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Sound On The Ground Talk The Moi Non Plus

The Moi Non Plus are like Slint. But on ACID. FAST ACID. REALLY FAST GUITAR ACID

Sounds on the Ground #20: The Moi Non Plus

What's the deal?

Ever heard that nuts Mclusky song which sounded like 34 beastly men beating the unloving heck out of each other for just under two minutes? You know, that one about lightsabers and fellatio. No? Well, you probably should, as I’m not sure there are many other ways I can easily describe this band.

Constituently formed of two Dutch men playing guitar and drums, The Moi Non Plus play sparse, angular and aggressive Liars-esque (circa They Were Wrong so We Drowned) post-punk; ferocious, syncopated dance-beats and ripped-speaker guitar lines that squeal like particularly melodic stuck-pigs. Their bare soundscape is occasionally penetrated by gruffly humming synth lines that almost manage to bend their off-kilter songs into something vaguely catchy, but more often the tunefully shouted vocals keep The Moi Non Plus treading the almost-pop yellow brick road Mclusky so gracefully walked.

The Dutch duo are very much cut of the DIY cloth, they also run an online magazine called Subba-Cultcha which, in their words, they ‘started doing because [they] felt the alternative music scene in the Netherlands was pretty much non existent’. Which is probably true. However, rather than sobbing quietly into their coffee and waffles, the band began collaborating with other artists, creating a ‘scene’ where absence had been before. They recently asked 20 visual artists to take the Moi Non Plus logo and use it as a starting point for an image, the results of which were compiled both put into print and run as an exposition in Amsterdam.

General seeds of information about this band are fairly sparse upon the digital soil, in actuality their MySpace page simply states:

THE MOI NON PLUS IS A LOUD DRUM GUITAR SAMPLE DUO FROM AMSTERDAM. THEIR DEBUT ALBUM IS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE UK ON OCTOBER 12TH BUY IT

Which I think is one of the most concise, informative and true slices of promotional pie I’ve ever been force fed.

When can I see them live?:

Unfortunately the band are only stopped off their tour for a quick pee break in the UK recently, before heading over to New York to promote their magazine Subba-Cultcha.  As soon as they’re back, we’ll let you know.

What can I listen to them?: Well, first of firsts direct your clicker onto their MySpace and listen to the track ‘HA HA HA’, then drag that moving bar thing on the right hand side of the screen down till you get to a little box that says ‘buy album here’, at which point the interweb will re-direct you to this site from which you will buy said C.D. and listen to it, gratefully.

We all know music peaked in 1994, so give me a sound-bite about how we could compare them to some kind of obscure band from the Britpop era: Here’s my attempt at NME-journalism… The Moi Non Plus are like Slint. But on ACID. FAST ACID. REALLY FAST GUITAR ACID.

- Samuel Smith, Rockfeedback