Formed in July of 2009, The Mole People have shown Austin a fresh take on full-throttle, psychedelic rock and roll. If that’s your genre, their latest effort, Lost Age, is one you won’t want to miss.
The album opens with “Why Don’t You Call My Name,” a track that sounds like classic rock, but with a sharply modern twist. Next up is “I’m Running Dry,” which begins with guitarist Art Levy playing vivacious riffs that illustrate the band’s dedication to rock and roll’s roots. While the guitar tends to overpower the other instruments, the band’s harmonies are infectious, bringing a lively feel to the track.
“Someday’s Gonna Be Mine” follows with a slick pop feeling and an introductory guitar riff that you won’t be able to stop humming. All the while, drummer Jose Arturo Silva drives the track steadily forward with his precise timing. This track makes it clear that The Mole People are a special kind of band that really has a “feel” for music extending beyond their instruments. They know exactly what their audience wants, and they deliver. Lost Age closes with “Searching The Streets,” a guitar-heavy tune that brings together everything the band is about: Quality songwriting and insanely catchy, power-pop hooks.
While the band doesn’t necessarily have a unique sound — Wisconsin rock band Locksley is their closest approximation — The Mole People’s biggest asset is their raw power on stage. It is no wonder the local rock scene loves these guys. You can almost smell their love of music when they take the stage. They are absolutely one of Austin’s most exciting acts.
Check out this live performance of “Why Don’t You Call My Name” at Austin’s own Sahara Lounge.
If you are interested in purchasing Lost Age, check out The Mole People’s Bandcamp page.