The Mojomatics – Songs For Faraway Lovers

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The Mojomatics

Songs For Faraway Lovers - Alien Snatch Records

In light of the recent folk-punk insurgence in the – dare I say it – scene, these days, it seems fare to assume that every band is trying to get some of that Against Me! industry buzz ass. There seems to be uproar of never-ending folk-punk bands, playing music that harkens back to the “golden days” of the Gainesville quartet’s career. Sure, they play good music, but a real lack of originality becomes a large issue and I’m sure those beards aren’t a picnic to maintain.

Enter the Mojomatics.

Yeah, “who” was the exact same response I had too. Coming from Venice, of all places, these two dudes, MojoMatt and DavMatic (seriously) have created some of the most, for lack of a better term, romping-stomping alt-country I’ve ever heard. Basically, it’s loud, very jangly and very upbeat, despite the lyrical content. Songs for Faraway Lovers opens up with the very rambunctious “Why Don’t You Leave Me?” which features some rollicking guitars, drums and some very soulful harmonica action. It moves on through very bluesy, folksy ballads and very punk inspired rockabilly tunes that seem to have been written for a time long before ours.

The thing that really makes this album is the overall jovial attitude and general enthusiasm that surrounds it. It comes out especially in the lyrics, sung by MojoMatt. Despite having, depressing content about lost love (“tell me if you’re right or wrong / that place where I belong / so tell me why, you’re so far away tonight”), it sounds like these guys are just having a lot of fun and it’s quite apparent they just want you to dance. The vocals sound very rough and alcohol worn, which suits the music very well and the production is very rough and dusty. Overall, Songs for Faraway Lovers sounds like a sort of blast from the past.

I really enjoy this album; it’s short, bombastic, rambunctious and just plain fun. There aren’t really any negative aspects of it, but its short length and near the last quarter, the songs begin to meld together. If I didn’t read the press sheet right, I would have thought these guys came from Mississippi and listened to a lot ofJohnny Cash, and Woody Guthrie but decided they don’t bring enough “bam!” to the table, instead of hailing from Europe. This is unfortunate because I don’t know if I’d ever get to see them live, but if this album is any hint to what their performance is like, I don’t know if we’re ready for that kind of ass-whooping this side of the pond.

If you can get a hold of it, I highly recommend this album. It might make you look at folk-punk in a different light.