Moistboyz is the creative child of Mickey Melchiondo, Jr. (also known as Dean Ween) and Guy Heller. These two were formerly known by their pseudonyms, Dickie and Mickey Moist. Moistboyz V is also the first album they have released since Ween broke up last year. The album can only be described as a smorgasbord of punk, metal and country. This makes sense since they both often dabble in metal/punk.
The album is comprised of twelve songs that are happy to get right up in your face. This is the real punk aspect of the album. It’s clearly anger-fueled and a little rough around the edges, but in a good way. The actual sound, however, has more of a stereotypical metal sound, with more of a talkative vocal line that’s highly unpolished. The guitar lines are crisp, with solos that are focused on the upper neck of the guitar, which can be heard on the first song on the album, “Protect and Serve.” If you’re looking for a song that has a more classic punk feel though, take a listen to “The Fury.”
The album has a distinct southern/country/rockabilly feel, as well, because not only do certain songs bear a southern twang, but also some of the lyrical content touches on the the stereotypical things we assume happen in Dixieland, such as talking about “the man down by the crick”–go take a listen to “Chickendick” and you’ll understand.
This is not an album for the faint of heart however, nor is it for children, as Moistboyz happily embrace profanity. Overall, this album is a really interesting listen. It’s an album that will make you hone in on some of the songs, while other songs will leave you wondering what they were thinking. Definitely give the whole album a listen before making any judgements, especially if you’re looking for something completely bizarre.