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Kate Mosh

"Life is Funfair" CD

Sinnbus Records

Genres: indie rock, noise rock

sinnbusrecords GbR
lc 00073
Treskowallee 99
10318 Berlin

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.  I'm hooked.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]