Moonshine Crows - Cake is Done


There are a number of towns that would like to lay claim to being the music capital of the British Isles, but Hull isn’t one of them. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been some good music to come out of Hull, because there has. Take the Housemartins for example and, well that’s about it really. Well, now Moonshine Crows are trying to put Hull back on the map for people other than truck drivers heading for the ferry port and those trying to get a good look to see if Phil Brown’s tan is real or not. They’re trying hard too, they’ve even got a kazoo. Let’s face it, there just isn’t enough kazoo on the radio nowadays and chances are, there probably never will be, but at least they’re trying.


It’s kind of hard to fault these guys, especially the bass player – she’s bloody marvellous, but they’re not exactly what you would call the next best thing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with their playing, the drums and guitar work are very good, especially on their extended jam workouts (of which there are many on this album) and the singer sounds like an American David Gilmour, but the songs seem to float in one ear and out the other. They’re enjoyable while they last, but they’re about as substantial as a bag of prawn crackers.


If you live in England, and in particular around the Hull area, you could do a hell of a lot worse than check these guys out down the local Irish pub, or wherever they can get a gig, because you’re sure to have a bloody good time. The only thing is you probably won’t want to take them home with you at the end of the night.


Words: Damian Leslie