Moped - Welcome To The Exdous

Published Saturday 29th October 2005
Moped - Welcome To The Exdous
Moped - Welcome To The Exdous

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13689-3791
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Steve Best

The three brothers Shearman are proving very popular live in their native Aotearoa (New Zealand to the rest of us; more specifically, Wellington) and on the evidence of this, their second album, it's not hard to see why. Moped's sound (and I love the name, by the way) is best described as groove-based reggae and rock, although there are myriad influences and nods that crop up here and there, including early Police, 2-Tone bands, even Athlete and the Ordinary Boys here and there, along with a lead vocal delivery from Hayden that reminds me at times of '80s singer/songwriter Joe Jackson - and that is meant as a compliment, by the way! Authentically echo-laden, Moped aren't afraid to worship along ("Look To You") in a genre that probably wouldn't be that used to worshipping. In general this kind of music doesn't translate well to record even though it goes down a storm live, but I think Moped have pulled it off pretty well on this occasion. Now, room for a small one on pillion?

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Reader Comments

Posted by Arna in Wellington @ 07:50 on Nov 15 2005

i have this album and its so kewl like honestly and Karl you rock dude keep druming those drums haha i love the song: Will you come and Take me for a ride they are mint songs and even if ur like anti christian this is still a brilliant Cd megga Phat sounds keep rocking out those tunes boys MOPED all they way

Love you all from Arna xoxo

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