Stoke may be more famous for its darts players than rock bands but that could be about to change in the shape of noise makers Moscow who have recently unleashed their uncompromising assault on your senses with the debut EP Hell Fire.
Taking influence from early punk through to post-punk along with touches of new wave whilst still maintaining a freshness that doesn’t sound dated. Taken a listen and strap yourself in for a high-octane ride!!
Opening track is Down (Hell Fire) seting the tone for the EP with a buzz-saw guitar riff that grinds against the pounding rhythm before we are introduced to the vocal talents of Nic Andrews, which sit superbly between the baritone of Ian Curtis and the snarl of John Lydon. The track comes alive in the chorus with a wall of noise, a frantic vocal and a guitar solo that sounds on the verge of becoming unhinged – exciting stuff! The Night centres around a simple but effective guitar riff that loops around a dancefloor rhythm before again coming alive in the chorus, the track rises and falls in all the right places, particular the drop towards the end that leaves just a manic vocal, a structure that lends itself to causing mayhem live.
Similar to the previous track, Don’t Look Back begins with another simple riff set to a dance beat, but this time the track builds more subtly leaning towards a more progressive post-punk sound than the more direct punk sound of the previous two tracks. A deep, menacing bass underpins the track providing a funk rhythm over which effects-laden guitar rings out, the intensity rises until the crescendo is reached with vocals and guitar screaming out. Cold Hands sees the direct punk style return with a frantic tribal drum beat and power-cord guitar coupled with PiL era Lydon vocals, the middle eight drop the takes the track in a change of direction with another dance groove before unleashing the noise again.
Final track Lizard Lords brings together all the elements that have gone before in a wonderful chaotic collision of noise aimed at the powers that be. The fuzzy bass and pounding drums set the pace for the blasts of angular guitar that get more and more frantic to reach a white noise pinnacle by the end of the track matched only by the intensity of the vocals.
A great EP that offers much and shows great potential with an interesting and intelligent spin on the punk and post-punk sound that is brimming full of energy and intent.
You can download the EP for free from the bandcamp site
1. Down (Hell Fire)
2. The Night
3. Don’t Look Back
4. Cold Hands
5. Lizard Lords