Mojo Slide Twist Your Bones
The Mojo Slides debut album Twist Your Bones is a celebration of rock'n'rolls rich and wild pageantry that allows traditionalism without succumbing to pastiche. They can be feral and go-for-broke in a way that recalls the Jim Jones Revue, poppy and knockabout like the Sweet (yes, the Sweet), and refined and thoughtful like peak-era Verve.
Religious torment is a major lyrical thread on this album the lurching Jesus Dont Want Me and the brick-heavy The Ballad Of Satan (I was cast down by the Lord/But I found my fire/Why cant a father show his son a little mercy?) both detail isolation and rejection from different points of view, whereas The Sky Is Falling In plays out the album with an ominous end of days-type prophecy (I met the council of the town and I told them what I know/ The sky is falling in but they're not listening).
Elsewhere, human attraction gets a look-in on the sleazy opener Addicted and the gentler, piano-led ballad Little Bird while the outlaw lifestyle is given a nod on the slide guitar-enhanced Bad In Every Bone.
The band show a versatility and confidence that carries these themes - a commanding lead vocal presence and twin-guitar attack occasionally bolstered with piano, what sounds like mandolin (but I might be wrong) and gospel-style backing vocals that hint at other possibilities.
This is an assured and well-conceived album that will serve as strong foundations to their future endeavours.
'Twist Your Bones' is available from 14th November on Do It Records