A lot of young music aficionados often lament the fact that we were not born earlier. “I wish I had lived in the ’70s!” we groan, thinking of the style, the bands, and the culture of earlier decades. Indeed, music had certain special qualities, and along with the historical and contextual importance of the music is the fact that musicians were actually good. Recorded albums had no digitalization, less mastering, and more raw talent. Today the best way to judge musical abilities is through the creation of live music, and lucky for us, Mammoth Grove gives us the best of both with some extraordinary talent and an incredible live album.
Recorded completely in one live session, the band’s self-titled EP is a five-track showcase of everything they do best. Full of catchy guitar riffs, harmonic vocals and head-bobbing percussion, the album also has that wickedly deep bass that tends to exist only in live shows. This is the type of music you can feel in your chest and shakes your entire core, a rare and happy find for a recorded album. It’s not just the bass, though; it’s the way the bass mixes with everything else to create a harmonic and powerful wall of sound. Guitar and bass have authority here, and in songs like “Hunted” and “Black Ocean” we’re treated to some awesome solos that show off real playing abilities and showmanship. Remembering this is a live album is difficult, as songs seem too seamless and intentional to be anything but perfected. This is raw, good music, and is something to experience rather than simply hear.
Thinking of similar sounds, a few other bands come to mind. The influence of classic rock bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The Doors definitely make an appearance, and after noticing a similarity between “Generation” and The Doors’ “L.A. Woman” you’ll find it hard to take away this association as you hear the riffs. This is a good comparison to make and one that is difficult (and rare) to create.
This is the classic rock sound we’ve been longing for. The dirty, natural feel of the ’60s and ’70s seeps from every track, and by blending more modern tones to remain current, the songs have a completely hip but timeless feel. Aficionados, lament no more. This is an incredibly smooth, incredibly satisfying (although short) collection of songs that leave you begging for more. For a taste of Mammoth Grove’s sound, check out Facebook, ReverbNation or MySpace, download some (FREE!) songs on BandCamp, and for a real experience, get to a live show. If they’re this good on a CD, imagine what they’re like onstage.