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Moriaty - The Lord Blackwood EP

EP Review: Moriaty – The Lord Blackwood EP

Every now and then you happen upon a band that stops you in your tracks.  It’s a rare moment and always an absolute joy.  These moments last forever.  I’ll always remember the first time I heard the likes of The Beatles, Nirvana, Oasis…you get the picture.  Now while not quite in the realms of that heady company just yet, blossoming Devon duo Moriaty gave me one of those moments a few weeks ago when I saw them play at Bunters alongside Wet Nuns and The Sea in a night of 2-piece only acts.  It just so happens I saw a lot of one of my favourite bands (The Black Keys) in Moriaty.  Playing live they have such an impressive wall of sound that hits you like a rampaging herd of wildebeest.  It’s dirty, fuzzed to the eyeballs with romping ball breakingly handsome blues riffs a-plenty, tied down with genius percussion, slick vocals and snazzy suits.

Committed to disc the fervor of the live show diminishes somewhat as would totally be expected but it’s still a mighty impressive debut.  The Sherlock Holmes themed title ‘The Lord Blackwood EP‘ plays nicely with the band’s name, and is a showcase in 4 songs what this band is capable of.  The prospect of what might be on the horizon for Moriaty is mouth-watering.  Not only do they cover the territory trod by bands like ‘TBK’ and The White Stripes but such is the versatility Moriaty they even have the chops to pull off southern rock styles a-la Kings Of Leon in the gorgeous ‘One For The Mothers‘.

I’m getting ahead of myself let’s go back to the beginning with the opening and title track ‘Lord Blackwood‘.  It’s a face melter live and the studio version pulls no punches either.  Straight into Jack White territory with a great intro the song is un-relentless with pounding drums, killer hooks and an underlying rhythm that draws you in before going for the jugular. 

The pace is slowed for a brief moment with second track ‘No Shoes‘ but don’t let your guard down as this one still oozes quality and the chorus is a happy marriage of their southern rock and fuzzed up influences.

Back to face melting again for ‘Caddyshack (I Won’t Miss You) throughout it has a great choppy beat to it which stomps along like an angry Corinshman at a barn dance.

The afore-mentioned ‘One For The Mothers‘ brings the EP to a close in style.  The diversity on offer within this offering is impressive, but it’s the continuity on show despite the differing styles that lifts it above the ordinary run of the mill bands that would be happy with just one sound.

Moriaty….I like the cut of your jib boys, keep it up and here’s looking forward to the next EP which hopefully won’t be too long in the making.

1. Lord Blackwood
2. No Shoes
3. Caddyshack (I Won’t Miss You)
4. One For The Mothers

You can keep tabs on Moriaty at their FB Page here: https://www.facebook.com/moriatysounds

The EP is available on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lord-blackwood-ep/id458527064

Here’s a few videos we shot of Moriaty at Bunters along with their official videos.  Please have a watch and make sure you support this fantastic LOCAL band.

Caddyshack live at B-Side @ Bunters, Truro

Tell Me live at B-Side @ Bunters, Truro

One For The Mothers – Moriaty official video (filmed the day of the Bunters gig!)

Jealousmotherfucker (New Song) live at B-Side @ Bunters, Truro

Clean Slate Music Albums of the Year: 24-15

Clean Slate Music Albums of 2011: 24-15

The list continues:

24. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

A solid album with the magic Coldplay touch.  But the same problem exists here as in their last 3 albums nothing is as good as on their first 2 albums.

23. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

This one would probably have been higher if I had listened to it more.  A great album and deserving of the Mercury Music Prize looking at what the other nominees produced.

22. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

As above, would have been higher if it’d been given more of a listen, but other albums edged this one out in terms of listenability.

21. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

Saw these guys in May supporting the Manics in Cardiff.  They make a great racket, slightly clichéd live show with the instrument smashing etc (how 1992) Have a feeling the bands second album will be sensational.

20. Guillemots – Walk The River

It didn’t have the energy of Red, but it added a new dimension to the Guillemots.  And let’s face it not many singers in the UK can match Fyfe Dangerfield’s beautiful tones.

19. The Black Keys – El Camino

It’s only just out and for this keeps it lower down the order, but The Black Keys just know how to deliver.  It’s a bit poppier than the dirty blues soaked Brothers but still as infectious as ever.

18. Noel Gallagher – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The album we all wanted from the Chief.  Some complain that it sounds like Oasis, but why wouldn’t it, as NG penned all the songs that matter for them.  He’s not going to change his style to go solo.

17. New Found Glory – Radiosurgery

The Florida pop punk quintet return once again to show the world how it’s done.  Keeping the same formula as Not Without A Fight in returning to their core sound there are no real surprises here, but it’s still a gem of an album.

16. Adele – 21

There’s no denying Adele’s second album was an absolute triumph.  Some will hate her just because she’s popular, but what a voice and she seems to have found her true sound.

15. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

Devon’s own Ben Howard delivered a great debut, full of many familiar songs if you’ve seen him over the past 2 years.  If the size of venue for his next tour is anything to go by, people are loving his work.