Click here to eIt's often the case that band mates are friends before becoming a band. That's the case with Ben George (guitar/vocals), and Bernard Hickey (bass/vocals). The long time friends recruited Simon Dwyer (drums) to form Mosey Jokers. They recently released Smoke, which is a five-song EP that can simply be classified as rock that has a proclivity for grunge.
The trio marks grunge demi-gods Alice in Chains and the lesser known The Melvins as influences and you can hear it in the songs. They start off with “Hanging with the Bats” which contains that warm, crunchy distortion that made you fall in love with grunge. The song is straightforward relying on standard verse, chorus, verse songwriting without going into anything unpredictable. It’s a solid song that is well delivered.
The energy slightly picks up on “Roadburn” which solidifies the band's sound. It’s standard grunge taken from the handbook. The lyrics have a bit attitude. The vocalist sings “Here we sit, all in our tomb / nowhere, nowhere. Nowhere to move / full of rage, hell yeah. investigate / hate you while hating me. / the way that its meant to be.”.The song comes with a raging guitar solo.
As the EP progresses the band continues with a similar consistent sound. “Don’t ask” does a sufficient amount of rocking while “Led Balloon (Draw the Line)” is arguably the catchiest song of the batch. They close with the title track, which could be the single.
Mosey Jokers is a solid band but I can’t say they are reinventing the wheel in any way. If you yearn for more ‘90s grunge/alternative in your life this will be your ticket.
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