The Moondoggies: The Alternative To Change

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  • Song: "Changing"
  • Artist: The Moondoggies
  • CD: Don't Be a Stranger
  • Genre: Rock
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hide captionThe Moondoggies' "Changing" sounds equally suited to be played in the back of a dive bar or in front of an arena crowd.

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The Seattle group The Moondoggies just released its debut, a roots-rock set called Don't Be a Stranger, which exudes a Neil Young-style '70s vibe. Its impressive three-part harmonies and finely crafted songs do a nice job showcasing a band that splits the difference between classic rock and the more contemporary likes of Fleet Foxes, while focusing heavily on God and death. Frontman Kevin Murphy began writing Don't Be a Stranger after a trip to Alaska, where he started work with only a four-track and an acoustic guitar. From there, his efforts grew into something special.

The disc's brightest highlight, "Changing," is a monster of a catchy tune. With a heavy dose of old-fashioned Southern rock and a fierce emotional charge, it's equally suited to be played in the back of a dive bar or in front of an arena crowd. At first listen, the song sounds like a motivated plea for change, but closer study reveals a call for consistency: "Oh, Lord, I see the change again / I see the change again / But I don't feel like changing." In a time when change is so widely celebrated, it's striking to hear Murphy choose whiskey as an alternative.

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  • Album: Don't Be a Stranger
  • Artist: The Moondoggies
  • Label: Hardly Art
  • Released: 2008
 

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