Review: Mojo Alice – ‘Liquid Sin’

Updated: Nov 27, 2019



A collective force of nature, Mojo Alice are a band of individually experienced and proficient musicians with a passion for heavy grooves, infectious riffs and powerful vocals. Gaining fans from their hometown Wellington, New Zealand, as well as further afield in Australia and the United State, they’ve become a band synonymous with tight, energetic live performances and timeless blues-rock anthems. Inspired by the likes of ACDC, ZZ Top, Motorhead, Pantera, Warlock, and Halestorm, Mojo Alice’s music is purpose-built to have your toes tapping and head banging before you can say “Get Me Another Drink!”


A four-piece of Brodie, Matty Ray, Morpheus Tilley, and Jem Type, Mojo Alice is a powerful, interwoven tapestry of individual and collective abilities. Brodie’s work with the guitar has long since defined the band’s theme, offering up thunderous riffs and deft chord progression on a scale rarely seen before, while Matty Ray takes lead with his solid, unyielding bass lines, giving the band’s sound a deep and heavy drive. Elsewhere, Morpheus’ solid rhythmic drums keep the band locked into a tight, calculated sound, while Jem’s vocals soar above the maelstrom of blues sounds, bringing to the fore a captivating stage presence and undeniable passion.


While the band took a bit of a break in April of 2018 while Brodie recovered from shoulder surgery, the rest of the year was a rapid-fire time of inspiration and creation, with the band writing eleven original songs, competing in the National Battle Of The Bands Competition and beating eighty other bands to make it to the national finals held in Auckland. With no sign of slowing down, the band entered 2019 with the same driven and determination, recording their debut album, ‘Liquid Sin’, and releasing the first single to rave reviews across the United States.


A collection of nine impressive cuts, ‘Liquid Sin’ opens with an abrasive rally of electric guitar that’s met by Jem’s passionate howl, announcing the album in perfect form. A soaring stream of anthemic guitar work and dynamic percussion ‘In My Head’ is a visceral call to arms, lashing out with power and a timeless blues edge that seamlessly blends into a classic heavy rock edge. It’s undeniable, and just the beginning.



Second cut ‘Not That Into You’ reinforces the classic rock sound in brilliant form, combining hard rock swagger with a post-grunge sound. It’s all thanks to the combination of the deep bass tones that contrast Jem’s howling vocals, pressed between tactile streams of stellar guitar and rampant drums. The magic of the album is that while each song has its own dynamic character, they all fall I line to create an unassailable wall of sound, pushing the nine tracks through your speakers with a passion and power that is second to none.


The title track is a dynamic wave of brooding controlled sound spiked with heavy attitude, while ‘Mr J’ and ‘Dirty Mary’ cut to the quick with narrative-driven vocals and some damn fine guitar work. It’s all a fine medley of heavily distorted guitars and dynamic, shifting arrangements that combine rock and modern blues into an aggressive, raw sound that is polished to perfection.


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Score: 8.5/10


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