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“With a sound that is lush with a mix of alt-country, punk and pop, as well as songs that come across like vignettes of the lives of the band, Calling Morocco’s debut album has a lot going for it from start to finish... [T]aken as a whole this is a collection of sheer enjoyment, both that of the band in doing what they do and from myself as the listener, drawn into scenarios as a good book can often do but with some eminently listenable music to back it up. What cannot be ignored is that this is a damn fine album which should appeal to fans of bands like the Gaslight Anthem, the Hold Steady, Drag the River and the Blacklist Royals to name but a few.”
“As Calling Morocco will testify with their recently released full-length Outside Providence, old habits die hard. Following the path paved and marked by the now-defunct legends Missouri Mule, this new five-piece outfit headed by Kyle Olson perpetuates the punk flair of the old days with thrashers like “Pale Blue” while still leaving room for growth and maturation, which is especially evident in the country-rock ballad “Mess.” Olson’s gravelly voice fits these different styles like a brand-new leather jacket: give it a short while to break in, and it will provide massive style and sensibility for years to come.”
“There is something inside of all of us that will always love rowdy, poignant, drink-’til-you-forget-her anthems. If warm spring nights remind you of songs like these, Calling Morocco is a perfect soundtrack. The band’s first record, Outside Providence—produced by Katy Perry’s keyboardist—will be released next month. Kyle Olson’s Lucero-like raspy vocals regale tales of women who have ensnared him and the friends—and drunken nights—that sutured up broken hearts. Let’s hope The Press Club stocks up their supply of tall cans for this one—these songs will make you feel like you’ve known them your entire life.”
“Cheers to you, Davis' own Calling Morocco. There aren't many bands that can somehow sound like the soundtrack to a coming of age teen comedy, the great American road trip, and a night of drinking gone horribly wrong all at the same time. This alt-everything (country, rock and punk) band is some bizarre cross section of guys from Jimmy Eat World showing up on Merle Haggard' porch, out of their minds on Boone's and Thunderbird, and begging him to tell them all of their cigarettes. It appears Merle was kind enough to brew them some coffee and offer them a smoke, perch them on his knee, and proceed to tell them what's what.”