Armed with something a lot of bands often don’t have, Hush Mozey’s unique sound and genre bending debut EP, Tales of Bigotry blasts through your headphones with undeniable presence.
The self proclaimed drowsy rock and roll band succeed in showing their listeners something that they have never heard before and without any warning, their audience is enlightened by a sound so fresh it draws you in from the very first chord.
The debut EP is testament to what the future holds for the band. With only seven tracks that all have slight differences in sounds, Hush Mozey have chosen to bring their fans an eclectic mix of ska, punk and grunge wrapped up neatly with their own creativity. In any other situation the album could have run the risk of sounding choppy, but having been put together perfectly Tales of Bigotry has created songs that flow instinctively into each other.
The EP’s opening track ‘Moroccan Treasure’ kicks things off with traditional Arabian sounds before changing without hesitation into something much more akin to grunge. This bold transformation sets the tone for the rest of the EP; fighting a plight against mediocre music and engaging you in such a way it’s hard not to want more.
Each track continues to endear itself to its listener. ‘A Place for Them’ is packed with full guitar and gypsy rhythms that manage to capture the essence of a Bristol night out, sparking memories of my last night out at Crofters on Stokes Croft. Taking the tempo down a notch, ‘Burlesque’ oozes charisma in an ode to love. It’s a lazy Sunday song, the kind you hear in your local cafe then can’t get out of your head for weeks on end making it my EP highlight. With ‘Listen Learn’ Hush Mozey take fans to a much darker place, strife with tension and power. Its lyrics profess seduction, telling the tale of a broken partnership before finishing on a dramatic finale.
As I neared the end of Hush Mozey’s diverse debut, I was yet again pleasantly suprised by this band’s ability to turn their hand to pretty much anything. Far more brash and unforgiving than the other tracks ‘Paper People’ blurs the lines between rock and indie whilst the grungy melody of ‘Hide Out’ masters the dynamics of 90’s rock with its hard hitting chorus, electronic verses and vocal harmonies; it’s another song that’ll be hard to forget.
The last track on the album, ‘One More Night’ is a slow burning, bluesy number, enriched with tender vocals and perfectly poignant lyricism. In a rather cyclic way, the EP starts and ends on two tracks that couldn’t have been positioned better in the track listing and yet are entirely opposite to each other.
Given the chance, this is an EP I could easily become obsessed with. Hush Mozey put everything on the table and cross all the boxes; it doesn’t matter if you like blue or grunge or rock, this solid debut is bound to have at least one song that catches you off guard and makes you want to listen on repeat.