Battle Lines | Domino
Vancouver’s Bob Moses is the duo of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance who blew up with their Days Gone By album and its ear worm single Tearing Me Up.
The duo’s mix of both classic rock song structure and EDM textures and rises made it instantly appealing to fans in both camps and they toured heavily in support of the album. Last year, Bob Moses was nominated for Live Act of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards.
They will be hitting the tour circuit hard in support of the new album. Before they play in town, here are five things to know about the new album:
1 — Atmosphere: Bob Moses favours a mostly reverb-heavy production on Battle Lines which does a lot towards giving the album a slightly detached flavour. A lot of really cool pop albums make use of this style of production to be, well, cool.
2 — Battle Lines: Easily one of the best and most directly driving songs on the album, this almost has a bit of a Split Enz One Step Ahead riff going on. It also has what just might be the longest guitar solo that has ever appeared on any song by the duo. It’s a tasty one too.
3 — Don’t Hold Back: If you had to choose a track as the most likely to hit as a single, track 10 is it. It has the pulsing beat accented by an electric cymbal slap. There is the earnest build in the vocal that opens up into nearly an A cappella break. And the title becomes the main lyrical hook in the style of many addictive tunes.
4 — Arena ballads: Perhaps aware that its rising star equals needing the kind of high drama material to capture the folks in the upper rows, songs such as Nothing But You have the kind of big choruses you can easily imagine waving a lit up phone back and forth to. The tune also features retro synth loops and explosive percussion accents.
5 — Break Up Soundtrack: Taking a look at the titles — Battle Lines, Back Down, Eye For An Eye, Listen To Me, Fallen From Your Arms — Battle Lines is almost certainly a big breakup record. And if it isn’t, it will still play that role for many listeners.
Bob Moses plays Sept. 25 at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets at Ticketmaster.ca
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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment