Band To Watch

Band To Watch: The Muslims

Assured-beyond-their-years San Diego quartet the Muslims will definitely get a lot of attention for their name, but we’re much more interested in the band’s catchy, sorta sloppy and stark post-punk-infused rock ‘n’ roll. They mix a kind of Strokes-y, and therefore VU, detachment and something that bumps in the night like Hell and his Voidoids (or, better yet, Hell and the Heartbreakers doing “Love Comes In Spurts”). You can also hear a bit of the Stooges — not just because the band cites ‘em, along with the Replacements, as an inspiration — and early Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers (see “Future Rock,” “On My Time,” etc). Whatever the mix of forerunners, the Muslims find a way to make it their own — it’s kinda uncanny. We’ve been listening to their new 7-song 12″ (and the 10-song CD) on repeat (thanks Robots for the heads up), so we wanted to share a couple favorites with you…

The Muslims – “RIght And Wrong” (MP3)
The Muslims – “Nightlife” (MP3)

The self-titled 12″ is out now on 1928 Recordings, where you can hear even more sounds. Also, at the Muslim’s MySpace they note re: the 12″ that, “If you decide to buy the record you will receive a FREE CD version of the record. That free CD has 3 bonus songs on it. They are not bogus.” We agree — “Extinction”‘s one of them. “Nightlife” another. (if all of this isn’t enough, go here for a cassette-quality “Geez, Geez, Geez.” Great stuff.) They’re playing some live shows, too.

04/04 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah – The Fest
04/19 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ PRE
04/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Indian Jewelry
04/23 – Irvine, CA @ UC- Irvine w/ Crash Normal
04/25 – Mesa, AZ @ Hollywood Alley w/ The Night Marchers
04/26 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ The Night Marchers
04/27 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar w/ Tijuana Panthers
04/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill w/ The Night Marchers
04/29 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre w/ The Night Marchers
04/30 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ The Night Marchers
05/02 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge w/ The Night Marchers
05/03 – Omaha, Nebraska @ Waiting Room w/ The Night Marchers
05/04 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas w/ The Night Marchers
05/05 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ The Night Marchers
05/12 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell w/ The Carrots, Abe Vigoda, Soft Boiled Eggies
05/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ La Cita
05/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace w/ Abe Vigoda, Crystal Antlers, AM