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L.A. Unheard: Moostache's steely rock

January 30, 2012 |  3:24 pm


The band: Moostache -- three brothers rounded out live by guitarist Ryan Radcliff.

The sound: The group hails from Huntington Beach, a few miles outside of this column’s usual purview, but Moostache’s scrappy rock is too endearing to miss. (Just try to overlook the band name.) On its self-titled new EP, the group offers taut, bristling rock in the vein of a number of recent Angeleno favorites: Avi Buffalo, the Henry Clay People and the World Record. Singer Patrick Wardell’s tuneful yowls never tip too far over into throat-shredding, and the six-track effort is hi-fi enough for KROQ and energetic enough for the Smell (or at least the Echo).

The random: The band’s searing sound comes in part from producers Billy Mohler and Jimmy Messer (Kelly Clarkson, Samantha Ronson), who split recording duties with Jonathan O’Brien (Count Fleet).

The details: The band’s EP is available for free on its website, with a physical version featuring additional songs planned for March. Moostache will play Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar tonight.

The music: Download “Hands of Steel” below.

MP3: Moostache -- “Hands of Steel”


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-- David Greenwald

Photo: Huntington Beach rockers Moostache. Credit: Austin Bauman.