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America's Velvet Glory


Artist: The Molochs
Label: Innovative Leisure
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 January 2017

Moloch was the ancient Canaanite god of fire who demanded child sacrifices. Singer and songwriter Lucas Fitzsimons, named his band The Molochs because he knew he’d have to make sacrifices to get what he needed. Lets just hope no children were sacrificed to bring this LP to life.

The Molochs are a great student band - the sort of music best heard live when you've had a few drinks and are out for a night of relaxation. They don't really work too well as a band to listen to at home.

There's a strange mix of music on this album, from the more modern Indie tracks to songs like 'No More Cryin'', which is instantly recognisable as a homage to a bygone era.

Part of the problem, for me, was that they can't really carry a tune. Yes, yes. I know that's old fashioned of me, but I do enjoy listening to a band where I'm not constantly wincing, or thinking: "I could sing better than that" - and I can't sing.

As a band to see live these guys are undoubtedly unmissable, but their music doesn't really transport from the gig to the home very well. Still, you have to give them credit for offering a diverse sound which morphs seamlessly from track to track.


Nick Smithson

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