A new force in rock ready to be reckoned with, Marisa And The Moths are taking the grunge rock scene by storm, and their self-titled release is no exception, delivering gliding vocals, searing guitars, thunderous bass, and mammoth drums to make their mark.
Driving opener, ‘Needy’, instantly rolls into a state of tranquility. With sparse sounds leading the way for this laid back tune, after a minute or two the track picks up with riff centred instrumentals and emotive vocals coming together to close it off. ‘How Did You Get So Weak?’ follows up, and is full of force and heartfelt feelings from the get-go. Guitars prove to be the star of the song, so much so they get their very own explosive solo section.
Lead single ‘Skin’ serves as the song guaranteed to get any rock fan into Marisa And The Moths. Delivering their distinct nostalgic grungy sound throughout, the track comes out in full force with bold vocals, bombastic bass lines, and big guitar work.
The middle of the record is a bit of a mixed bag. ‘Choke’ whacks the volume levels up to their highest number for some serious ear destroying riffs, ‘Tied Up’ takes the more gentler musical approach, in the form of heavenly pianos paving the way for a journey through all the different emotions possible in the space of a few minutes, and ‘Turn Off’ turns on the rhythm section, which slowly but surely meddle their way into the song’s soundscape and remain a dominant feature throughout.
Giving the drums their much-deserved limelight in ‘Human’, Jason Wilson gets to work on injecting in some edgy patterns that make it a standout anthem.
Ending on eerie closer, ‘Everything Is Going Swimmingly’, the band bring in the pianos once more for a haunting ballad that’ll leave you with goosebumps aplenty.
Marisa And The Moths‘ self-titled debut is a must-listen album. Ticking a plethora of points the band pride themselves on, from 90s grunge to modern day alt rock, alongside some deep lyricism both of the personal and political kind, the quintet have ensured that they enter the arena of their contemporaries as worthwhile contenders.