Just over twelve months ago The Moms released the excellent Snowbird EP, a release that made a big impression on me last year and ended up being one of my favourite singles of 2016, so to say I was pleased when Doing Asbestos We Can arrived for review is something of an understatement, but as always there is also a sense of trepidation that relates to a release that follows up on something that bordered on perfection, have The Moms maintained the impetus they were building with release of Snowbird last year?
Good Job picks up where Snowbird left off with a hook laden riff, and Fortunate Former carries on the upbeat knockabout feel, that even has brass added, courtesy of Ciaran O’Donnell of The Front Bottoms, to underline the playful feel. Doing Asbestos We Can doesn’t have the rough appeal that Snowbird carried, but it’s been replaced with something almost as appealing, there’s a more poppy sensibility to the debut full length, but this isn’t at the expense of the infectious hooks and energy that are still ever present throughout the album. Alongside their obvious punk rock roots there are other elements that have been thrown into mix including rock ‘n roll, on the short and sweet Rock The Boat. and a pervading indie sensibility, and for me there seems to be a distinctly retro feel to the production on the album.
Doing Asbestos We Can feels more polished, the rough edges that were present on Snowbird have been smoothed out and there’s a slightly poppier feel, Whilst their sophomore full length doesn’t grab you with the knockabout charm that Snowbird possessed they re still a band that possess their DIY credentials, the album’s title relates to the fact that they still rehearse in a basement where the pipes are insulated with asbestos, but instead of the hard driving punk rock The Moms have taken a detour that comes across as an amalgamation of styles, it might be a change in direction but everyone knows that The Moms know best, and the end result is a fine, if not unexpected, sophomore album.
Doing Asbestos Be Can will be released on the 13th October and can be ordered via Bar None Recordshere
New Jersey punks The Moms have been treading the boards of venues across the USA for the past five years and have been building their following through relentless touring and previous low key releases on Paper And Plastick and Panic State Records. They are now signed to Bar/None Records and Snowbird is their first release for the label. The EP was recorded with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls and Brett Romnes from I Am The Avalanche, the combination of these two veterans and The Moms has produced what is one of my favourite singles of the year.
Opening track Road Soda sets the tone, this is irresponsible bouncy punk rock and this is an ode to the joys of drinking on the road, I get the feeling that The Moms aren’t planning on acting as role models anytime soon. The first five tracks are all fine frantic numbers that flash past in a delirious blur and the final track, Criminal, brings things to slightly slower anthemic finish. My personal favourites are Road Soda, Seen Enough and The Bottom, these tracks alone, which comprise half of the EP, would be enough to warrant buying Snowbird but you take into account there are three other tracks which are almost their equal and you should already be reaching for your wallet to pre-order The Moms latest release
Snowbird is comprised of six short sharp bursts of discordant punk rock that should improve your day immensely and keep a smile on your face, the influence of both The Bouncing Souls and I Am The Avalanche can be heard on Snowbird, this is somewhat unsurprising given who produced this EP, but they have their own sound which melds discordant post hardcore with an irresistible bouncy punk spirit. There is enough variation across the six tracks on Snowbird to keep things interesting, and to make you wish this was an album rather than EP.
Snowbird will be released on September 16 and can be pre-ordered here
Rochester pop punk act Such Gold has has announced plans for a summer tour alongside After The Fall and The Moms. Such Gold continues to support their latest full length, The New Sidewalk, released last year via Razor & Tie Records.
New Jersey’s The Moms has prmiered a new song. The song is titled “Business is Booming” and is due out on the band’s upcoming LP, Buy American, due out on September 23, 2014 via Paper + Plastick Records.
Listen to the song here courtesy New Noise Magazine. The band’s upcoming Fall tour dates are below.
Augusta, Georgia’s Veara are heading out on tour next month with fellow pop punks A Loss For Words.
The band are out supporting their third full length, Growing Up Is Killing Me which was released last September by Epitaph Records. It is being billed as The Kids Can’t Lose Tour and also features Wind in Sails, PVRIS and The Moms.
The tour kicks off on March 28th, full dates can be found below:
New Jersey-based punk rockers The Moms‘ have announced that they will be reissuing a limited edition re-pressing of their debut 7″ Viva! in partnership with Panic State Records and Paper + Plastick Records. The record is in stock and now available for order in the Paper + Plastick webstore.
The band has also debuted a music video, directed by Daniel Priore (Third Revelation Productions), for the song “Bedtime” and it can be viewed below. A new LP is also planned and with a tentative release window of November.