Finally, new music from Mojo’s Army! The drought ends with a dark, menacing groove called “Shadow Me”. Lyrics written during this year’s FAWM, and completed recently as the first of a new wave of Mojo’s Army tunes to begin populating the upcoming album “Dissonance.” Check it out here on Soundcloud!
Undercover is a compilation of cover songs spanning the first 10 years of Mojo’s Army music. From the very first recording I did (The Green Manalishi) to my most recent release Need You Tonight, only available as of this album, Undercover covers it all.
It includes my first released single (Little Boxes), and my first collaboration with another singer, Deb Criveau, killing it on She Bop and the very popular Missionary Man. Included also is Gowan’s A Criminal Mind, a cover I began back in 2012 as an online request, but never finished until now. (I hope you’re still listening, wherever you are!). All the songs that were previously released as singles have been remastered for this album and sound better than ever.
Yes it’s 80s heavy — no question, the 80s had some great songs that have stood the test of time. Also, as a former MTV junkie, I can’t help but give props to those formative years, getting my musical taste expanded far and wide with exposure to all those great (and some not so great) videos.
I feel like I was successful bending these songs to my own style and making them my own, as is the hallmark of all good cover songs. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed making them!
Let the indie bands hang with the big dogs where they deserve to be? Or let them shine on their own? Tough call. Next year I think I’ll bring it back to one list, but for now, I wanted to highlight some great indie releases under a spotlight of their own. These were my favorite discoveries this year.
This album grows on me more each time I listen. It’s like Spiritual Beggars with a sprinkle of Alter Bridge. Melodic, soft and heavy in turns, and just flat out good. I saw them live in San Francisco with Clutch and Zakk Sabbath, but they were too loud for their own good and the music didn’t get a chance to breathe the way it should. However, this album is definitely worth picking up, it’s the only one that I’ve bumped the new Metallica for lately. I would have put this on my top five of the year if I had only one list.
The debut full length release of this Seattle duo is a revelation of slow burn sludge, tasty and timeless. White Wizard is an instant classic. Amy rocks the bass and vocals, __ kills it on drums. There’s still a little of the LA rock fuzz punk from her previous band HDR in tracks like Temple of Apollo. The rest is pure slow stoner bliss.
Debut EP from new San Francisco stoner supergroup of sorts – the Watchers is made up of members of Spiralarms, Orchid, and . They’ve been touring heavily on the west coast since they put this EP together, catch them if you can!
Damn this is some solid heavy rock. Right in there with some of the best stoner type rock I’ve heard lately, this Quebec City band’s debut gets you going right away with Damn Judas and just ramps it up from there. Dead in Time is just flat out killer. Keep an eye on these guys.