The Molochs manage to achieve a garage revival sound that still feels fresh and current." /> L.A. Record

THE MOLOCHS: AMERICA’S VELVET GLORY

January 13th, 2017 | Album reviews

THE MOLOCHS
America’s Velvet Glory
Innovative Leisure

It can be difficult to pull from an iconic era of music like the 60s without sounding like a straight copy/paste of the Byrds or the Kinks. On their latest release, America’s Velvet Glory, The Molochs manage to achieve a garage revival sound that still feels fresh and current. The tunes are solid in their simplicity, a tried-and-true combination of jangly guitar and driving drumbeats; the organ on “You and Me” and harmonica on “Cryin” add authenticity, and there’s an undercurrent of anxiety flowing beneath this seemingly upbeat sounding album. Lucas Fitzsimons’ lyrics deal with themes of lovesickness, longing, and lack of control, and are delivered in a no-frills style recalling the poets and literature of the Beat generation. Self-doubt and dread reign supreme, especially on “No Control,” in which Fitzsimons sings: “I sit inside my room and think of all the things I lack.” There’s no reason to anguish over the creative success of America’s Velvet Glory, though: it’s clear that The Molochs have given us something great.

— Julia Gibson