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The Molochs - America's Velvet Glory

by Mark Steele Rating:7 Release Date:2017-01-13

Four years have passed since 2013's Forgetter Blues LP for LA jangle Psych-rock poppers - The Molochs. They deliver 11-tracks of the new album - America's Velvet Glory, led by vocalist - Lucas Fitzsimmons, a simple package comprised of 1960s sunny-side up garage rock meets British Beat/BritPop manoeuvers.

The instrumentation on this album keeps things simple mainly comprised of jangly clean guitars, bass, drums and Farfisa Organ arrangements. The songs tend to follow a classic old school 3 1/2 minute pop format.  The opening guitar jangles brightly on 'Ten Thousand', which contains steadfast bass and drums under the guitar and a startled haunting organ.The vocals possess a constant nasal draw, that seems arrogant and jovial at the same time. They also carry these vocals and instrumental sounds throughout the whole album. A clanging thumper 'No Control' holds a late 70s punk rawness, minus the loud aggression.

There is a small hint to mid-1960's, with The Rolling Stones song 'Child Of The Moon' on 'Charlie's Lips'. A rhythmic acoustic guitar addition to an already tight presentation, on this tongue-in-cheek ode to some local hero. A real Stone Roses feel due to the acoustic guitars keeping it twangy and funky on 'The Trouble With You', has some nice slide guitar touches alongside light piano chords slotted in. An obvious nod to The Byrds 'All I Really Want To Do' appears on 'The One I Love', with a steady 12-string guitar neatness, plus their trademark sweet harmonies. It becomes a bit trippy on 'Little Stars'' the perpetual minor guitar arpeggios and tremolo injections, and another tip of the hat to the Rolling Stones on the swinging 'No More Crying', including some refreshing harmonica lines. A close vocal phrasing by Lucas, seems to imitate Lou Reed, evidently well on the quick moving country-tinged 'You And Me'. Mr. Reed's influence again can be heard on the bluesy boogie of 'New York', which builds a bit louder with each verse.

One of the best songs on here, with a strong vocal melodic draw, 'I Don't Love You' some woody bass and crisp guitar combo, carried by the steady paced drums. Equally the ending song 'You Never Learn' has an endearing familiarity melodically in an Oasis type of way.

America's Velvet Glory has some individual moments to remember them by, and it should appeal to fans of Allah-las and Cool Ghouls generally. What could have set the album forward, may be more of a dynamic and quirky presentation, to put them in the leading pack of California's revived psych fraternity.

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