Plastics Campaign – Moth (2002)

Posted: March 6, 2013 in 2002
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Moth’s 2002 release PROVISIONS, FICTION AND GEAR was one of my favorite CD’s that year. Moth is another ‘head-scratcher’ band for me as to why they were not more commercially successful. I summerize the music industry as “many are called, but few are chosen” and I have always been more a fan of the ‘called’ then the ‘chosen’. There is no doubt singer/guitarist and main Moth songwriter Brad Stenz benefited from having producer Sean Beavan at the controls for Moth’s third release. Beavan has worked with many artists over the years including Guns-N-Roses, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. I happen to remember him as bassist for the Cleveland-based band, Nation on One, back in the 80’s, which had one great release NIGHT VISION (1986). Suprisingly, and maybe coincidentally, I can hear similarities between these two bands in how the vocal tracks where recorded.

Moth lost its bass player and drummer prior to recording. Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns-N-Roses) and Josh Freese, who has played on what seems like 900 records over the last 15-20 years, joined in as a result of their association with Beavan. Their incredible musicianship provides a rock solid foundation and really enhance the songs to a level that I doubt would have gone without these veteran players.

‘Plastics Campaign’ is one of the strongest tracks with its unique rhythm and intensity as Stenz sings of a clear distaste for the entire practice of cosmetic surgery. I love the bass line and vocal phrasing throughout the song. Freese’s frantic and amazingly precise drums fills all over the end of the song display why he will never be out of work. Stenz has a great voice for alternative rock and hopefully he will be heard from again. Other standout Moth tunes include ‘Sleepy’ and ‘Last Night’s Dream’.

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