The Moog Performs Tonight at The ND
After perusing their first two releases, then finally checking out Seasons In the Underground, I was convinced that The Moog was from London. In a way, their sound reminded me of some of the English rock-pop bands surfacing in the early ’80s. But surprise: The Moog hail from Budapest, Hungary, and there’s not a hint of retro posturing to their music at all. I prefer to look at it as re-imagining garage rock and late-’70s synth-pop by injecting a bit of Eastern European flair into it. Super cool.
The quintet produced their latest release with legendary engineer Ken Scott (think The Beatles, Bowie, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd). They pound out some incredibly danceable rock ‘n’ roll with a multitude of pop hooks – contagious, electrifying, bouncing all over the place. Perhaps a little reminiscent of early-era New Wave, but not quite. Nor is it power pop. But certainly, elements of both are part the bigger picture.
Bottom line: Check them out. The Moog is in Austin for a show tonight at The ND, located at E. 5th and Brushy. Local bands are on the bill: Gabe Hascall, The Continuums, and They Look Like Good Strong Hands. A night of high-pitch rock fever, friends. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.