Category Archives: MOON RECORD REVIEWS

Record Review: Trench Party, ‘Decadence’

Some albums play better right between your ears than they do on speakers. Trench Party’s latest release, Decadence is such an album. Trench Party, the solo project of Jake Cook, made a record that oozes with personality and heart in a manner better absorbed with earphones that physically connect you to the sonic waves that carry Cook into your head. The music isn’t profoundly impressive, mostly comprised of a guitar and some scattered percussion. Nor are the songs groundbreaking or necessarily sung in tune. But, I’ve been compelled to play Decadence repeatedly on my iPod, because it is real. It’s raw, it’s personal, it’s comedy, it’s touching, it’s unashamed and it’s honest.

Throughout the 20-track album, you get a sense that Cook has no choice other than to make this music. He injects so much of himself into the recordings and lyrics that he and the songs become interconnected, exuding the sense that you’re getting to know him as you listen. Elements of ridiculous are softened by warm guitar tones, depressing lyrics are masked by peppy riffs and a bouncing chorus, love songs are about laughter, and anxiety becomes an object of affection. He’s neurotic and obnoxious, but Continue reading “Record Review: Trench Party, ‘Decadence’” »

Record Review: Shathouse Rats ‘Blood On Yer Shoes’

Dark, raw, and sinister, Shathouse Rats puts a bluesy spin on dixie-tinged garage rock, laden with psychedelic reverb, a raging organ, and the essence of  untamed voodoo rock. Blood on Yer Shoes is a thoroughly uninhibited 6-song experience that comforts the dark corners of your soul, inviting you to dance with your demons without fear of getting “blood on your shoes.”

“Roshambo” explodes as the opening track, like a ferocious climax, with Matt Shat’s unrelenting energy spewing forth through savage vocals, while the keyboard swells and swirls between prominent, deep bass lines and a steadying tambourine. “Die Alone” begins to slow, just enough to maintain a sonic haze, while thunder roars in the background of Shat chanting, “No matter where you go, you’re going to die alone.” The moody and somber, “Stomp Splatter Spew” revels in the shadows of love, Continue reading “Record Review: Shathouse Rats ‘Blood On Yer Shoes’” »

The Head Talk ‘Stockwood’

The Head are a young Atlanta band that present an old-school, piano-driven power-pop sound delivered by Jacob Morrell (guitar) and twin bros, Mike (piano, bass, lead vox) and Jack Shaw (drums, lead vox). The group will be releasing a new EP on January 18, named Stockwood, with a pre-release party going down January 15 at The Vinyl. Stockwood is a 3-song preview of the upcoming full-length album set for release in May 2011.

The title track, “Stockwood” is a little bit Ben Folds, a little bit Elton John, and highly reminiscent of Jellyfish or The Posies with dynamic changes in song structure from start to finish and an upbeat, melodic backbone that keeps the energy up. When asked what the title song refers to, Jack Shaw revealed that it’s just the word “Woodstock” switched from back to front and, “There’s no connection between the song and the event of Woodstock. It’s just a crazy title for Continue reading “The Head Talk ‘Stockwood’” »

Record Review: McNary ‘Pure Night Air’

McNary’s debut solo EP, Pure Night Air, is a soundtrack for lovers in love, lovers in pain, or anyone that hasn’t given up on love. It’s an album to play in a candlelit room or a long, reflective drive through the mountains. McNary is relentless in his optimistic vision of beauty and affection throughout the 6 track record, maintaining a rich acoustic ensemble, including piano, strings, banjo, and accordion, as the musical canvas.

The album features the contributions of a slew of Atlanta musicians. Opening track, “Basking” has an alluring melody that shines with the vocal arrangements Continue reading “Record Review: McNary ‘Pure Night Air’” »

Record Review: Free Ticket ‘All Thumbs’

Allusions to the magnificence of rivers, mountains, and trees is prominent on the debut album, All Thumbs, from Atlanta band Free Ticket. This imagery is magnified by the dreamy, hazy atmosphere created by guitar reverb, steady drumming, and hypnotic, albeit slightly monotone vocals.

The theme of the record seems to revolve around having to take the bad with the good, or that the darkness is as influential in our being as is the light. The concept of duality is imitated in song as the music moves from airy and mesmerizing to frantic, psychedelic, and unrestrained. These transitions act to Continue reading “Record Review: Free Ticket ‘All Thumbs’” »