The Mowgli’s

The Mowgli’s

The Mowgli’s

Sound the Drum

The Collective CA

If I hadn’t read the press stuff, I’d guess this was a kid-oriented band. The Mowgli’s sound is incredibly fresh faced, their playing is melodic, and the vocals have a clean-shirt-and-clip-on-bow-tie appeal that even your mom couldn’t turn down. Their online presence is pervasive but not horribly helpful; all I know is there are seven members and they come from South Cali. Beyond that I draw a blank, so I’ll just focus on the songs they sent me from Sound the Drum.

I’ll retract my opening line; “Gamblers Hell” isn’t terribly kid friendly and “Slowly, Slowly” offers to send B of A to hell and as good parents we only tell kids about hell when we want them to clean their rooms or write thank you notes to elderly aunts in Minneapolis. But “Ca$h,” now that’s a bouncy tune about meeting someone new, but your typical 8-year-old wouldn’t catch that on the first or tenth spin. While Mowgli’s songs are generally traditional rock songs, their large ensemble allows a layered, complex sound. I don’t hear any really weird instruments, but the vocals take a new tack on harmony, and you’re ready to stick it out with them even on songs you don’t like, just to see where this band can take them. Of all the “indie” bands I’ve heard over the years, this is the one that equates indie” with “new and creative” rather than “new and just like all the other indie bands on Bandcamp.” Strongly recommended.

The Mowgil’s: myspace.com/themowglisbandthecollectiveca.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Sweet Crude
    Sweet Crude

    Créatures (Rhyme and Reason). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Gregg Allman, RIP
    Gregg Allman, RIP

    Michelle Wilson gives tribute to the voice of an angel. Gregg Allman, RIP.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

From the Archives