"Life is Funfair" CD
Genres: indie rock, noise rock
Aug 13 - 19 2004
Kate Moss' realm of influence must reach farther than I
thought. Kate Mosh are a noise rock fourpiece from
Berlin, and though they may be named after a celebrity, their style is
far from mainstream. Instead, these dedicated indie rockers try
to rekindle the spirit of early, lo-fi noise rock - think young Sebadoh
and Archers of Loaf, though somewhat more modern.
"Kick Nave and the Sad Beats" is fairly exemplary of Kate
Mosh's style. A messy but deceptively complex guitar layer
complements the emotional, sometimes yelly vocals, with the drums and
bass keeping the beat. The sound is something like Fugazi crossed
with the good ol' Archers of Loaf. It is ultimately cool,
reminiscent of those beloved early 90s, but it can sometimes grow a
little bland on some of the less melodic songs. "Hugrug"
isn't catchy at all, for example, while "Gone Through Done
Away" lacks a memorable chorus. Life is Funfair's
more successful songs, fortunately, make up for its
deficiencies. "Sandy" is pure, urgent brilliance,
"Hang on for a While" is slow and wonderful, and many of the
other tracks are reminiscent of Atombombpocketknife's cool,
professional noise rock sound.
My love for plain old indie rock may be a bit of a bias, but I
really find Life is Funfair to be an impressive album.
14 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]