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Reviewed by Andrew Smit

Mojo Crow: Fly By Night EP

Reviewed by Andrew Smit

Mojo Crow: Fly By Night EP

A very nice debut indeed from this Auckland three-piece who earlier in 2015 reached the national final of the Battle of the Bands. The recording of these five upbeat country folk/rock songs is crisp, matched by quality song arrangements and strong vocal work. All songs were written by singer and guitarist Chris Jones who also produced the album, with brother Nick Jones providing bass, keys, violin and bvs, and Ryan Oustan on drums and bvs. The EP was recorded at Roundhead Studios by Jordan Stone and mastered by Leon Zervos at Sydney’s Studio 301. Some of the tunes have a slower folk country feel while others are more pop rock – think Green Day. Each tune has an upbeat feel, with clean guitar, smooth vocals and fine harmonies. Satellite is a great song with a dynamic melody enriched by soaring vocals from Jones, and Set Me Free is a cool psychedelic trip of guitar combined with sitar! Don’t be fooled by the country references, these guys would not last long at Bob’s Country Bunker as they lean more towards alternative rock than country or western.

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