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Mouth Of Clay - 2002 What Have You Got To Loose [Demo]
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ARTIST: Mouth Of Clay
ALBUM: What Have You Got To Lose?
LABEL: Demos
YEAR: 2002
SPONSOR: Mouth Of Clay


LINEUP: Jocke Eriksson - vocals * Hawkan Englund - guitars * Jugge Lindhult - bass * Olle Frodin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Made Of Lead * 02 Cutting My Loss * 03 Hear The Coming * 04 Burned * 05 Perfect World * 06 With Your Bones * 07 Overflow * 08 An Eye In Each Corner * 09 Morning Flight * 10 Rush * 11 Eleven Seas

From Sweden, these guys are in the business of turning clay into gemstones of a musical variety. Well sort of. They've got a wee way to go, because there are still too many rough-cuts to be trimmed off the sides first. There is no pretense as to what style they're zeroing in on. It's that early seventies heavy groove, with Led Zeppelin being the obvious comparison candidate. As you can expect, the production isn't the best - even MOC would admit that, but on a limited budget they've done their best - so good on them for that.

The Songs
We get eleven tracks all up. All tried and true groove rockers from way back when. It doesn't claim to be modern at all, with one leg in the UK camp (a la Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple), the other in the US, particularly southern bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. MOC give it the good ol' Swedish treatment, though without the hi-tech wizardry one associates with Scandi bands. A couple of songs stand out for me: the Uriah Heep flavored 'Hear The Coming', the guitar grunt of 'Overflow' and the nice acoustic ballad 'Eleven Seas'.

In Summary
As I've mentioned earlier, it's a bit rough around the edges, but that's to be expected from a band who've only strung together a couple of performances before putting their sound to disc/tape. Very brave indeed.. To really hear how great bands do it, I'd suggest stopping off at the doors of fellow Swedish heroes Lotus, or the classy American band Sun City Kings. They are good examples of the style and how it should be played. Who knows, we may still see some improvement from MOC before too long. The building blocks are there, they just need to refine it somewhat. Again, credit to them for getting off their backsides and doing something about it. To me, that's what the indie scene is all about.

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