I was listening to the radio the other day and I felt like I was hearing the same songs over and over again. It made me wonder why I hadn’t heard anything new and exciting lately. Oddly, the very next song that came on reached up and grabbed my attention. I had never heard it before, so I whipped out my cell phone and Shazam’d the jam. The result — The Mowgli’s San Francisco.
I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of The Mowgli’s before. I’ve done some research on them since my introduction a few days ago. The Mowgli’s are an eight-piece band from the San Fernando Valley. They definitely look and sound like a group from southern California. The info section of The Mowgli’s website says “their harmonies carry a message of universal love and togetherness.” They released a fun-filled, five-song EP titled Love’s Not Dead at the end of October.
The EP is highlighted by The Mowgli’s San Francisco. It’s a catchy tune that you can sing along to. I’m not sure how to describe the band’s sound. It seems like a mix of pop, punk, folk and rock. I know that’s a terrible description, but that’s the best I can offer you. All I really know is that it’s hard not to smile when you listen to San Francisco (especially when you watch the music video — it’s like a glorified Coke commercial). Take a look and a listen!
The Mowgli’s San Francisco is the best jam on the EP, but there are a couple other interesting songs. Time is an acoustic solo by the band’s lead singer (I have no idea what his name is). The song touches on a dislike for work and hoping to win the lottery “so I can tell B of A (Bank of America) to kiss my a**,” and it also encourages listeners to not care what other people think and “just be who you want to be.” The song definitely isn’t for everyone, but that clearly doesn’t bother The Mowgli’s. In fact, that just might be the point.
Carry Your Will honestly sounds like a song you’d hear in church. The lyrics include ”Lord have mercy on me,” and the song refers to a “house built on sand” like The Bible verse Matthew 7:26. The Mowgli’s constantly repeat “Let your faith guide your faith” and “If you carry your will, I will carry my will.” I’m definitely not deep enough to understand this one, but believe it or not, it has a decent sound (again, not knowing what in the world — or out of this world – The Mowgli’s are singing about).
The Mowgli’s Love’s Not Dead EP also features The Great Divide and Slowly, Slowly. I’ve listened to each of them a few times, but I haven’t put as much effort into those tunes as San Francisco, Time and Carry Your Will. The Great Divide seems like a pretty catchy tune, too. I’ll report back after I’ve given it a few more listens.
All in all, I think The Mowgli’s EP is a bit up and down, but there’s one really good song – San Francisco. For that, I don’t regret paying $4 for the EP on iTunes. The Mowgli’s appear to have a committed following, and they’re kicking off a cross-country tour this spring, which includes stops in Seattle, New York, Boston, Milwaukee and several other cities. I’m really interested to see what the future holds for The Mowgli’s. We’ll find out soon enough.
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