MOSSBREAKER- Between the Noise and You
While unabashedly inspired by the alternative rock sounds of the 90s (there’s even a Ken Andrews guest appearance), Mossbreaker do such a close impression of the genre on their debut that it could almost be a parody. From the beginning to the end of ‘Between the Noise…’ though, there’s enough honesty, care and quality to instead mark out the Los Angeles outfit as a new, old-sounding band to watch. ‘Dissolve’ is a hazy, shogazey but muscular ode to loss, ‘Shamer’ is a dreamy, latter-day-Deftones-esque number, and ‘Dramamine’, perhaps the best thing here, is melodic, lush, and destined to play over the end credits of a movie that hasn’t been made yet. If the likes of Failure and Hum have never float your boat then there’s likely nothing for you here and some of the songs do tend to blend after a while but Mossbreaker’s formula is an eminently listenable one. Here’s hoping for many more chances.