Friday, August 8, 2008

Italian duo The Mojomatics fuses bluegrass, country and folk with British invasion pop and a breakneck punk pace on its upcoming album.

“…Damn best record I’ve heard in a long long time!” – MaximumRockNRoll

The Mojomatics is a two-man band based in Venice, Italy formed in 2003 by MojoMatt (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and DavMatic (drums, percussion). The band heaps together hillbilly blues, old country, folk, and bluegrass, injects it with the melody of British Invasion pop, and fires it all out with the breakneck energy of the best garage, punk and rock’n’roll. The duo’s playing is tight, electric and eclectic and often sounds like five, not just two!

Soon after The Mojomatics formed, the group released the Devil Got My Woman EP on Shake Your Ass Records and began to tour relentlessly throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, opening for such incredible bands as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Old Time Relijun.

While on tour in 2004, The Mojomatics met up with Germany’s Alien Snatch label which later released the debut Mojomatics album A Sweet Mama Gonna Hoodoo Me, sixteen swampy blues encrusted punk tunes with a lot of rootsy pop harmonies and rambling country-esque edges.

Songs For Faraway Lovers, the band’s second album, was produced by the group and released by Alien Snatch in 2006. The Mojomatics poured out even more hooks on its second record and revealed some more roots via several American-style folk ballads. The band then embarked on a great European tour, playing in Italy, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway opening for such bands as Black Lips, Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello and Radio Birdman.

The band’s new record Don’t Pretend That You Know Me will be released by Italy’s Ghost Records (home to Hot Gossip, Canadians and Black Eyed Dog) in September, 2008.

Songs For Faraway Lovers isn’t an attempt to recapture an era; they actually somehow, someway, become one with the British rock scene of the mid-1960s. I can’t give any higher praise than that. Don’t miss this one. (9/10)” – Music Reviewer

“You don’t have to pretend to know The Mojomatics, but you must absolutely try it! (9/10)” – Rumore (Italy)

“Such songs as ‘Wait A While,’ ‘Miss Me When I’m Gone’ and ‘Down My Spine’ are amazingly beautiful.” – Rolling Stone (Italy)

Don’t Pretend That You Know Me Tracklisting:
Release Date: Sept. 23rd, 2008
01. Wait A While (MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Miss Me When I’m Gone
03. Clean My Sins
04. Askin’ For A Better Circumstance
05. You Are Not Me (Fortunately)
06. Complicate My Life
07. Stars Above
08. She Loves
09. Losin’ Time
10. Down My Spine
11. Hole In My Heart
12. Winter Got No Eyes

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