THE MOB Back to Queens Weathermaker music.
I am a huge CLUTCH fan. i have been since i heard the first chords of the three songs of Passive Restraints EP on cassette. Tons of hardcore kids enjoy them; yet, they are clearly not a hardcore band.
I am a big fan of THE MOB. Though it took me longer to find, the 1996 ANOTHER PLANET release of No Rules in This Game and now the world of blogs unleashing their 7"s; Upset the System and Step Forward are easily diggable. Fast old school NYC hardcore punk originators.
So what in the hell do these two seemingly separate bands have in common? Well, a few years ago CLUTCH began printing their own albums on their own label, WEATHERMAKER music. They are issuing double LP versions of recent prior CLUTCH LPs and the non-vocal alter ego of CLUTCH, THE BAKERTON GROUP. So what do these masters of 2010's blues/stoner rock/riff masters have to do with some 1982 NYHC band? Well, when WEATHERMAKER decided to branch beyond CLUTCH affiliated acts - instead of some ORANGE GOBLIN or SAINT VITUS new type band - they put out the reinvigorated 2012 version of THE MOB. Yeah.... odd - but awesome! i love when my unrelated worlds combine. but in underground music, it's all related. After all; CLUTCH comes from DC/MD and know their roots quite well.
so - now that i gave my personal back story slant - how is the actual music? Would it be the lost identity of a reborn DYS? or an OFF! style powerhouse of energy and noise? Let's remeber that the expectations should be as high as a DYS or CIRCLE JERKS reunion; as Tommy Rat would point to THE MOB was one of the first in NYC to take the RAMONES, MISFITS, and KRAUT and turn up the urgency by playing ultra fast in the vein of the BAD BRAINS. Check 1982's Upset the System to feel how fast they could get. They heard the DC stuff and added blazing speed to an already ugly tormented child. They did mix it up and infuse punk beats and time changes; but, primarily they were there for the speed.
1982 also saw URBAN WASTE do their VOID type thing of low tuned dark chaotic hardcore. Their s/t 7" is heralded as a NYHC classic and stands as the only other MOB STYLE RECORDS release with THE MOB's 1983, Step Forward. NYHC exploded ith the push of THE MOB. 1983 ushered in a Release from ANTIDOTE with Thou Shall Not Kill and AGNOSTIC FRONT stretching its arms with United Blood.
Well, 2012 ain't 1982 or 1983. But NYHC can span all eras, right?
Yeah. it really does. I hear some MAXIMUM PENALTY style; but what i hear is the recent feel of KILLING TIME with wandering guitars and a spacious feel in the production. And a big MURPHYS LAW sound. all of which is an awesome combination.
"That's it!" at 1:45 is a ferocious little fucker. Fast as hell like THE MOB that we remember. Crisp clean production that still allows a dirty street vibe is throughout the ep
"Back to Queens" has a mid-tempo rock and roll feel injected; but it is still raucous and harsh. MURPHYS LAW style comes in here big time; plus it's about Queens. "That's where i got my WAWK - that's where i got my TAWK!"
"Zoo Crew" is 1:18 of fury and looming chords; with what sounds like TOMMY RAT circa REJUVENATE singing. This tune is resurrected from older live sets - but never was studio recorded output. It fits quite well here.
so i think you get the point. Old dudes still play NYHC. and they still nail it like they invented it; cuz, well, they helped to do so.
"The Back to Queens 7" is limited to 1000 individually hand numbered copies which were signed by all four members of the band and is the first in a series of four 7" singles that will be released by The Mob on Weathermaker Music (Clutch). famed New York tattoo artist Mr. Den. There is also a digital version of the single available which includes a bonus offering of "Zoo Crew." + - noisecreep.com
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RECOMMENDED!! i keep replaying this again and again
FFO: NYHC like MURPHYS LAW, KILLING TIME, KRAUT, ANTIDOTE