Review: Mosmo Strange – Limelight 2, Belfast
In one of the most anticipated local gigs in recent memory, one of the staples of the local scene, Mosmo Strange took to Limelight to launch their new EP. The term ‘stalwart’ couldn’t apply more to these lads, as they’ve gained a reputation as one of the country’s hardest working bands. With a stellar supporting line-up, featuring acts from Mosmo Strange guitarist Nolan Donnelly’s record label Zool Records, as well as being one of the band’s biggest headline shows to date, this was not going to be one to forget.
The crowd arrived early to witness John Andrews open the night with his unique brand of blatantly Northern Irish folk. His original tracks prove him to be a talented story teller, fully investing the crowd with intense and interesting lyrics complementing by his dominating stage presence and gritty vocals. The covers, however, were just as interesting offering everything from a rendition of This Charming Man to an unlikely mash up of Folsom Prison Blues and Eminem’s Without Me. All of this seemed surprisingly natural, and the talent possessed by John clear.
While the crowd were fully on board for the acoustic opener, Willoware Jackson’s loud and groovy set really got them moving. Instrumentally the band were flawless throughout the whole set, with both bass in particular being some of the most impressive I’ve seen in a while. Each tune more lively than the last, it is clear that the Mosmo Strange faithful were completely involved with their set.
As the crowd continued to grow, so did the excitement for the headline act. However before that were math rock duo WASPS. These lads quite literally wear their influences on their sleeve, with guitarist Danny McClelland boasting an And So I Watch You From Afar tattoo, the vibes from this set could easily be compared the local legends themselves. With songs tailor made for mosh-pits and audience participation and possibly the heaviest song ever inspired by Ross Gellar, WASPS did not disappoint on their reputation as one of the most interesting acts on the circuit.
Finally the excitement climaxed with the highly-anticipated set from the nights headliners. With an instantly recognisable sound, dedicated fans and a reputation for energetic live shows, we were in for a treat. The new tunes sounded great and in keeping with the same level stoner rock which has earned the band the reputation they have today, and the bulk of the loyal crowd same back every word to the older tunes.
As always, the combination of vocal styles sounded immense, and the band were instrumentally perfect. Whether it was the occasion, the sheer character of the band and it’s fans or the fact it was one of the sweatier gigs I’ve attended in a long time, everything factored into making this gig one of the more memorable in recent memory.
With Mosmo Strange going from strength to strength, it’s remains to be seen just how much success lies in the bands future, but it is clear that they deserve every ounce of it.