Even before I sunk my ears into Moon Masters by The Johnny Red Eyes, I felt I could dig it just based on some of the song titles… how does one not get titillated by titles such as “Pigs n’ Panties?!” I mean, c’mon, that’s gold. I also confess that it took me awhile to write the review because I’d just get into listening to it, and it’d slip my mind by album’s end.
As I hit play, I felt like I was in a spaceship with blips and sounds of the intro: “I Never Thought Reality Offended” – another title I really dug as an avid critical thinker. Then, bam! Launched into a wormhole full throttle with the aforementioned “Pigs n’ Panties,” I realized coffee’s overrated, and I was brought back to my skateboarding punk music-infused days. The urge to grab my deck and some beer was overwhelming me.
After the short but sweet “Enter the Basement,” I entered the track “All 10 Inches of Ricardio” – this one I REALLY dug, may be a bit to do with being single too long, but I’m going with the ska vibe that reminds me a touch of Sublime, but then threw me off a bit with an instrumental interlude about 1:30 in…it kind of went all over the place, from blips to finding my head bobbing at the gradual catchy riffs, almost like diving into 70’s rock. Really cool transitions.
Continuing on, “Vincent Vegas” has more of said cool transitions, as a huge Mr.Bungle fan, I’m drawn to my brain being tugged by the unexpected, albeit these cats aren’t as out there in comparison, but worth checking out if you appreciate the random thing. I’m finding it hard to hammer down a general vibe of this album, and that’s a good thing in my books.
I really dug the instrumental “Zynphar’s Revenge,” kinda sounds like if Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, Pelican, and some space aliens came together for a jam. Skipping ahead to the track, I feel the same way about “Disco,” as I do about “Herpes” (which I wholeheartedly agree with, and again, love these titles!), diggin’ the vocal style and “messiness” of it all, I guess if you went to a disco and got herpes, this would be the title track for it.
Finally, we have “Bees,” an end that ties into the beginning and leaves me wanting to discover more by these guys, will definitely be keeping my eyes open for them playing live given the energy I felt through my speakers! These cats are tight, having been around since 2010 and evidently have a mystery drummer who will remain unknown…I appreciate the added mystery, thanks guys, haha! Check out their Bandcamp page too.
Alternatively, if you’re more the visual type they have some fun stuff up on their YouTube channel, personally lovin’ the space-related stuff, oh yeah! I leave you with their official video for Vincent Vegas, it’s a fun watch, check it out.
Now, if you excuse me, I need to tune-up my skateboard.
Written by Angie Radczenko