Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this morning’s Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be shining our gaze on an upcoming indie rock outfit from London - Moxie Kicks. The band has been enjoying a meteoric rise of sorts in the UK, having been lauded by Graham Norton and acclaimed producer Chris Potter, who worked with The Stones, U2, and Blur. (“Definitely a break out band for 2016,” he said.) Their new EP is ‘Double Down,’ and it’s due out April 8. Let’s dig right into it.
Moxie Kicks immediately draws to mind different pop rock outfits from England in the last decade and a half: the Wombats, the Kooks, perhaps even Oasis. The title track of the EP is a really sharply produced effort with tight harmonies, slick lead vocals, thunderous percussion, and a cataclysmic finale. It makes a bold statement right out of the gate. Is it lyrically a bit baseless? Perhaps. Is it very enjoyable? Definitely.
‘So Alive,’ while not immediately as catchy as its predecessor, may be a better song. It allows the band to explore some more interesting lyricism. ‘Double Down’ hits you in the face with a wham, bam, thank you, ma’am mentality. ‘So Alive’ is more subtle and it doesn’t necessarily hit you over the head with the same chorus like ‘Double Down.’
The instrumentation of ‘Rain’ may be my favorite of the record. The band’s got one hell of a drummer. He’s always in step, his fills are exceptional, and he’s the motor turning the machine. The drowned-out bridge toward the latter half of the song is eerily wonderful, too. ‘Without A Sound’ has some of the finer atmosphere, though, really toying with its soundscape’s boundaries to excellent effect.
Moxie Kicks are just as promising as people like Chris Potter claim they are. They’re also very poppy. That means you can’t get on their roller coaster looking for immense depth to your lyricism. It’s fun, catchy, feel-good music that I’m sure gets crowds moving at shows. It’s good to work out to, to dance to, or to jive to when you’re not looking for music that’s too serious or dark.
Follow Moxie Kicks online below and pre-orders for ‘Double Down’ go live March 29. The album drops April 5! They’ll be touring Europe, China, the Philippines, and possibly the US and Canada this year.
@MoxieKicks on Twitter