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Monday, September 1, 2008

Holler, Wild Rose! — Our Little Hymnal

Genre : Post-rock, Shoegaze

Tracklist :

01. Holler, Wild Rose!
02. First Selah
03. Marylawn Hair
04. Mercy Beat
05. Captive Train
06. Poor In Spirit
07. Second Selah
08. Sun Vines
09. Thief In Our Bed
10. Color That Sky
11. Third Selah
12. Promise Braid

Named after the song that has become a landmark crowd favorite at their concerts - Holler, Wild Rose! features the sound of six (and sometimes seven) people who channel a range of melodic themes, reverberant guitars, shoegaze orchestrations, subtle to thundering rhythms, vintage textures and memorable bass lines as a setting for the expressive vocal melodies of John Mosloskie’s unfettered, visceral voice.

The easy way to talk about Holler, Wild Rose, would be to simply list the influences that are at times inescapable. John Moloskie’s wide ranging vocals invite instant comparisons to Thom Yorke, or even Jeff Buckley. Musically, they’ll have you thinking back to early recordings by Radiohead, The Verve, or even The Shins at times. Granted, that’s a lot of life changing artists in one paragraph, especially for a young band out of Jersey who just released their debut record.

But beyond exact influences, Holler, Wild Rose! know how to organize their collective sound (brought forth by Ryan Smyth [drums/percussion], Ryan Cheresnick [guitars], Scott Vangenderen [bass], Mike Ortega [keys/guitars/vocals] and Lou D’Elia [guitars]) into compelling music that defies easy categorization. Space rock? Gregorian odes coupled to ambient time travel? Holler, Wild Rose!’s debut, Our Little Hymnal, sets the clock for the heart of the sunrise, blasting their prayers into deep space.

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