Album review: THE MOLOCHS – America’s Velvet Glory

Innovative Leisure Records Release date 13.01.17]

Let’s say you are relaxing on your back porch in your favourite soft chair. Overlooking the shimmering ocean. Bathed in warm afternoon sunshine. Probably in Southern California. The sky is starting to turn a soft orange/yellow colour as the sun plans its descent to the horizon. Maybe a cold beer is close by? Well, The Moloch’s America’s Velvet Glory would be the perfect soundtrack.

From the first punchy track “Ten Thousand”, with a strong mix of guitar and organ riffs, to the concluding track “You Never Learn”, the afternoon would be seriously enhanced. The only possible problem, is that it would be tempting to get up out of the comfy chair and shuffle the feet to “No More Crying”.

There are clearly many influences here. Everything from 60s garage rock “No Control”, to Byrds like jangles “The One I Love”, a hint of shoegaze “That’s The Trouble With You”, psychedelia “Little Stars”, early Stones “No More Cryin” and the powerful indie rock “You And Me”. Something for everyone.

The album works well and flows effortlessly. At a maximum of 3 ½ mins, none of the songs outstay their welcome. Catchy guitar riffs intermingle successfully with organ and harmonica.

The Molochs have taken apart 60s Americana rock and reconstructed it. Fortunately for us, that’s a very good thing. ****

Review by Simon Harvey

Recommended tracks: You and Me, That’s The Trouble With You

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