16 Stacy Meyn
TRIP-HOP, BREAKBEAT PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE AND
UNIVERSE: Moondogg are Derwood Andrews ( a founding
member of Geneartion X) and Elizabeth Rose Westwood. As Westworld, the
duo scored the chart-topper "Sonic Boom Boy". Now Moondogg,
they are accompanied by producer Martin Lee Stephenson and special guest
drum loop specialist Rat Scabies (The Damned). God's Wallop continues
the vein of misery established by the acclaimed debut Fat Lot of Good.
Sedona-tinged slide guitar (Andrews has resided in Arizona for years)
slithers under Westwood's brittle vocals, littered with the urban speed
beats of London and Los Angeles, provided by Stephenson. They practice
catharsis through sound, each track jumping between admonishment and plea.
Opener "Power Trip" is practically an instrumental with the
almost Native American style chant of "I had to let you go".
"Blood is on our Hands" could be from an even more tightly wound
Portishead if they were brandishing jittery guitars. "Catch My Love"
leaps swiftly into breakbeat paces and sneering vox. Follow with titles
like "That Chill", "I'm Still Bleeding" and "Nothing's
Sacred" and you get the blunt idea. The wicked beats and words of
"Loaded Gun" are a half step away from a gonna-off-myself country
classic. Alternately, "Righteous Life" is downright cheery -
then "American Horse" blitzes on in and out, leaving one wondering
what's really bugging Moondogg.