Mango is a band from New Orleans, LA. The band consists of Chris Booth, Mikey Whalen, Zachary Thomas and Chris Horchler. They recently released Slug Patrol EP. Their music is a relaxing mix of indie rock, garage rock and surf rock for the most part. A couple of the bands that are in the same wheelhouse are The Strokes and Vampire Weekend.
They open with “I Don't Know Nothin'” which is a very catchy song in a number of ways. The guitar and vocal melodies both feel memorable and infectious. It's a song you could imagine being played while having lunch by the beach in Hawaii. The mood is just soothing where you can release your worries.
Up next is “Dark P Dolby” which is just as delightful. The two guitars really work well off each other playing distinct parts that happen to gel together really well. I also have to give kudos to the rhythm section who keeps the spine of the song intact.
“Little Havana” builds further on the sound the band is establishing. The drum and bass build a very sturdy groove for the guitar to be able to solo and really sink into individual notes. I also loved the consistent wooden block percussion element.
The band felt a little more like a straightforward indie rock band not unlike The Strokes on “Charles The Dreamer” while “Filbert” is an upbeat highlight with a repeat worthy chorus. “Tell Me If It's Going To Be A While” has its roots in ’50s style pop like “Teen Angel.”. They close with the title track “Slug Patrol” which is one of the more vibrant and high energy songs.
I really loved this band's sound. In fact, I thought the songwriting and delivery was sharp and really well done. On that note the only aspect which fell a little short was the recording quality. It was lo-fi even for lo-fi. Suffice it to say I would love to hear studio quality recordings at some point.
This was a pleasure to listen to and I hope to hear some more music from the band. Recommended.
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