Moonbow - War Bear LP - Black Bear Edition
With a rhythm section of Steve Earle (Afghan Whigs, Hermano) on drums and former Valley Of The Sun bassist Ryan McAllister, you know it's gonna groove. With the amazing guitar work of Hank 3 guitarist Davey McElfresh, and guest vocals by stoner/desert legend John Garcia, you know it's gonna rock. Add onto that the vocals of former Survivor cast member/BMX legend Matt Bischoff and something pretty badass is happening. Moonbow have become a serious force to be reckoned.
With their line-up complete they immediately got to work on their debut album, The End Of Time. Due to McElfresh’s constant touring and Bischoff’s stint on reality TV show Survivor: Caramoan, the album was eventually released in 2013 and immediately gained traction both at home and abroad, securing international distribution after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Giving a nod to countrified roots and arid desert jams, The End of Time not only featured some of the meatiest riffs to ever come out of Kentucky, but also guest vocals by the legend John Garcia. Informed by McElfresh’s fuzz-savvy guitar playing, Earle’s deft skin work, McAllister’s distorted Rickenbacker groove and Bischoff’s unique take on songwriting and storytelling, the album showcased a band that were only just getting started.
In 2015, the quartet went on to release an acoustic follow up entitled Volto del Demone and with new album War Bear – their first outing for the California-based record label Ripple Music – it’s safe to say that their time is most definitely upon us.
"By the time the rumbling, thumping, “Toward The Sun” has ended this collection, there is only one conclusion: There are many bands who do this type of thing. There aren’t many better – on this evidence anyway – than Moonbow, “War Bear” is mighty in every way imaginable. For this BMX legend, the musical ride is surely just beginning.
Rating 9/10" -- Maximum Volume
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