The past 12 months has seen the release of “Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus” (mini review below) , the debut album from Northern Irish alt-rockers MOJO FURY.The recording has been lauded by all corners of the rock music press during its release: iTunes ran the band as ’Single of the Week’, Rock Sound as ‘Band of the Week’ and features in Artrocker, Big Cheese, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Kerrang magazine followed.
In the past 12 months the band have toured with the likes of Amplifier, Maybeshewill, Lite, and ASIWYFA, along with stand out performances at festivals like Sonisphere, 2000Trees, Live At Leeds, In The City and Brainwash, which have enhanced their rapidly growing reputation as one of the UK’s most intriguing and exciting bands. This year the band showed no signs of stopping by spending 35 dates on the road supporting InMe and LostAlone in February and March.
Now in April the band have headed into the studio to record their 2nd album set for release later this year. If that wasn’t enough Mojo Fury have also announced their next UK tour in May which sees them again hooking up with label mates LostAlone.
Mojo Fury / May UK Tour:
Wed 9th – DERBY, The Victoria Inn (Headline Show)
Thu 10th – ANDOVER, The George (Headline Show)
Sat 12th – BRIGHTON, Concorde 2 (The Great Escape Festival)
Sun 13th – DONCASTER, Leopard (Headline Show)
Tue 15th – YORK, Stereo (Headline Show)
Thu 17th – LONDON, Old Blue Last (Headline Show) *FREE ENTRY
Sun 20th – BRISTOL, Thekla Top Deck (w/ LostAlone)
Mon 21st – GLASGOW, Captain’s Rest (w/ LostAlone)
Tue 22nd – MANCHESTER, Dry Bar (w/ LostAlone)
Wed 23rd – LONDON, Camden Barfly (w/ LostAlone)
Thu 24th – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City Basement (w/ LostAlone)
Sat 26th – BELFAST, No Alibis Bookstore (Acoustic show)
‘We Should Just Run Away’ includes Mojo Fury’s resplendently surging anthemic qualities and adroit arrangements, incorporating soulful vocals from front-man Mike Mormecha, along with some of their trademark dizzying melodies
‘The Mann’ is jazzing and hypnotic. Created by circles and spirals of guitar and hoops of latticed percussion (from Gerry Morgan on drums.) Thudding bass (Ciaran McGreevy ) and demanding vocals fuse with the geometric patterns and swirls beneath, to develop into a study ironwork number with plenty of mettle and muscle. This is a mustering call to arms for the heady and the youthful.
‘Colour of the Bear’ also separates the band from anybody else in their class. Slightly quirky Cure-like vocals hover and quiver over a rapidly bubbling rock beat from which jagged edges and cushion of polystyrene softness protrude. Bountiful and pleasing.
‘Deep Fish Tank – Factory Settings’ is a finely serrated rock piece with added acid and venom. It will fry your brain in an instant. And then the thudding creative vocal content will grab you by the scruff and lead you to place in the corner where the blast-beats hurt your brow and the tremors skewer your conscience.
‘Bones’ is littered with the debris of seventies metal, especially those early riffs; Salvaged from the heap, and sandblasted into coherence by James Lyttle (guitars). The addition of bone-meal drums adds sufficient fertilizer – allowing some succulence to grow from the heavy girdering. A rubbery bass allows the nodding-head arrangement take hold- whilst an aspirating voice takes you onto a rickety ladder towards a sky that trembles.
© Neil_Mach Apr 2012