Live Review by Meg Tucker
Adelaide 4 piece Mogerlaine revealed their debut self titled EP at the Crown And Anchor with help from Josh Bills fromThese Wild Animals and Kyle Landman from local favourites Young Offenders. Main man Nicholas Pipe (of Seventeen Fifty Seven) started the group up with a helping hand from drummer Ash Mattews. With all of the associations down pat its easy to see how they were all so at home onstage.
The band started off with all guns blazing, backup singers and guitars aplenty it was an impressive start for any band - let alone an EP launch.
Nicholas leading with compelling lyrics such as "can you build me a space in the depths of your mind” in hand with a guitar solo at the end of the first song he put to rest any doubts about the potential of the band. There’s something admirable about a guy who has that much confidence in his skills to step out and play alone.
A full listen to their EP shows the broad spectrum of how far the band can take their sound. It makes it difficult to like Mogerlaine to anything because its more than just one genre, its the best mix of them all. New wave / power pop is just scratching the surface.
The night was filled with a blender mix of songs The Let Down - the first song written for the EP was a personal favourite. With its cheery rifts it was one of those windows down on a summer sunset road trip type of songs, it was perfect for a live sing along and will no about be a crowd pleaser.
Moving through to Blackjack a darker rock tune with spitting lyrics and a huge guitar solo ending it catered for the guys who wanted to head bang to their hearts content, there was something for every ear. Matched with the feeling of anticipation for what is next for Mongerlaine, the EP launch was something special to be apart of.