Mouthful Of Daisy - Twice Renewed
I'm not sure what a mouthful of daisies would taste like, nor do I think I want to know. Mouthful of Daisy, an alternative rock foursome from the Lotusland of Vancouver, British Columbia is a different story, however. Maybe it's because their Millennial Generation members with distinct names like J'ace (guitar/keyboards), Alix (bass), and Kaija (vocals) grew up in the shadow of Seattle, where so much great music was produced in the 1990s. Or perhaps they've been motivated by emerging bands from their own hometown whose heavy sound they hope to emulate, such as The Pack A.D., Japandroids, and Mother Mother. Whatever the reason, I've found myself giving Twice Renewed, MOD's latest album, repeated listens. (They have another full-length as well as an EP, all of which you can sample at MouthfulofDaisy.Bandcamp.com.)
This is some solid post-grunge with commercial appeal. Think Celebrity Skin-era Hole, only more indie pop. They're infinitely more edgier than supposed Vancouverite pop punkers Marianas Trench (the latter win out in the wannabe rockstar hairstyle department, however). While good music isn't supposed to have anything to do with image, you get the definite feeling MOD are being shaped around singer Kaija's voice. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as it's plenty strong without being overwhelming, evened out with a dose of BC Coast mellowness, and not afraid to reach back to '80s glam metal for inspiration. If I have any criticism, it's that all 10 tracks on Twice Renewed have a bit of a homogeneous quality to them. You've got a good voice, Kaija, with a lot of spunk to it, but this isn't a televised competition where you're in danger of being voted off for cracking slightly...
That said, it would not surprise me at all to see Mouthful of Daisy with a sizeable following in tow at a festival like Rifflandia in Victoria next year. Just don't be afraid to give 'er sometimes, OK?
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