The Rhythm Bullies seems to be only one man named Sebastian Mogan. According to the press release I received “The Rhythm Bullies marks a total musical re-invention and dynamic, sonically progressive path forward for Sebastian Mogan, the Nashville based singer, songwriter and guitarist had some initial hesitations making his unusual disability part of the story. And when folks get hip to the Bullies’ explosive and transformational The Dysnomia EP, they may not care that he has a rare genetic disorder called NF2.” Apparently this disorder affects sound so I was interested to hear his music.
There are five songs but there’s not much cohesion from track to track. Take for instance “Dysnomia” which is a pretty straightforward rock tune that is catchy and fun. The song contains some fuzzy bass, driving drums, guitar and synths. It felt like the most single worthy in the batch. The chorus is great.
Next up is “Escape From Dysnomia” where the style and mood almost completely changes. This is basically an instrumental electronic track. It’s cerebral, moody and pensive. Towards the end the song gets very thematic and cinematic with sweeping strings. There’s a bit of Bjork type of vibe.
“So Far Away” is more folk based. He brings out an acoustic guitar and it sounds good. As the song progresses it gets more psychedelic and Pink Floyd came to mind. “Theo” goes back into rock mode and is another catchy tune that felt single worthy. I thought the percussion sounded tip top. The are some blaring guitars solos as well.
Last up is “Through the Glass” which is very clearly based on Eastern style music. This is another major departure in terms of style for the artist. There’s some accordion which was legit and the increase in BPM was fun.
I liked the individual songs but I can’t say I have a grasp on his signature sound since the styles are so varied. For example, I wouldn’t recognize one new song of his based on this EP.
Overall, this is a solid release. The artist seems to experimenting but pulls off what he attempts. I look forward to his next move.
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