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info opinion

Moxie Motive

Self-titled CDEP


Genre: indie rock, rock

June 2008

I'm pretty impressed with Chicago's Moxie Motive, a rock group specializing in charged anthems with the occasional violin part thrown in to give things some texture. This EP is a spirited effort that is certainly noteworthy - while it isn't as consistently awesome as it could be, it is obvious that MM have some serious talent going on here. Perhaps their most valuable asset is Matt Duhaime, whose chops remind me of Gareth Liddiard's (The Drones) raspy wail.

The best tracks on here are the awesome "I Think You Are" and catchy "The Lonely Lifeguard," though Versus-esque "Flush of Hearts" is also quite enjoyable. Some of the softer ballads are pleasant but merely serviceable ("Gone By Now," Martin Tielli-esque "Ladybugs"), while "Love Hate" has a nice, warm sound that could garner it multiple listens. Overall, there's a fairly high hit-to-miss ratio on this EP, and this speaks buckets for Moxie Motive's future. With a little luck, they'll keep the momentum up and build upon this great debut for their upcoming album.

mp3 (from flush of hearts, gone by now


youuuuuuuutube!: "i think you are" live

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, 28:30, distributed by CD Baby, released 2007]