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MoHa! – Return to Candyland (Rune Grammofon) 2008

Posted in Moha!, Music, noise with tags on October 21, 2008 by noisenoisenoise

I’m fast becoming a Rune Grammofon junkie. Th equality and consistency of the label is amazing. I’ve got a stack of new Rune Grammofon releases to post on but I thought I’d better start with the most recent, MoHa’s Return to Candyland

Despite the dodgy title, Return To Candyland proves that MoHa! are one of the best things going around on the noise-rock scene at the moment. For those of you who stepped up for Norwegianism I’m glad to say that MoHa! decided not to stand still and have developed their avant-rock, freeform, drumming fuckfest into something a bit more tangible. The spazziness which made Norwegianism so much fun is still in abundance but where Norwegianism was chock full of one-idea, noise rock vingettes, Return To Candyland expands on their sound  to incorporate repetition, form and allow space and time to explore their ideas more fully. It’s certainly an easier listen than Norwegianism but it in no way disappoints. One of the few bands I’d pay money to see live. Excellent stuff.

Here’s a live clip from 2008

Moha! – Raus Aus Stavanger (Rune Grammofon) 2006

Posted in Moha!, Music, noise with tags on October 4, 2008 by noisenoisenoise

Like my love of nearly everything released on Important, I have to confess that my second favourite label right now is Norway’s Rune Grammofon. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been trawling around  the bargain bins of large chain record store. I managed to find some interesting stuff by Acid Mothers Temple and Matthew Dear on my travels but the best stuff I’ve come across are the various records I’ve picked up by bands released by this label, namely Shining, Phonophani and In the Country. Each of those records are very different beasts and I will post on them later but listening to them has made me think of Moha! again. I’ve already posted on their second album, Norwegianism and I’m happy to report that their third album has just been released in Europe and is winging it’s way to me (Godbless you Amazon UK) as I type. From my friends who read this blog the video that they most remark on is the one that accompanied Norwegianism. The question they asked was usually the rhetorical “Are you serious!” to the less rhetorical “Are they serious?” to the incredulous “And you paid money for that?” Norwegianism was certainly one of the more “out there” purchases I made last year but in it’s own way it was also one of the most challenging and, fuck it, I thought it was a blast.

Their first record Raus Aus Stavanger, is less frenetic that Norwegianism and certainly less obtuse. It is no less a noise record and in some ways Moha! are one of  of the  more interesting noise bands out there. Their vibe is pure improv rock, played as free jazz (just listen to that drummer!) but without tune (except for the occasional riff) or structure. It’s thrilling stuff. This is a much easier record to get into than  Norwegianism so If your thinking of dabbling start here. I’ll post on their latest effort in a couple of weeks.

Moha! – Norwegianism (Rune Grammofon) 2007

Posted in Lightning Bolt, Moha!, Music, noise on April 1, 2008 by noisenoisenoise


There are a couple of reasons why I was interested in buying this record. The first is that this made The Wire’s avant rock best of list for 2007. The second reason is due to an interesting review I read somewhere or other comparing Moha to a fusion of Lightning Bolt and Wolf Eyes. A comparison like that has even the poorest noise-nerd reaching for their wallets. But after listening to Norwegianism a couple of times I really don’t get the Wolf Eyes comparison. To my ears there is bucket loads of Lightning Bolt but it’s much more choppy and glitchy, almost John Wiese-like in places. I think Lightning Bolt mixed with Black Dice would have been a better description.

I know nothing about this band other than they are a guitar and drum duo from Norway. They make a pretty exceptional racket. The opening track is like free jazz Lightning Bolt. It’s obvious that there is a fair amount of improvisation going on, almost in the spirit of early Boredoms in places. When you think that this record was recorded in a single day and then consider just how hard and fast the drummer is hitting his kit it’s almost enough too make you want to lie down. This is a long way away from the transcendent white noise of Merzbow or the drone of Birchville. This is a great big, fun slice of improv-avant-rock music. If you were partial to John Wiese’s Soft Punk you may want to check this out. It’s not a record you can have on in the background it’s a record that demands (and I might add, deserves) attention.

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