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Them Moose Rush - Don't Pick Your Noise review

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Band: Them Moose Rush
Album: Don't Pick Your Noise
Release date: March 2018

01. Voodoo Stones
02. Dumadu Honey
03. Sea Quince
04. Don't Pick Your Noise
05. Stupid Face
06. Lethal Dose Of Pretty
07. Anoie
08. Dreydribble
09. Radio Violence
10. Nevermind Openmind
11. Whim

How did this Cedric Bixler-Zavala project fly under so many people's radars?

Ok, I lied, Cedric Bixler-Zavala isn't part of this album, but you wouldn't have known that if you listened and I didn't tell you. In fact, this Croatian band sounds like the lovechild of The Mars Volta and Mr. Bungle, while still maintaining a unique approach.

Them Moose Rush are mostly progressive rock, but don't think of long epics and rehashes of the '70s here, as they drench their music in heavy post-hardcore and noise rock seasonings and a healthy dose of offbeat humour. So what we find here is quite absolute insanity - not really avant-garde insanity but insanity nonetheless.

Don't Pick Your Nose is full of short songs, or at least short by prog standards, since most of the songs are under 5 minutes, with the longest barely stepping over 6. And while the band doesn't really tread in pop waters, the music is insanely catchy, both because of Nikola Runjavec's infectious, screechy vocals and the ridiculously tight songwriting. Thus, the music manages to be technically complex at times, but never loses the humming-along factor. The band oozes confidence all over the record, and you're gonna feel it, damn it.

Geez, I have no more ways to say how infectious and energetic the music is, just listening to "A Lethal Dose Of Pretty" and the little "dududu" vocal line coupled with the funky bass should be enough, but nah, the album is full of memorable choruses (think "Radio Violence" for the best offender) and plenty of jams bordering either on psychedelic or on something like a Polvo record. And with a length of barely over 40 minutes, the album is just long enough to be packed with punch after punch of unorthodox prog and just short enough to not have any filler at all.

And sure, you can trace Them Moose Rush' influences quite clearly so you can't claim they're entirely original or anything, but in a genre oversaturated by Genesis and Dream Theater clones, damn right they feel like a breath of fresh air.

Go air-yourpreferredinstrument here

Reviewer note: I picked my nose in abundance when writing this review

Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Written on 05.04.2018 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


Comments: 3   [ 1 ignored ]   Visited by: 30 users
19.04.2018 - 17:09

This is easily my AOTY thus far, and I really don't expect it to be over taken...and this isn't even my normal thang...
20.04.2018 - 18:51
Written by barnesy on 19.04.2018 at 17:09

This is easily my AOTY thus far, and I really don't expect it to be over taken...and this isn't even my normal thang...

I was a bit afraid this album would go unnoticed seeing how it was my only front page review without any comments
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20.04.2018 - 21:08

Yes this is a talented great band! I'm a fan. Thanks for the review! I wouldn't have checked this out otherwise.

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