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“Their debut in 2011 almost seemed like a fluke it was so good, but the writing prowess of country-rockers Mosey West show that they were just getting warmed up; this sophomore release is even better than their first. They’re writing for another time, but it effortlessly fits the here and now.”
“To start, I love bands that drink the shit out of beer, play the shit out of their instruments, look like they’re having the time of their lives and make no apologies that they might, in fact be drunk. Mosey West is that kind of band. These guys had the ladies dancing and the crowd clapping as the blasted through their blend of folk-tinged Americana-infused rock music. Powerful guitar playing, spot-on harmonies and a drummer who played like it was his last day on earth brought everything wonderfully together. At one point I was having so much fun I felt like smashing beer bottles on the ground and stomping all over the place. I am, however, a civilized man and I refrained.”
“Mosey West is a Fort Collins-based trio who claims to have started playing music just to garner free drinks. However, the band’s 2011 debut, “Vaca Money,” and its follow-up, “Merica” — released last month — prove that guitarist Adam Brown, bassist Mike McGraw and drummer Matt Weitz can do more than throw back shots. Deftly balancing heartache and hubris, the Northern Colorado threesome has a rollicking good time exploring its own anger and angst with a richly layered sound that contrasts strikingly with its gritty lyrics.”
“A layer of distorted indie and Americana chords and vocal production pulsate and fill the air on Mosey West songs on the band’s latest release, merica. The use of mood sound shows that merica ground walked by artists from Gram Parsons through to M. Ward. The E.P., merica, is a home grown effort. Mosey West recorded in their native Colorado (Loveland) and played a slew of hometown shows for the album’s early May due date. “In Tune” ambles in to the album quietly but with a slight tension in its edgy hushed chord pattern and echoey hum. The song builds nicely, riding the strings of the pedal steel to the surface. “The Storm” oom-pahs a walking pace for its path, “Hometown Heroes” follows the persistent beat of a rock parade for a story about the local guys who are big fish in small pools and “To Tame” partners harmonica and hollowed out chords together to stitch darkness around seductive vocals.”
“Following on from last years 5 track debut EP Vaca Money Fort Collins CO. trio Mosey West are back with another release, Merica is a self released 7 track set that you can buy at Bandcamp, check out The Storm for a classic slice of alt-country.”
"Shut the hell up. Turn off those amps. This is your last warning."
“With the release of Mosey West's five-song debut EP, Vaca Money, the Fort Collins-based trio established itself as one of the better alt-country acts to come out of the area in the past few years. But while Vaca Money was a strong effort, the band's seven-song follow-up EP, Merica, outdoes its predecessor. ("Merica" was the band's original moniker.) On it, Mosey West opts for a heartfelt, no-frills approach to alt-country that owes more to Uncle Tupelo than to Wilco and is built on the vocals of bassist Mike McGraw and guitarist Adam Brown. The two trade off lead vocals throughout the disc and harmonize quite well with one another, particularly on tracks like the outstanding opener, "In Tune," and "Gone."”
“They may still be a relatively new band, but the writing prowess of Fort Collins-based Mosey West makes it feel like they’ve been doing this for eons. It also feels like they’re doing all of this writing in another time. With nods to country-rock legends like Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and Neil Young, the band has a sound that is relaxed and perfect for a front porch. Lots of other acts have that sound too, but Mosey West’s magic is their phrasing, which keeps the material engaging throughout and eschews the chance of the album becoming background music. Phrasing comes in the form of poetic lines like, “Don’t get me wrong, my dear, plenty men round here would like to call your name,” off the track “Gone.” And it shows up again on the EP’s strongest track, “Bad Actors,” which has a direct Neil Young vibe. Merica is Mosey West’s second EP in as many years and with that relatively modest output they’ve already landed a spot at the Wakarusa Music Festival.”
“The album drifts from now to then, here to there, in and out of love, basking in glory and defeat along the way. “In Tune” captures the dilemma of being a situation that’s never going to change but savoring the comfort of it’s familiarity and dysfunction—well all this talking ‘sgot me tired, tired of listening to the heartbreak, its all long and drawn out, how many years now…‘Sgot me walking to the discount liquor store where I pay a lot of visits—the song ends with a story of a bar fight, breaking bottles, wailing sirens—I’m smiling big now, it’s the same sort of pleasure… This is an album that everyone can relate to. You can find solace in your own troubled paths in life while smiling and tapping your feet”
“Mosey West, it’s a great name for a band from Colorado isn’t it? The name imparts the feeling of the easy going, laid back kind of lifestyle that Colorado is famous for. The kind of life where things matter, but nothing except friends, family, music, and maybe an afternoon nap, matter too much. These three guys create music that echoes the images their name conjures up. With rich harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, and a sound that betrays influences like Drive-By Truckers, The Band, and Neil Young, Mosey West is mature beyond their years. So, sit back, click play on their new single that is streaming below (and download it if you like what you hear) and learn a little about Mosey West before you mosey on about the rest of your day.”
“A great debut EP from the solid Fort Collins Americana band Mosey West comes off like a collection of Uncle Tupelo songs, and the disc’s standout track “Cold Prediction” sounds like a lost Neil Young song.”
“The two vocalists add their own touch to each song, creating a balancing dynamic while keeping the listener engrossed.”
“Fort Collins Co. three piece Mosey West have self-released their debut offering to the world in the form of a five-track EP called Vaca Money, Mike McGraw (bass, vocals), Adam Brown (guitar, vocals) and Matt Weitz (drums, vocals) plough a furrow of classic alt-country.”
“Mosey West is a pallet of the origins of rock.”
"Mosey West is equally as adept at playing foot-stomping tunes as it is offering up more heartfelt cuts like "Crystal Fire."
“Vaca Money is a fine first effort. There is unexpected depth in the lyrics and arrangement of the five songs featured here. Between the whiskey-rough vocals, the buzzing electric guitars and the pedal steel, this is classic sounding stuff.”
“Mosey West has put out one hell of a debut EP. The Fort Collins-based Americana group has dropped five songs that sound like early Uncle Tupelo, with a mix of solid playing and raspy vocals that seem as if they came pouring out of a cool dive bar in the Midwest.”
"Refreshingly Unadorned Alt Country"
"The band plays a little bit of rock and roll, folk and blues mixed with alternative country, but all of their music has roots in traditional Americana."
“Mosey West’s music is raw energy that you do your best to harness, Sometimes the sound struck like unpredictable lightning; but on those special occasions that you hear on the album tracks, it was thermionic emission.”
"Raw and Edgy Roots Rock"