Local Record Review: 'Anything, Alone' by Moostache

Huntington Beach four-piece Moostache have just released their
anticipated album entitled, Anything, Alone. Featuring 11 tracks
produced locally by Jon O'Brien (including 2 bonus tracks produced by
Billy Mohler and Jimmy Messer), the album is nothing short of exuberant.
Right out of the gate, the impressive range and vocal control of Patrick
Wardell is thrust into the spotlight full force with “Guarded Place.” Comparable to a tranquil version of The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, it might take some getting used to depending on your musical
tastes. Either way, the controlled chaos that is Wardell's vocals is
astounding and not over-bearing through out the remainder of the album.

Reminiscent of Wilco and The Shins, tracks such as “Everything as it
Was” and “Future Perfect” exude a calm, yet spastic feel without going
over board and creating a hot mess in your headphones. It is refreshing
to experience an album in which the tracks collectively flow without
becoming redundant. The melodies are catchy and the lyrics are clever
and “hipster approved”. Described as “definitely the most energetic
album I've ever produced…” by producer Jon O'Brien, “I feel
like we did an incredible job capturing the current vibe of the band
while at the same time trying some new stuff to push the band forward”. Read more of my interview with Jon O'Brien on recording with
Moostache here: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2012/04/local_music_producer_jon_obrie.php

After a stint on the road with AWOLNATION this past April, Moostache
is ready to take their music to the next level. The release of Anything, Alone
is surely the perfect start to a bright future for this wolf pack of
songsters. Catch them live this Thursday, May 17th at The Constellation
Room with Henry Clay People and Max and the Moon.

Download Anything, Alone: http://moostache.bandcamp.com/

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