NEWS FLASH! El Mopa launching The Metal Years Sunday 11th Oct at the Oxford Art Factory with special guests Bearhug, Holiday Sidewinder (Bridezilla), The Maple Trail (duo) 6pm $12
The Metal Years (hac138)
new album in stores October 3rd
The third album from Sydney four piece el Mopa has been described as ‘Sydney soul’. While the band endorses that description, we are all world citizens now, aren’t we? So it’s more than that – with touches of Akron / Animal Collective psych folk ('The Dead Certainty') mariachi intensity ('What We’re Burning') and roots tinged rock ('Dirty Old Town') and even songs matching the title - the 90s dinosaur stomp of 'I See A Strobe' and the post-QOTSA stoner rock of 'The Metal Years'.
Back from the wilderness with a new lineup, El Mopa arises more powerful than ever, with three voices leading the chorus: founder Simon Wooldridge, guitarist Matthew J Toohey (Kid Cornered) and bassist producer Emma Hoy (Pip Branson Corporation, the Bonettes, Bruce). Guests like Bree Van Reyk (Holly Throsby), Darren Hanlon and Penny McBride (the Cannanes) put them in good company. A long time in the making, and longer in the waiting, this is el Mopa’s musical values distilled to optimal 40 minute form.
Here's what they said about the last album:
"There's plenty of feeling found in their messily inventive of blues, country and indie ... strange and sprawling ... and alight with high level electricity." **** Rolling Stone
"Sumptuous, inspired, teasingly discordant beauties..." *** the Australian
"Understatedly impresive" - The Drum
"El Mopa are masters of this deceptive gravitas, like a swimmer who begs you to help him out of the waves but then pulls you under with him - and you don't mind drowning." - Splendid ezine