Mosley Bar and The ‘Royalties’ EP

Mosley Bar – North West England, United Kingdom.

I will be honest and say that I haven’t really paid attention to those larger names in the world of Indie and Indie Rock for quite some time. I lost interest in favour of Punk and Hardcore about ten or so years ago and haven’t looked back. However, through MF myself and the revolving door of writers (thats just how we roll and it works) have seen some real promise on the underground Indie circuit with the UK being the forefront.

Enter, Mosley Bar. The four-piece very much take influence from the fluttering light sound of sharply toned delicately picked guitars, they also take the staple dance-like percussion lightly tapping away and it works, in short they have British Indie down which is good but can they do more?

Seemingly the answer is yes. The soaring melodic crescendo-esque closing minute of ‘Two Apart’ adds a progressive tone you wouldn’t have picked this band for and it leads perfectly to the sombre yet playful intro of ‘Wide Awake’.

‘Wide Awake’ despite its serious tone and socially aware lyrics has a classic but near perfect and really quite dance-inducing rhythm in the verses and provides an interesting contrast to say the least. With this progressive tone to this Indie-Pop Rock Mosley Bar manage to both “fit-in” and also slightly have one foot positioned outside of the “cool-kid” circle.

Prior this point the only really criticism would have been a lack of musical weight but that is nullified in the penultimate track ‘Phillip’ where the band fall away from their Pop-tones, in harder and more Indie Rock orientated stylistics. You hear this and again feel that they suit yet another clear directional change. The soaring guitar tone in particular will have those with a penchant for heavier more progressive music crooning as it becomes clear that the band have some influences way outside their station.

This short and sharp second EP ends with down-tempo and False Heads-esque ‘Chasing’. False Heads being a band you should look into by the way, *wink wink nudge nudge* – right after you’ve listed to¬†Royalties though, obviously.

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Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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