Release Date: Mar 9, 2018
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
At first tapping in to an audience of overtly emotional 20-somethings with debut album I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time to Time, before tapping in to just about everybody else with 2016's Top Ten album Blush, the four-piece have rapidly asserted themselves as more than pop-punk poster boys, but as arguably one of the fastest rising bands in the UK of recent years. Of course, for all the clean-cut, boys next door image that Moose Blood uphold, they're also a band that have touted (or continue to tout) controversy following allegations that led to the departure of drummer Glenn Harvey last year. Said allegations have impacted little on new album I Don't Think I Can Do This Any More, a record that from its outset feels quintessentially Moose Blood.
On Moose Blood's third set, I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore, the British quartet continued to execute serviceable revivalist emo-punk. Following 2016's Hopeless debut, Blush, Moose Blood got a new drummer and accumulated a couple additional years of pain to inject into their updated Brand New, Jimmy Eat World sound. I Don't Think hits all the intended points -- a dour, sad-sack cloud covers all -- and should connect with the slighted and brokenhearted.
We get it, you smoke Eddie Brewerton sings about girls and cigarettes in every song. Smoking, having cigarettes on his person, letting a girl borrow one of his cigarettes, borrowing a girl's cigarettes - this is the minutiae Eddie finds essential to his storytelling lyrics. Details are a very important part of building a narrative, but Eddie seems to fundamentally misunderstand the point.