Excellent, OK EP

by Mowbird

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Newspapers yesterday, among other pointless things, heralded the imminent arrival of HD radio.

Mowbird are a band this news is likely to pass by without as much as a shrug.

Gloriously lo-fi Fugazi indebted surf punk has a flagrant disregard, it would seem, for production techniques.

Mowbird are very now.

It is unfortunate yet predictable, then, that they find themselves at the back of a queue headed by Best Coast, Wavves, Lovvers and other bands with unnecessary consonants.

Undeservedly so, because the Wrexham band's Excellent, OK is four tracks it is very difficult to see yourself becoming bored of.

Slacker pop with the onus squarely on the pop side of the genre. The short record whistles by far too quickly amid a squall of distorted vocals, overdriven guitars and barely there production.

Oh Susan is a typical but brilliant study in lust and self-doubt.

The youthful bombast of the music is counteracted beautifully as the frontman sings; 'I can't compete, with him.' Like the Ramones, if they had recorded in a shed.

One of the joys of new music is everything sounding so primal but foetal. Whether this be intentional or not.

Within Mowbird's ramshackle exercise in pop brilliance lies their charm.

Daily Post, Nov 2010.


released November 1, 2010



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