If you haven’t already heard of Moon Walker, it’s a name you should get used to. Their debut album, ‘Truth To Power’ captures the band’s energy and defines their sound incredibly. At only 7 songs, it manages to be one of those albums where you don’t need to hit skip at all.
The groove set by the strings on ‘Devil’ was infectious. By the time the cool vocals came in, the mood was already electric. It reminded me of Cage the Elephant with its passionate, almost conversational lyrics. I loved how the intensity was carried throughout, from the backing vocals shouting “Devil!” to the guitar solo it was all awesome.
‘The TV Made Me Do It’ was just as empowered. Splashy drum grooves create an ambient air of energy that catapulted the song forwards. Although every song was memorable, this one in particular I would catch myself humming throughout the day. The chorus was just awesome.
Pointed, almost sharp lyrics used throughout the album were interesting and gave the melodies a lot of rhythmic impact. It also gave songs a very pointed, deliberate feeling. The focus on this impact seemed to give the lyrics more power, further driving their point home.
‘Tear Down The Wall’ was no different from its predecessor with the energy it brought. The group sounds angry but cool and collected. The perfect air of confidence of rockstars. “Why don’t we open more prisons, and close down the public schools?’ encapsulates the chaotic, fed-up energy that perpetuates the song. I loved the melodies in the guitar – they were heavy and fit the atmosphere perfectly. When paired with the hard-hitting lyricism, ‘Tear Down The Wall’ is unforgettable.
It comes as no surprise the group is garnering the attention they are, they kick ass. Not only do they have a unique and recognizable sound, but also manage to make completely different songs. Each one is familiar and related, but capturing a new mood. For instance, ‘New Commandments’ is led by the punctuated bass lines, while ‘Light Burns Out’ has long chordal lights that push it along.
‘This Dark Town’ wrapped the album up phenomenally. Cool lyrics make you think, without losing their energy. Not only that, but they commanded attention regardless of what was happening behind them. Whether almost a cappella or singing over a guitar solo, they could easily be heard. This is due partly to the great mixing of the song, and album in general. Each voice can be heard at all times, and despite the volume or dynamics of the song, it’s nice on the speakers.
The band’s raw sound is both fresh and nostalgic. Perfect for a big stage, sometimes it even feels like they’re performing at a festival. For a debut album, they seem to have already hashed out how they want to be heard; something most artists don’t do for decades. Plus every song said something. There weren’t a dozen songs and half of them fillers – each one had a message and passion behind the performance.