Robar Music [Release date 02.02.17]
Harking back to the early 1990′s, some of us will remember a band called Horse (The Same Sky, God’s Home Movie) whose singer Jane ‘Horse’ McDonald had something of a unique vocal style sitting somewhere between Annie Lennox and Alison Moyet.
Now you might think ‘what’s that got to do with a Manchester 4 piece rock band fronted by a girl from Bermuda?’ Well, vocalist Mia Page has those same soulful tones, but in the case of Mohawk Radio fronting an altogether more explosive proposition.
Shoot From The Hip is the follow up to the band’s 2014 debut EP Halfway To Heaven, and one they regard as defining their sound. It kicks off, literally, with the lead single ‘On Your Knees’ – a driving Beth Hart-style rocker. It’s an impressive statement of intent.
‘Eyes Wide Shut’ with its throbbing bass line, soulful swooping vocals, and big hooks is an obvious crowd pleaser, ‘Ready To Love’ – a power ballad – showcases a softer side, ‘Even’ strays towards crunchy pop/rock, and ‘Deserve’ is another swaggering number but seems to fade prematurely – just when you feel it should kick up an extra gear.
But it’s not just Mia that reminds of the late 1980′s/early 1990′s. Musically Mohawk Radio aren’t that far removed from the likes of Gun, who had a hugely underrated album Takin’ On The Word in 1989.
I’m not entirely sure what the appetite is for this cultured style of pop/ rock on the current scene – and there’s still some fine tuning needed – but there’s no question that in Mia Page, Mohawk Radio have a quite unique talent. Ones to watch. ***1/2
Review by Pete Whalley
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