Artist: Möngöl Hörde
Album: Möngöl Hörde
Number of Tracks: 13
Release Date: 26 May 2014
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
After forming in 2012, London-based hardcore band Möngöl Hörde have released their self-titled, début album through Xtra Mile Recordings. The band consists of folk-punk solo artist Frank Turner, Matt Nasir, best known as a member of Turner’s backing band, The Sleeping Souls and Ben Dawson of Palehorse and ex-bandmate of Turner from their time in the hardcore punk band Million Dead. Möngöl Hörde take influence from bands like Refused, Napalm Death and Converge.
The band previously released three songs, Casual Threats From Weekend Hardmen, How The Communists Ruined Christmas and Tapeworm Uprising, all of which have already proven to be great songs and they all feature on the band’s new release. Most recently, the band has released a music video for the opening track Make Way. The track opens with a slow paced, almost jazz like introduction before breaking out with fast paced drumming, screaming and screeching guitar. This track opens the record strongly and shows the listener what can be expected from the rest of the record.The lyrical content is very tongue-in-cheek and this album is more light-hearted than any other music you’ll have heard from these musicians, but don’t be mistaken in thinking this bands sound will be anything other than what’s needed to create a hardcore record, it’s very much a hardcore punk record. A great example of the lightness of this record’s lyrics is one of the first songs the band released, Tapeworm Uprising. This track describes Natalie Portman’s tapeworm using her as a puppet to lead a Hollywood uprising, very different from the political and personal songs previously released by Frank Turner as a solo artist.
A highlight of the record is the track Staff to Refund Counter. Opening with a discussion of everyone dying, the lyrics appear to be darker than most featured on the record until Turner breaks into a scream, demanding his money back because he “even kept his f**king receipt”. It’s a great track and strikes the right balance of music, melody and screaming.
The following track is a short instrumental entitled The Yurt Locker, which leads to another highlight from the record, Stillborn Unicorn. Although the lyrics are odd in describing a creature with no skin and a horn who was “born a little early”, it’s a really good song with a catchy chorus.
Despite the humorous title, one of the heavier tracks on the record is Winky Face: The Mark of a Moron. The relatively short 1-minute track is almost entirely screamed by Turner, save for a final spoken word verse where he summarises his feelings towards the ‘winky face’.
The final track on the album is titled Hey Judas. Opening as spoken word, it slowly builds until Turner’s lyrics about time travel and writing the pop songs of history, escalate to a screamed chorus which exclaims that Keith Richards cannot be killed and that Paul McCartney should watch his back. This is another great example of the balance the band has found of tongue-in-cheek lyrics with very serious hardcore music to back them up.
Overall, this is a really great record. A couple of songs go by without making any real impact but the quality of the other tracks and the album as one means they don’t ruin the record.
This record is perfect for hardcore fans who are bored with music that takes itself too seriously and if you’re looking for something to laugh along to while you listen. Key tracks to check out include Staff to Refund Counter, Casual Threats from Weekend Hardmen and Stillborn Unicorn.
Möngöl Hörde have announced a UK tour of which the dates are listed below and will be appearing at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014.
19 June 2014 – Birmingham The Institute
20 June 2014 – Newcastle Academy 2
21 June 2014 – Leeds Cockpit
22 June 2014 – Bristol Fleece
23 June 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
25 June 2014 – London Garage
27 June 2014 – Nottingham Rock City Basement
28 June 2014 – Manchester Academy 3
29 June 2014 – Glasgow King Tuts
Möngöl Hörde is out now, available for download, on CD and on limited edition white vinyl. For more information please visit:
Möngöl Hörde Website | Xtra Mile Recordings