Mojo Filter - 'Mrs Love Revolution'

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Mojo Filter - 'Mrs Love Revolution'

If you're partial to the rich stew of 70s rock, Mojo Filter keep the pots on simmer.

With just a four track EP to their name up to now this is the Italian band’s first full album. From Milan, their music couldn’t be more different than the city’s reputation for staying at the cutting edge of fashion. Unmoved by present trends they cast their approach back to the plaid shirts and sideburns era of the 70s. They play rootsy, vintage rock. It’s music designed for a road trip. It might be more of an old Fiat Uno than a new, gleaming Ferrari, but there’s still some fun to be had on the route.

While fairly undemanding, it’s played with a warmth and genuine feel that wins you over. The low-fi production, which they were given a hand with by Jono Manson who has worked with the Spin Doctors, works in its favour, keeping it simple and raw and the band’s original material echoes some the 70s greats affectionately. The Rolling Stones permeates most of the songs, in particular ‘Ragged Companion’. Other classic British bands that crop up are The Faces on the cheery ‘Liar’ and The Pretty Things on ‘What I’ve Got’ with its more 60’s beat feel.

There are also stateside influences in the pot; ‘Just Like A Soldier’ has the ghost of Hendrix’s ‘Crosstown Traffic’ buried in its grooves. Then there’s the thick Mountain like riff driven ‘No Comment Please’, the leisurely paddle steamer of a track ‘The River’ which is similar to Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s the one track that reaches out and jams. Although you half expect all the tracks to have extended jam solos, they don’t, and keep close to the heart of the song. Indeed they have the approach of the Grateful Dead on their ‘Workman’s Dead’ album where the jamming was shorn. They even sound like the Dead on the country pickin’ rock of ‘Las Vegas’.

Guitarist and lead singer Alessandro Battistini won’t be appearing on The Voice anytime soon, but there’s a rough, honest (if slightly accented) charm to his singing. At times he recalls a supermarket’s own brand of a mix of Jagger, Spike from the Quireboys and Jim Morrison. Likeable and it’s much better to hear their own original compositions than to hear tired covers of the bands name checked above.

If you’re partial to the rich stew of 70s rock, Mojo Filter keep the pots on simmer.

Duncan Jamieson

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