SINGLE REVIEW: Moose Wrench – ‘Not My Name’


You may be wondering why in the name of all that is sacred that Leeds’ very own Moose Wrench – AKA the finest dad-bod alt-core trio in the world – decided to cover The Ting Tings’ ‘Not My Name’. I certainly did, if you’re not you may want to ask yourself why. On the other hand it does seem to be exactly the sort of thing that they would do. File it under ‘random cover choice’ that once you’ve heard it makes sense, a strange sort of sense for sure but strange is good.

What the band has done is to bring their own thing to the song; It may start sounding somewhat like the original but the moment the scary bass voice comes in you know that ain’t the way it’s going to end. From that moment it’s alt-core all the way. Yep we have a guitar that sounds as though it’s trying to batter its way through concrete, that alt-core vocal thing, drumming is that is magically aggressive (if I was writing this in the days of my early youth I might be using the term ‘skill’; it’s a late 70s’ thing OK. You might use the phrase much respect.).

It’s one part musical wondrousness and one part a bunch of fun. One moment you’re grinning like hell, the next you’re being impressed by the sheer musical skill on show. You get why I said it was exactly the sort of thing Moose Wrench might do?

Glory in the fun factor, wallow in the joy of alt-core at its best. Crank this up loud people.

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See Moose Wrench:

The Spinning Top, Stockport – Sept 17
The Parish, Huddersfield – Sept 28
The Packhorse, Leeds – Nov 16

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