Moose Wrench – ‘Not Dead Yet’

Moose Wrench strut a dynamic and gripping sound on their new album Not Dead Yet, presenting a tonally diverse appeal — from the blistering rock tenacity of “Not Dead Yet” to the moody Bowie-esque eeriness within “Don’t Let Me Down.”

The Leeds, UK-based project originally formed in Las Vegas, noting Mr. Bungle amongst their influences; it’s a particularly apt comparison, as Moose Wrench unveil a similarly charismatic genre-hopping that experiments, while still emphasizing a ceaselessly hooky vigor. Of their new album, they describe Not Dead Yet as “about minor daily things that piss average aging people off, men in particular, probably. Silly stuff done seriously.”

“Dingleberry Fyn” is also among the numerous highlights, with a particular emphasis on Moose Wrench’s knack for evolving structural satiation. Understated vocals and a percussive pitter-patter drive into a title-touting ardency, book-ended by waves of invigorating guitar distortion. “Ginnel Dick” reminds stirringly of black midi, with the conversational carnival-barker vocal feeling and angular guitar pushes. Not Dead Yet is compelling, darkly theatrical rock success from Moose Wrench.

“Dingleberry Fyn” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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