called "Cherry" which starts with an acoustic guitar and a tale about the life which has been laid out before the singer of the song, it reminds me a bit of the band Brand New and Plain White T-Shirt; it is a gentle, strangely bared song which cannot accept the way that their young life it turning out.  "Anyway" finds the band in reflective mood and this tale about family and change is well put together, it does feel like a more mature version of the band Home Grown and that suits me just fine.  The band sound really good on this song and the song just screams for a summer's day and the party to be flowing.  The third track is called "I Hope You're Missing Me" and the first love of your life (or the first girl (the singer says girl, but the genre could be changed for personal preference) you have relations with); it starts slowly and has that similar wistful melancholia that I tend to associated with The Ataris, with the sense of wanting things to be like they were at the start of the relationship and the discovering of how the person works before they had left and came back. 

"Chin Up" seems to be dealing with the loss of a father and dealing with the emotional baggage that goes along with it.  The wishing you had been there more, the tributes that are made, the touching of photos of the person; it is stuff that truly makes sense once you have been in a similar situation, it is a moving tribute to a parent who has passed on.  "Boston" is the fifth song of the album, the song is dealing with the end of a relationship and the physical and emotional betrayal that is felt by the singer; the packing up of the bags and leaving behind that person you once loved but cannot forgive.  It is done again that emotive punk, done really well and matching the lyrics very well.  "Gum" is the first song which does not quite reach the emotive level that has been achieved by the other songs.  It is a song about wanting to spend the night with a loved one and smoking too much.  It is performed well once again, but the song just does not quite gel together for me and it drifts past each time without making much of an impression.  The next song is called "Pups" that once again deals with the father/son relationship; this time with the fun parts of the dynamic and just enjoying the company of the other.  It is a touching tribute once again and it makes the listener smile at the silly stories which obviously come from the heart.

"Swim Down" is another relationship song and the aftermath of an argument in which neither person is helping the other with their actions.  It is one of the better songs on this record and they nail the emotive side of things with a great piece of music that shows one of the reasons that this band have been doing so well and gaining that live reputation over the last few years. "Bukowski" is the next track and it is actually a hopeful song about growing up a bit and the first parts of a relationship, this is the song of the album and it nails together all the parts of this band into one of the best emo songs I have heard which was not wrote by Jonah Matranga.  The more you listen, the more the words sink in and the more it grows in front of your eyes.  The penultimate song is called "Kelly Kapowski" and it is about the one who got away;  it is another well crafted song with lyrics of regret and a pop/emo punk riff that shows the band are able to match the attention that is being given to them.  It also guides us onto the last song of the album called "I Hope You're Miserable" where everything starts to feel as if the emotion has finally got to the band and the more bitter side of a break up is revealed and the desire for the winter time to match the mood is unleashed.  It is a great song and it is ends the album on a dramatic moment.

Depending on how much you like (or can stand) emotional punk and all the baggage that comes with that genre will pretty much guarantee who you feel about this album.  It is a very Marmite album (i.e. you will either love or hate it - there is no middle ground).  The songs are all to the point and do not outstay their welcome, they wear their heart on their sleeve on each song and it is well produced and performed.  With only track not setting the world on fire, I can truly see why this band are gathering their reputation.  But if you are not a fan of emo rock and post hardcore punk then this will not be your cup of tea; but if your like me and you appreciate it for what it is, then enjoy this album - this could be the soundtrack to a lot of people's summer nights.

7.5 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check

Top track - Bukowski

You can purchase the album from Amazon here

You can follow the Moose Blood activities here on Facebook (with links to their other websites as well)

You can stream the album from Spotify here

If Deezer is your service of choice, here is a link for you

For fans of Tidal, here is a link for you

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