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The Muslims

Self-titled LP

1928 Recordings

Genre: garage rock, indie rock

Michigan, USA

Feb 23, 2009

A seven-song EP that's been bolstered with three tracks previously only available on assorted seven-inches, The Muslims' debut album is an action-packed garage rock romp with an infectious, foot-moving energy. Much like an old band named Evergreen, these folks mesh sweaty house-party excitement with melodic satisfaction, pulling off several terrific slabs of rawk in the process.

The carnage begins with the wiggling bass-line of catchy “Right and Wrong,” an energizing and satisfying way to kick off a record. This is a sign of good things to come. Among the record's better parts are the tempting, rumbling build up of “Beside Myself” and vaguely acid-drenched “On My Time.” These folks pull off a fantastic homage to sixties and seventies garage-punk, merging dance-worthy rhythms with jerking guitars and infectiously simplistic vocal parts. Nary a single track misses the mark, resulting in a joyful record perfect for producing an instant party atmosphere. As the general public moves on from the faddish garage rock revival pioneered by the likes of The Strokes and The Hives, folks like these remind us that, when pulled off with ample verve, nothing beats good old fashioned rock music.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released February 2008]