The 6 song EP is heavy on driving rock music with Crescent Moon’s smoky drawl switching back and forth between sad and angry. He epitomizes a lot of what I like about indie hip hop. There is no bragging or threatening, no degrading slams towards undeserving foes (although he seems to have an intense dislike for crack heads). His lyrics are thought provoking and engaging while never venturing into the ever dangerous preachy territory. The EP leads with the searing “Hunting Season”, which starts out in a dead sprint and never loses speed over the nearly 4 minutes. Crescent Moon has a smooth delivery that switches between grimy singing and a well paced flow. As the anger from “Hunting Season” subsides, your speakers are suddenly filled with the epic sadness of “Broken dishes.” The song chronicles the emotional train wreck that happens with domestic violence situations. The rest of the EP continues on this emotional roller coaster that grabs you from the first seconds and does not let up. The record ends with a scorching cover of the old blues song “St. James Infirmary” that lets Crescent Moon show off his singing pips and lets Big Trouble really stretch their musical legs.
As far as local release go, this is one of the stronger records I have heard in the last couple of months. Although they are not a full time band, I can only hope to catch these guys live and that they decided to continue their relationship between their other (equally excellent) main projects. Check out their myspace page and buy their CD. You can buy the EP right off of the Afternoon Records (the great local record label) website right HERE. (If you buy soon, you get two tickets to the Afternoon Records showcase this Sunday, which should be great.)