All good things come in III
What has been seething long has finally come out as anger. It is more than three years ago, that EXCUSE ME MOSES released their last album. Three years full of life, full of success and disappointment, joy, sorrow and anger. The four musicians from Austria have summarised all these experiences, incidents and feelings of (not only) the last years in this powerful beast of an album.
They have dubbed it III, perhaps because it is the third EXCUSE ME MOSES album, or maybe because of the three years their fans had to wait for the next work. But to fully understand the whole brilliant idea behind this title, one must know the connection between the album and its artwork.
The reason why III has such a fucking violent impact is that the album, unlike past recordings of the band, follows a clear direction and is built upon four rock-solid pillars:
- Back to the roots – and those lie in rock
- We do all on our own – almost
- Only take the best – and work on it until there is nothing left to improve
- Question authorities – think yourself
EXCUSE ME MOSES has been around now for twelve years. Almost exactly as long as they have been one of the rare Austrian rock bands which repeatedly have been said to become internationally successful. EXCUSE ME MOSES has played with superstars in arenas, was constantly present in the media and yet managed to fall between two stools. Funk, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Ballads. No matter how well their singles, albums and concerts were all like, their stylistic versatility has been the undoing of them.
A few months after the band had started the song writing for III; more than 40 songs were created. And there it was again, the same old problem that goddamn versatility. In order not to fall again in their own set trap of their own creativity, EXCUSE ME MOSES unanimously took the decision: Back to the roots, let’s rock!
And how does that sound? They have become more grown-up, more mature and thoughtful. However, anyone who thinks that this means EXCUSE ME MOSES are now softer, calmer and less powerful errs tremendously.
The music is an important outlet for everyone in the band. The crucial information to this is this: There is an inlet valve. Each of the four band members pumps his frustration, his love of life, his whole anger and joy into the thirteen songs that sum up to III. Accordingly powerful these mangy fellows blast from the speakers. It goes almost without saying that the band has refined and improved its unmistakable sense for elegant melodic lines. III shows EXCUSE ME MOSES hell rocking with blistering hooks that sink deep into the listener’s musical memory. Even the more balladic songs are tremendously powerful – and still very sensitive.
EXCUSE ME MOSES are
Michael Paukner – vocals
Dietmar Schrödl – guitar
Gerald Weichselbaum – bass
Martin Scheer – drums
Deduction (EP) (2002)
As EXCUSE ME MOSES
1st Last Will (2007)
Pole Shift (2009)
Singles and EPs
Summer Sun (2006)
Not in Love Anymore (2007)
Butterfly Tree/Vital Signs (2007)
Godzilla Killa (2008)
I Wonder (2009)
My Friend (2013)