Mojo Fury's debut album Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus has been a long time in the making, but finally this incredible band from Ireland are ready to make their impact on the current rock scene. And what an impact it is. Recent singles The Mann and Colour of the Bear showcase a hungry, fiery band sprinting out of the gate at full speed, with jagged, angular bursts of distorted power chords. Deep Fish Tank is another song along the same lines, with dirty, psychotic riffs and a pounding performance on the drums.
Mojo Fury are in no way a one trick pony however. Bones (maybe the best thing on the album, although with so many great songs, that's a tough call to make), is more anthemic and has more of a pop sensibility before breaking into a galloping end section which includes the sound of a piano falling down the stairs for good measure.
Next to these full on rock belters of course are the more sedate moments, like the electro-tinged We Should Just Run Away, which is a million miles away from the previously released acoustic version. Album closer Electric Sea adds an almost Radiohead-esque touch to proceedings. It is the album's quietest and most sparse moment, but it fits perfectly.
On Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus there is so much going on, and so many great moments crammed inside the ten songs on offer that after a couple of listens it is difficult to take in and appreciate everything on offer here. Perseverance is the order of the day: Stick with Mojo Fury and you will be rewarded with one of the finest rock albums of the year. Hopefully a follow up won't be too long in the making.