Electric Jesus
Desert Mouth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
July 31st, 2012 | 23 replies | 2,416 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ridiculous band name aside, Desert Mouth is the start of something special...

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Electric Jesus are:

Guitar & Vocals: David McGuire
Drums: John McGuire
Bass: Mike Maio

Electric Jesus, the artists formerly known as Secrets in Scale, are an Australian group that have crafted an extremely catchy, well executed, and downright fun alt-rock record. The most evident appeal in my eyes (or ears) is the complete lack of computer effects-laden fluff that we’ve sadly grown accustomed too in rock. From start to finish you’re exposed to nothing but the piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The latter three are examples of one of the more talented uses of these instruments in the genre. The guitars can be compared (loosely) to Thomas Erak in his early Fall of Troy days and songs like Hero Boy and She-Devil let one see why these comparisons are not entirely crazy. The complexity of the music obviously isn’t astronomically high but the instruments all complement each other nicely and while the guitar play is obviously the highlight, it never hogs all the sound at any one time.

Much like the Fall of Troy the vocalist does dual duties of guitar and singing. This leads to some very good licks and riffs that a singular guitarist can come up with without the distraction of having to sync your work with another member’s. Catchy and well-written riffs will be a main point of joy to most while listening to Desert Mouth.

The vocals are a point of worry as his voice is distinct and has the potential to turn some people off. Also due to the dual duties mentioned earlier, McGuire has a tendency to resort to singing a bunch of long notes over his guitar playing much like old Circa Survive. While he hits the higher notes you can sometimes tell he’s straining for his voice not to crack. The good thing is this isn’t distracting and you’d have to actually listen for it to notice. Another problem that is more noticeable is the song structure. While starting off slowly and building into a fast paced conclusion is perfectly acceptable for a few songs on an album, Desert Mouth tends to rely a little too heavily on this arrangement and it would do better with a little more variety.

These minor things against the band are something that is to be expected from an initial release. If these guys can acquire the attention they deserve, subsequent releases can iron out these problems with nothing more than further practice at their craft.

The fast paced parts are a downright joy to listen to, with the drum fillers and the frantic guitar meshing together seamlessly and the bass providing an excellent sense of “oomph” to the entire package. Coming in at a healthy thirteen songs ranging from the guitar frenzy of Defile Defile to the weird spacey drums of Monkey Island, this album is a refreshing step into the realm of technical alt-rock. If you can look past the ridiculous name of the band, Desert Mouth will definitely satisfy your need for pure alt-rock.



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Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Think a more pop-sensible Fall of Troy.

http://electricjesusmusic.bandcamp.com/

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aww the URL is bad but ill look and thank you

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 31st 2012



4854 Comments


Nice review. I heard of this band somewhere before. Everything about this piques my interest.

Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are a couple bands with this name which part of the reason why I hate it lol. their first name was fine.

StagnantWords
July 31st 2012



318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good. Recommended is a bit off however

InFiction
July 31st 2012



3651 Comments


Don't know why these guys changed their name from Secrets In Scale. Album still rules though.

Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol i feel the exact opposite

camaraderie
July 31st 2012



988 Comments


Secrets in Scale is really lame and seems meaningless. Electric Jesus has balls, even if there were already some other bands with that name.

Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes....balls..thats what a name needs.

camaraderie
July 31st 2012



988 Comments


Well, you want your name to stick out don't you? Secrets in Scale absolutely does not.

Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know i know...i think i don't like it cuz it sounds cheesy but the music isn't cheesy at all. It just doesn't fit

Calc
July 31st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well im glad you like their name

Calc
August 1st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've already stopped trying, your what I call a contrarion and there's no use "arguing" with those people lol

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 1st 2012



4854 Comments


I heard this and it was good.

Calc
August 1st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@foxxxy I hope you weren't looking for a carbon copy of TFOT but you should like these guys

@Chipmunk IKR???

Calc
August 1st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i get it you win you win!!!! i dont care!!!

Calc
August 1st 2012



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol im not mad tis alll good

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 21st 2012



4854 Comments


Needs moar staying power.

Calc
April 7th 2013



12142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album kicks australian alt rock ass

Kalopsia
January 24th 2014



930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album kicks worldwide alt rock ass



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