ARTIST: MOOSE BLOOD
TITLE: I DON’T THINK I CAN DO THIS ANYMORE
LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS
Since their debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ released in 2014 on No Sleep Records, Canterbury four piece Moose Blood have been at the forefront of the UK Emo scene ever since. With the release of Blush in august of 2016 and frequent tours Moose Blood have now embarked on their third LP simply titled ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore’.
“above all it’s a record of acceptance, and the self awareness that comes with that acceptance.”
‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore’ deals with deeply personal ideas including themes of heartbreak; feelings of regret, hopelessness, desperation, extreme sadness, and above all acceptance and the self-awareness that comes with that acceptance. All packaged in a raw 11 track album.
The album opens with the track ‘Have I Told You Enough’ which sounds like it could have been straight from ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ with big guitar riffs and drums accompanied with Eddy Brewerton’s emotive vocals. In many ways this album steers back to the debut, leaving the cleaner more upbeat tone of ‘Blush’ behind them.
The album feels deeply personal to the band when listening to it, it is clear that the songs are a cathartic outlet for the band’s emotions, that is incredibly relatable and at times a tough pill to swallow in terms of how accurately the band express their emotions.
“THIS IS A RECORD THAT SHOWS THE BAND MAY VERY WELL BE MOVING TO A DIFFERENT POINT IN THEIR MUSIC…”
Moose Blood have perfected their sound which raises the question, if something is good as it is then why change it? Moose Blood do ‘emo’ insanely well and it’d be difficult to imagine them doing anything else.
At times on the new album the band seem to have evolved into a more mature sound with tracks such as ‘You Left in The Worst Way’, ‘Pull Me From The Floor’, ‘Walk All Day With You’ and ‘Promise Me’. These tracks show that the band may very well be moving to a different point in their music as well as in their lives but also remind fans of their roots.
The song ‘Walk All Day With You’ is arguably the most daring song on the album, featuring a far slower pace than usual, with a beautiful instrumental and instead of the usual feeling of regret and sadness that they evoke, it instead puts forth the idea of understanding, taking responsibility and appreciating things others do. This track definitely shows the band is growing up.
Songs like ‘Such A Shame’ and ‘Promise Me’ are probably the most instrumentally impressive on the album. ‘Such A Shame’ has a bass riff from Kyle Todd reminiscent of early Blink-182 which shouldn’t work for a band like Moose Blood but does fantastically, as well as a Smashing Pumpkinsesque guitar lick from Mark E. Osbourne that accompanies the end of the song perfectly. The song itself deals with the theme of regret, something that vocalist/guitarist Eddy expresses in a blunt, relatable and thought provoking manner. ‘Promise Me’ is arguably the albums greatest track, this is where the more seasoned, damaged and wiser side of Moose Blood really comes into the spotlight. This song is much more of a reflection of the past and past relationships that is packaged beautifully featuring a soft melodic section around the halfway point with clean guitars leading into a short and sweet drum solo from drummer Lee Munday. The song is arguably more positive than some others on the album which makes it feel like the band are beginning to enter that transitional period but still stays authentic to the Moose Blood formula.
“IT IS HONEST, PURE, AND EMOTIONALLY RAW…”
Overall, this isn’t just a phenomenal, but unforgettable Moose Blood album, however throughout listening its difficult not to wonder how much longer the band can continue following the same formula before it becomes too much of the same, an where a musical transition may be necessary. This album seems to have captured the essence of the band perfectly, but maybe it is time for the band to move forward from the emotional disparity of heartbreak and into something bolder. Moose Blood are incredibly talented, and this album highlights that but their potential to create something with real substance is becoming apparent. ‘I Can’t Do This Anymore’ is the perfect follow up to ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ that ‘Blush’ didn’t seem to capture. This album is like a window into the mind of the band, it is a reflection of their thoughts and feelings, and whilst it may not be all that different from their other material, it is honest, pure, and emotionally raw. An absolute must-listen from a band that are taking everything in their stride.
WORDS: FERGUS CARNEY
I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE IS OUT FRIDAY 9TH MARCH VIA HOPELESS RECORDS