Mourn’s debut album dishes out naive genius


Peyton Whittington, Staff reporter

It is difficult to find a band/artist that manages to capture both unbridled teenage passion and matured instrumental and lyrical brevity in one record.

Friends, the search is over.

Mourn, a teenage punk quartet from Barcelona, released their self-titled debut album with Sone Records last September. Brooklyn-based indie mothership Captured Tracks, the
same record label as Mac DeMarco, has since signed on for further distribution.

Band members Jazz Rodríguez Bueno (guitarist/lead vocalist), Carla Pérez Vas (guitarist/vocalist), Leia Rodríguez Bueno (bassist) and Antonio Postius Echeverría (drummer) claim to draw inspiration from artists such as PJ Harvey, The Ramones, Patti Smith and Sleater-Kinney. Every track emulates nuances of each, yet remains unique to their own sound. In this album, Mourn maintains the instrumental mastery of a sophisticated punk band, veiled by the moody tones of an impatient, uninterested generation.

The band said that the entire 10-track record was recorded over a two-day span in order to mirror their instinctive live sound. Throughout the album, as in “You Don’t Know Me” and “Silver Gold,” instrumental and vocal work is rough and unrefined. This sort of in-the-moment thinking translates magnificently in the recording studio and provides a breath of fresh air from the over-produced ear candy played on pop radio stations.

Though the majority of the record sticks to this rebel punk sound, track 5, “Otitis,” shows the most development. The song’s chilling vocals and brooding bass line give it a spark of interest that other tracks on the album lack. The album’s sound rests in relatively the same place, which is tolerable for a debut, but more is to be expected from future projects.

Despite this, the Catalonian quartet has already gained interest in their simple, hard-hitting lyricism and raw sound. Mourn has a lot more ground to explore in prospective projects, which will hopefully mean more material in the near future.