If you can visualize a 21st century male alt-rock 5-piece with a lead-singer who sounds like the Seventies British (female) soul-sensation Linda Lewis [Tyler Harris, vox and guitar] and is accompanied by a garish and wavy-ink synthesizer that would not be out of place at a 1983 Tears for Fears convention [provided by Mason Hill, keys] with shiny yet cunning ringlets of silvery Britpop-style lead guitar [Colter Hill] and dashing rhythms culminating in audacious highs [Bryton Bell on bass and Cole Eisenhour, drums] then you might be close to imagining the dreamy reality that is: the MOJAVE NOMADS.
During 2017 the Mojave Nomads, from Ogden, Utah hit the road with a showcase at SXSW, a tour as headliners and also dates supporting the indie pop band from Washington “He is We”. They were also the winners of American Musical Supply’s “Catch a Break at AMS” contest.
Now the stylish psych-rock sultans have released their new EP “Phases” and we had a listen to “Creature Double Feature” [shared below.] It is a foot-tapping festival of light that bears an intuitive sense of style and is dandy enough to remind us of the Scissor Sisters.
These rock peripatetics create jangly indie-pop that is just off the well-trod path so the musical delights they offer might-well be archived under “Nothing but Thieves” — but just as easily as under “Peaches.”
Words: @neilmach 2018 ©