The Ship, St. John's NL, April 23

Photo: Vish Khanna

BY Vish KhannaPublished Apr 24, 2015

Somewhere between John Reis' Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From the Crypt, hometown band Mooch play a kind of mathematical post-punk with unexpectedly fun riffs and full-on power.

The trio have this scrappy charm, and their set began almost tentatively with ad hoc level checks. Barre chord pop-punk progressions get them going, but there are also proggy power funk parts (not like Rush, but kinda) and snarly vocals that give each song a compelling tension. The rhythm section is ridiculously great (loud, loud bass), and guitarist/vocalist Jordan Lawrence has this shy-but-in-charge presence. And their cover of Nirvana's "Negative Creep" sounded pretty much exactly like Change of Heart's "Trigger," which is odd.

The more they played, the weirder Mooch got, but they were totally fun to check out.

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