The Mohawk Lodge, Wildfires

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

If it sounds as if the Mohawk Lodge has been working out in the interim between the release of their debut record, Rare Birds and Wildfires, you might be right. Everything about Wildfires is more muscular sounding. The guitars give up their nods towards country and pour on the squall instead; the vocals are even more foregrounded, yelping and quivering; the rhythm section is beefier and more confident. Heck, you only need to look at the title: before they were quietly studying rare birds and now they're busy burning the entire forest down.