Mozes And The Firstborn

Burger Records, 2019

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


A Dutch garage rock band who has been very prolific in their relatively short existence, Mozes And The Firstborn has already made quite a name for themselves on their home continent. This third album should certainly gain them a number of new fans across the pond, too. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Dadcore, their love letter to rock music, unfolds like a mixtape as it walks across countless different sounds and styles, including post-grunge, soft rock, surf vibes, and even some punk-influenced gang vocals.

The title track “Dadcore,” featuring Together Pangea, is the first true song and brings lo-fi rock with a punchy retro sound. It’s followed by the more ominous “If I,” which carries a grungy rock feeling before slipping into a hazy, methodical position. True to their mixtape template here, “Baldy” carries a breezy Americana feeling with harmonicas, and “Hello” is a quirky, fuzzed out track that would appeal to fans of Dinosaur Jr.

Later in the listen, “Scotch Tape/Stick With Me” (featuring Kelsey Reckling) brings us by far the longest track at six minutes; it's one of the best, poking and prodding along fuzzed out alt-rock and precise, restrained moments. Meanwhile, the calm, organ-friendly “We're All Saints” tackles the questionable thought that everyone who dies was somehow the best person who lived.

Although there's 18 tracks here, many are well under a minute and basically serve as aberrant interludes between the fuller tunes as Mozes And The Firstborn essentially patches together the best moments of the '90s with raw, sonically engaging sounds that wander, rumble, and distort in very exciting ways.

Whether you think Nevermind was the best album of the '90s, still spin your Stooges albums constantly, or champion Sedadoh as the most underappreciated band ever, Dadcore can offer you plenty of quirky fun that you won't soon forget.

Rating: B+

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