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info opinion

Haymarket Riot

"Mog" CD

Thick Records

Genres: indie rock, post-punk, math rock

Thick Records
POB 220245
Chicago IL 60622

Jul 26 - Aug 1 2004

Everyone seems to liken Haymarket Riot to Fugazi, which is certainly a fair comparison, but I feel they've got a lot more in common with Jawbox.  Many of Mog's songs would not feel out of place on the legendary For Your Own Special Sweetheart - they've got the same uncontrolled energy and angularity.  A comparison to Drive Like Jehu also seems inescapable, so I'll slip it in right here.

Mog starts off with the Minus The Bear-esque "You Might Know Who We R, But We Know Who You R."  Its guitar-heavy sound is brought together by an infectious, macho-but-sensitive chorus that treads ever so warily into emo territory.  "Cue" is pure Jawbox - imagine "Jackpot Plus" but a little less catchy.  "Uneasy Consequence," a remarkably cooled-off post-punk number, is something of an anomaly, and its originality is certainly a strong point.

Mog is actually an intensively enjoyable listen, particularly if you're in the mood for some fiery, angular indie rock.  This won't replace your whole Jawbox and Fugazi collection, but it will make for a fine companion piece.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]