Murdock, Qween Kwong & More Face The Jury! We Pick 5 Random Tracks From Our Emails And Tell You If They Are A Hit Or Just Shit!

Face The Jury Mosh

Welcome to the first ever Mosh Face The Jury where we will pick a random bunch of tracks from some of our emails we are sent and a get a random selection of our staff. They will let  you know their thoughts and whether they are utterly amazing, or just pretty awful.

Will we find some hidden talent or have we scraped the bottom of the musical bill? Let’s find out and make sure you let us know your thoughts on the tracks.

Let’s take a listen to the selection we have. Time to face the jury!

Murdock – What You Don’t Like, What You Don’t Know

James Matthews: Murdock’s sound really reminds me of early Cave In (a band everyone should research in to). The production isn’t too bad, but the vocals seem a little strained and the production a little rough. Some good ideas that just ideally need to be improved on and made for more interesting listening. 3/5

Luke Smith: Not a bad track but not a brilliant one either. The core elements are there, but they’re not being utilized properly. The start is promising but it just begins to drone on a little too long for my liking 2.5/5

Santhi Weiss: Essentially, I quite enjoy this track but I couldn’t stand watching the music video. I see so many YouTube covers done in a similar way, and I actually found myself enjoying the track more when I left it playing in the background instead of actually watching the video. 2.5/5

Jay Hampshire: Not half bad. Good stop/start, jagged riffing and killer bass tone, but between the awkward hardcore break, constantly shifting riffs and sub-par vocals you get the sense that they are a bit too indecisive. 2/5

The Mothmen- Change Direction

James Matthews: The Mothmen… lost 80s track you say…?! Yep, it certainly sounds like it was born from the artsy part of the 80s, before it all got a bit weird and polluted with hairspray!  It’s experimental, it’s kooky, and it reminds me of something from the deepest, most bizarre part of the Talking Heads discography. That isn’t a bad thing at all. 3.5/5

Luke Smith: Sounds like the soundtrack to a really bad trip from some dodgy back ally narcotics. Plus moths are creepy. 2/5

Santhi Weiss: There’s a lot going on here but it actually sounds great together. Because of the format, it starts sounding repetitive though and two minutes starts to feel long. 3/5

Jay Hampshire: Very weird. Slightly jazzy and atonal, it’s like a 60’s sitcom theme tune gone wrong. The focus on making you deliberately uncomfortable yet still being mellow. You could call them bad, but they’d probably like that. 2/5

The Tumbleweed Wanderers- Bad Blood

James Matthews: Never heard of these guys up until playing this song! Tumbleweed Wanderers have a great sound going on, everything about this sounds right on. It’s definitely resonating a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack style song, but I hope to hear a lot more from these. Lot’s of awesome blues and even garage psych influences in here too, ONE APPROVES! 4.5/5

Luke Smith: It’s like a mashup of Hall & Oates and The Black Keys. They’ve got the look to match the Alternative sound. The power of beards is strong! 3.5/5

Santhi Weiss: These guys sound like a more indie Royal Blood, with like five times the amount of members. It’s just a really fun track from the get go but the ending is truly superb; from the harmonies to what honestly sounds like the end of a fairytale. 4/5

Jay Hampshire: Although the singer has a nice, bluesy set of pipes on him and there’s some laid back 70’s vibes going on, it quickly becomes boring, repetitive and uninspired. Total radio indie rock fodder. 1/5

Queen Kwong- Cold Daggers

James Matthews: That was utterly bonkers in the best possible way! Queen Kwong reminded me a lot of an old indie punk band called Kasms, but with the wails and the shrieks of Jemina Pearl from Be Your Own Pet. Musically it was pretty standard, nothing too great. Just a cacophonous build up which also gives of a Swans-like vibe in its musical progression. Interesting, but I would like to hear more of their musical experimentation and endeavours before casting my final opinion. 3.5/5

Luke Smith: Really not big on the whole sound in general. It sounds a lot like the time I threw my cat in the bath. 1/5

Santhi Weiss: This is so weird. It’s funny because everything sounds so chaotic, yet at the same time it got boring real quick. Not a fan, maybe it’s just too “quirky” for me. 1/5

Jay Hampshire: Moody bass and then sleigh bells. Her voice is incredibly grating. There’s no tempo changes or riff alterations, just a constant build to nothing. It’s like a staircase that’s been built to nowhere at all. 1/5

Godsmack- Generation Day

James Matthews: OH, GODSMACK!! I like this band already, but haven’t heard much of them for a few years now. I took my Grandad to his first concert in 2003 where he saw Godsmack and Metallica… he loved the both of them. And on this evidence, I am reminding myself why I totally dig them so much. The middle 8 section of this song is incredible, and there are so many cool dynamic layers to Generation Day. I am totally down with this, welcome back chaps! 4.5/5

Luke Smith: Marty we need to travel back to the 90’s! How do we do that Doc? Crank up some Godsmack! 3.5/5

Santhi Weiss: Gotta love that guitar solo! Great song, just the last couple of minutes feel unnecessary as it just sounds like the song ended, then for some reason you’re back at the the beginning of the track again? 3/5

Jay Hampshire: Nice 90’s style riffs, clean production and drawling vocals. Decent drums and wailing guitar soloing, but a more melodic middle eight and a lot of safe choices slow them right down. 3/5