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M.O.B - 2003 White Trash Stomp

Fredrik Notling - vocals
Peter Gustafsson - guitars, vocals
Conny Goldschmidt - bass, vocals
Richard Averdahl - drums

An unfortunately named Swedish mob (no pun intended), who despite the handle and album title, are playing a style that has more in common with the resurgent retro scene coming out Sweden. Call it what you will: classic rock, retro rock, in M.O.B's case, the guitars are smokin' and there's a definite 'fuck em if they can't take a joke' attitude prevailing throughout this 11 track disc. How wonderfully refreshing in this sickening politically correct world we live in. Just the other week we reviewed the new Mercury Fang album, who as it turns out, are another Swedish band playing in a similar style. From Stockholm, M.O.B have a bit more dirt under the fingernails by comparison, but for the majority of the time, there is an insistent melodic edge that is inherent when you listen to the album. Just what is the lyrical inspiration behind the album title 'White Trash Stomp' is a bit hard to comprehend, but I suppose visions of reckless 'rednecks', Jack Daniels, Harley Davidsons and Trailer Park trash all come racing across the visionary landscape when you play the song. The hillbilly banjo picking at the start does everything to embellish that thought!

The Songs
'Alone But Not Lonely' is a nifty 70's hard rock chug-a-long number, a subtle reminder of that late great era, followed by 'Can't Find My Way' which surely must be a track stolen from the Laudamus unreleased back-collection? Increasing the tempo a notch is the power-rock of 'Good Things Never Last', think Motorhead meets Exciter in some back alley on a dark night and you've got it in one! Proving that they can change musical hats and churn out a ballad is evidenced on 'In Spite of It All'. It's mainly acoustic, with some nice harmonies to boot. Despite the songtitle, 'Going Forward' is in fact another retro event from the 70's, that has a lot in common with the aforementioned Mercury Fang, particularly the vocal stylings. The guitars take on a groove-laden edge toward the latter part of the album, as we hear on tracks such as 'Documentary Mayhem', 'Damned Nation' and 'Stay Out Of My Life'. It's interesting to note that Swedish bands in the main, have taken to this retro style like a duck to water, while other countries have tended to drown under a plethora of lesser interesting styles. I wonder why this is? Swedish fans, feel free to drop me a line on this topic..

In Summary
As I said, the band name and album title are misleading, but don't let that put you off. This album ain't bad at all. If they continue to keep the 'buzz' happening around the Stockholm bar/club scene, you could very well see M.O.B invited to turn up at next years Sweden Rock Festival, where I'm sure they will feel right at home!

Track Listing:
01 White Trash Stomp
02 Scapegoats
03 Alone But Not Lonely
04 Can't Find My Way
05 Good Things Never Last
06 In Spite Of It All
07 Going Forward
08 Documentary Mayhem
09 Damned Nation
10 Stay Out Of My Life
11 The Other Side

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