Mourn like the old-school punks, but, like, the good ones that we don't listen to enough: they cite the song-writing of PJ Harvey as an influence, as well as the lo-fi indie pop antics of Sebadoh. Their sound is fitting: Mourn has confrontation at all costs, and drives home its ideas through a flash-in-the-pan resilience and rawness.
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Mourn. Young Catalonian four-piece making passionately barbed old-skool indie rock in the vein of Sleater-Kinney, Crowsdell and early PJ Harvey with an occasionally breathless punky charm that has you gaping at the stereo when it finishes. Eleven tracks over and done in not more than 20 minutes. Not that many of the songs aren't loaded like little bombs.
There's a definite 90's feel "au naturel" about them having me reminisce about some of more ragged and faintly gothic American bands back in the day. Being young, angry, shouty they have a real genuine edge and spirit about them with some thrilling and interesting guitar wrangling and spunky verve going on. As an album recorded frantically in two days it apparently catches the raw vitality of their live shows which must be intense affairs. The sparse and punchy production on their self titled first old Mourn about life appears to present them as taut, thrilling and bare-chested proposition, jabbing you with their energy, resilience and determination. I'd really like to attend one of their gigs. Whoops, wrong country.
What is most impressive is the melodic strength of their mini fuck-you anthems. The vigour of youth eh? Awww they even have a song about squirrels! It's nice to see CT pick these stray Barcelona pups up as for what they lack in (yawn) originality they more than adequately replace with a genuine feral mania and earthy vital spirit which you hear too rarely these days. I'd say they're the real deal, especially when they have a song called "Boys are Cun*s". Yes we are. Thanks. NEXT!
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