Moke – Carnival – Review


Carnival (Ultimatum)
by Scott Hefflon

Jeez, where the hell did Ultimatum come from? First (for me) The Incredible Leroy Moses (who I fawned over last issue), then Moke and Sugarcult (both reviewed here). All different, all good, and all talked up by three “household name” publicists from different major backgrounds. Watch this label…

Moke, well, let’s just say I like the other bands better, but I’m just not really into Brit guitar rock. I mean, I can see they’ve got more soul than Oasis, and some nice Hendrix-lite riffery (I keep thinking of a British version of Living Color, but that could be because there are guitar riffs, good bass grooves, and the singer’s black), but it just doesn’t rock my pale ass enough. They’ve opened for the Black Crowes, Goo Goo Dolls, and Tonic, if that points you in the right direction, and the single to keep an ear out for is “My Degeneration.”
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