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Mo Solid Gold
Mo Solid Gold (MSG) were the band that occupied Julian, Boag, Craig
and Rob for a bit after TAM. They shone briefly but brightly, with
a sharp funky sound and a spectacular and soulful new singer, K,
for one album and a few singles, but then faded away. Opinion amongst
TAM fans was inevitably divided (see the survey),
since it was such a significant change of direction, but generally
noone denies the high quality of "Brand New Testament".
This page has a few snippets from their early days that might not
be around anywhere else, the links page
and a decent search engine will help you find out more. There's
also a great interview with the TAM members that went on to make
up some of Mo Solid Gold here
(mirrored on this site here
if that link doesn't work).
Mo Solid Gold Reviews
The Camden Falcon (17.11.99)
Are you ready for star power? K, frontman for London four-piece
Mo Solid Gold, leans forward into the audience, his grin so wide he
could swallow whole this smattering of slowly-warming Camdenites.
Behind him, the Mo Solid players pump out a thrusting, Stax-powered
funk, all blitzed breakdowns and swirling Hammond keys, a distressed
groove capturing equally Make Up's gospel swell and Geno Washington's
Ram Jam Band's thirsty party stab. "Are you ready?" he calls. "Are
you with me?" The band kicks in again, harder this time, jerkier,
dirtier. And K's lost in it, torn between pouring his Otis Redding
howl into the mic, or simply kicking the mic stand to the ground and
miraculously catching it just before it hits the stage. It's too tough
a decision for him, so, what the fuck, he does both. So, yeah, star
power. That's what we've got here. And if the sources for this star
power seem perhaps a little too exposed right now, time and touring
will solve that. As the balmy closing 'On My Mind' washes over us,
a paranoid devotional, all post-Primal Scream soul, the idea of what
MSG will become within six months, every little quirk growing into
the band's own sound, well, it makes the mouth water really. Because
then, Mo Solid Gold will be ready. And you will most definitely be
with them. Stevie Chick
Camden Barfly, 12 Jan 2000.
(Thanks Miss Inga)
Excellent gig, better than last time in my opinion (was anyone else
there last time?). sound quality seemed better and the music was
even catchier (i'll be singing along at the next gig!). quite a
large crowd this time and a more responsive audience. the whole
band looked amused as well, and i witnessed some quite good gurning
and very slight posturing.
(& from me:)
I was there too - what a gig, eh? That singer (K) has that star/showoff
thing nailed perfectly. I'll tell you, it takes something serious
to produce mike-stand tricks that impress a jaded 20- something
indie kid. Felt a brief pang of sadness to see our boys playing
second fiddle; Julian on to bass, Boag with backing vocals, but
hey, they've moved on. You can't do the same thing forever and what
they're doing now is being the best new group I've seen in *years*.
I'll be back next week if I can dredge up some more friends!
Camden Barfly, 19 Jan 2000.
I went to see Mo Solid Gold at Camden Barfly last night and can
report that this band are shit-hot. The first thing you notice is
the frontman and what a proper star he could be! He has got all
the moves, an outstanding voice and big-time stage presence, holding
your attention for the duration. It was strange seeing Boag and
Julian/Hooligan in the wings, Boag on guitar and backing vocals
looking more into it than Hooligan with even a few Boag poses and
struts coming back from 94! The songs themselves are boss, catchy
tunes, they include a song which is probably called "Mo Solid Gold"
and I already can't wait to hear them again, always a good sign.
This band could and should go far. Definitely worth making an effort
Reforming as a tribute to your former self seems to have taken hold
over the indie world, a resurgence that has hit the venues of Camden
Town with a terrible vengeance. Thereís Carter USM, schismed into
Jimís Super Stereo World and Abdoujaparov; the Inspiral Carpets
turning into the Clint Boon Experience; and thereís even rumours
that Niall from Sultans Of Ping has a new band in the offing.
So finding These Animal Menís Hooligan (the artist formally known
as Julian) and Boag peddling their wares as Mo Solid Gold should
come as no real surprise. TAM, for readers unable to recall them,
were the band that led the flash-in-the-pan New Wave Of New Wave
(NWONW) movement, closely followed by S*M*A*S*H and, erm... no,
it's gone. Their forte was glammed-up pansy punk for speed-freak
mods who are big on Bowie, make-up and Adidas tracksuit tops.
But MSG (ha!) arenít just a synthetic substitute for the Men,
regurgitating their old sound in a less convincing way. Itís possible
to discern a vague TAM-ness as they havenít quite ditched their
NWONW heritage - the eye-linerís gone but their glammy rock is still
there, layered over a huge deep soul sound.
And it's this latter that grabs the attention: a violent concoction
of heavy, deep, soulful funk packed with ferocious riffs, Manic
guitars crashing around the smouldering hot soul of The Volcanos.
They still raaaawwwk!!!, though, and nobody does so more than K,
hornier than a Viagra-stuffed rabbit, parading and taunting the
overwhelmed crowd with bawling vocals that eat into the room.
Intense, yes, but - somewhat surprisingly - irresistible.
ZoŽ MacGechan Thu Jan 20 2000 19:17 GMT