Review by Fiona Smith
Life is never easy growing up in a small coastal town in Scotland where the seagulls fast outnumber the inhabitants. Yet somehow, from this unusual setting come some very talented and inspired musicians. Moon Party are no exception. Having been together for almost two years, the four-man band has taken their plan to the next stage and is set to release their first EP, ‘Young Love’. Said EP, which was recorded in Jamhut Studios, Irvine by the talented Stuart Spence, is a huge break-through for these four young men, who, incidentally Ladies, are each extremely good-looking. With a frontman who sounds like Brandon Flowers and a trio of lovely men beside him, what more could you possibly want?
The EP begins with ‘Young Love in the Heat of the Night’, an observation of the foolishness of teenage romance. This track is a great opener as it displays the abilities of each band member – intricate guitar work from Jed Cossar, tight rhythm from bassist Lee Donnelly and drummer Ken Yip, and tuneful vocals and synth work from lead singer Tom Kearns. Already, the EP has hit a high. Moving onto ‘Troublesome Minds’: the track starts low and rises quickly with an introduction reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics are inspired but the vocals sound slightly strained and flat, though the music more than makes up for it. There is even a post-punk element present; the drum beat and screeching guitar sound very similar to the Editors and Joy Division. ‘This Thing Called Life’ opens with exceptional bass work, the likes of which have not been heard for years. The track is in three parts which are each very different. The first two, despite their dissimilarity, move between each other seamlessly. This cannot be said for the third. The break-down/build-up towards the end of the album feels as if it does not fit beside the other two sections. Yet, somehow, it actually works. It provides a space for each member to display their true talents and brings the track to a pleasant fade-out. The lyrics and the bass are the real gems on this track, however. The penultimate track, ‘Too Late Tonight’, has a real Fleetwood Mac feel with its soft synthesisers, tight guitar rhythm and wandering bass line. This track also features a very creative break-down which, once again, allows the guitarist to show-off his talent. While all of these tracks have their own merits, ‘18’ is definitely the most impressive track on the EP. Everything about this track is perfect – the contemplative lyrics, just the right amount of guitar distortion, the strategically-placed synth, the tight rhythm. It certainly ends the EP on a high, leaving a good lasting impression of Moon Party’s sound and style.
Fans of the Killers will absolutely love this band. The dulcet tones of frontman Tom Kearns are almost identical to those of Brandon Flowers, but with a slight Scottish twang, of course. The band’s use of synthesisers and their prose-like lyrics also help in creating this sound and pay tribute to another of their influences – Dire Straits. If ‘Battle Born’ left you hungry for more, why not try ‘Young Love’ to satisfy your craving?
‘Young Love’ is available to download from Sunday 10th February from Moon Party’s Facebook page
Review by Fiona Smith
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