Label: Graphite Records Release date: 04/10/10 Link: Myspace Buy/Stream Amazon/Spotify From the spiky opening bars of Belfast-based Mojo Fury’s single 'The Mann', the listener is in no doubt as to the attitude of the band. This band is angry – very angry. 'The Mann' is a short, sharp but incredibly effective barrage of pure anger, alternating between bursts of a fast, trebly single guitar line and a crescendo of noise where everyone joins in. 'The Mann' rattles along at an incredible pace, with the battle cry led by the angst-ridden lead vocals of Michael Mormecha. The fact this track is quite short works in its favour – being just over two and a half minutes means the track makes its point without becoming repetitive or over-bearing. The press release for the single indicates the band believe themselves to be a fusion of early Biffy Clyro and Future of the Left, and in terms of this singles constant stop-start nature, this is perhaps true. But in terms of attitude and a knack of creating a huge amount of noise, I would also argue they are surprisingly similar to the likes Cooper Temple Clause in terms of sound; Mormecha certainly has an element of Ben Gautrey about him. Acoustic B-side 'Runaway' is a different proposition altogether. This echoes a much more folky, chilled out sound, the band dropping their anger for a minute and attempting a more folky, Americana sound. Lead by a lone guitar line, the music itself rolls on at a methodical pace and were it not for the vocals it could be a very pretty song indeed. The problem with ‘Runaway’, however, is that it sounds disjointed and almost feels like there are two or three different songs that have been rolled into one. Mormecha’s vocals don’t really fit this kind of sound, his voice often sounds strained and it is painfully clear his vocal capabilities are not suited to this kind of subtlety. This is no matter however. Currently touring with Oceansize and with their long-awaited debut album expected in early 2011, there is much to look forward to with Mojo Fury – as long as they stick to the full-blooded sound of 'The Mann'. The picture on the sleeve of this single is some kind of Neanderthal wolf-man – and to be honest, that sums up the sound of this lot quite well. Photobucket