Release Date: Oct 7, 2014
Record label: No Sleep Records
Have we mentioned that we like Moose Blood? We REALLY like Moose Blood. Formed a mere two years ago, Canterbury boys Moose Blood recorded their debut album in California with Saosin’s Beau Burchell at the helm, and now find themselves sharing a label with such luminaries as Balance And Composure and Sainthood Reps. ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind…’ is the album you’d hope such an ambitious period of time would have culminated in.
Moose Blood definitely verge on the poppier side of the emo genre —— or what people would call "emo—revival. " Or maybe what some strange people would call "weiner rock" or "fake emo. " Their debut EP, Moving Home, received lots of attention and hype in the UK where they quickly became one of the most talked about bands in the scene.
Absurd name notwithstanding, Canterbury’s Moose Blood excels in replicating heart-on-sleeve, autobiographically confessiona honesty in lyrics that was the mainstay of innumerable emo acts crisscrossing the U.S. in the latter half of the ‘90s and on into the new millennium. Nailing the posturing, guitar tones, nostalgia-inducing subject matter and appropriately anguished, though here accented, vocals, Moose Blood’s decidedly detached approach to revisionist emo adds a level of sheen lacking in the best works of their most direct influences.
These U.K. lads sure have a knack for sadness, dragging barely electric chords by vocalist Eddy Brewerton’s leash in the sour-grapes opener “Cherry” before ending with the bend-and-release of “I Hope You’re Miserable.” The fillings of this full-length debut aren’t so low, however. Tracks like “I Hope You’re Missing Me” file them in the same drawer as their soon-to-be tourmates Balance And Composure and Seahaven, all steady hands until the chorus, packed with a spit-particled-punk fervor.