Midwestern millennials take on America!
Ohio’s Kneeling In Piss is set to release a series of EPs throughout this year to be materialized into an album by the end of 2020. This sequence was led by the band’s second recorded work and first EP, The Mob released on April 3rd. Arising out of lead singer Alex Mussawir’s previous band, Future Nuns, his 2018 band from rural Columbus, Ohio, is an ode to the millennial crisis. In other words, Kneeling In Piss strives to satirize the everyday conundrums of political turmoil, technological advancement and frustratingly repetitive rock and roll. In this way, The Mob is punk at heart. Musical contributors to The Mob include Mussawir, Kyle Bergamo, Alex Blocher, Danielle Gagliano, Jeffrey Kleinman, Aaron Miller, Alex Paquet and Vince Smigiel. This EP was a group effort and it shows! Delightfully, Kneeling in Piss’ anti-system sentiment blends with well-placed humor to produce a relatable and enjoyable EP experience.
The EP begins with the title track “The Mob” that employs catchy vocals and even catchier guitar riffs. Off the bat, the bluegrass-reminiscent guitar and bass tunes make the listener want to move. This toe-tapping opener captures the essence of the band quite well—it’s fun, it’s catchy and it’s skillful! Though “The Mob” is musically straightforward, the addition of horn and various audio clips combined with whiny, apathetic lyrics produces a unique and appealing sound.
The entirety of this EP shows experienced musical ability. Kneeling In Piss effectively combines punk with southern bluegrass’ plucky riffs and rock and roll’s charming catchiness. With clear instrumentals and confident vocals, this band doesn’t lack musical maturity. Throughout the EP’s four songs, the guitar and bass have a strong presence and show serious dexterity despite the appearance of their natural ease. Additionally, the band’s percussion is complex and experimental without being overwhelming. The inclusion of effects, audio additions and layered instrumentals is well-crafted and endearing.
The Mob captures a lighthearted take on punk themes without losing any talent or strength that makes this EP accessible to music lovers across a variety of genres. What this band may lack in production value, they make up in likability. It’s clear that Kneeling In Piss knows how to have a good time, and their premier EP The Mob shows it!