Brooklyn four-piece MORI have released “Do You Wanna Hurt Me,” the first single from their forthcoming debut EP, Better for You. Punchy and hook-laden, the track is a glimpse of the hyper-melodic alternative rock that marks their debut EP.
Formed in Brooklyn in the winter of 2014, MORI is the latest and loudest iteration of lead singer & guitarist Mori Einsidler’s longstanding project. Flanked by Jake Goldin on lead guitar, Adam Downer on bass and vocals, and Stephen Ranellone on drums, the band draws influence from indie rockers Tegan & Sara along with alt-rock overlords Paramore and Dashboard Confessional.
Crunching guitars, slick vocal harmonies, and irresistible choruses characterize the Better for You EP, out on March 4th.
Produced by Mori with help from co-producers Asher Zeitschik and Lucas Hass, it’s the kind of “scream along in the car” music fit for breakups, nostalgia, and loneliness. Einsidler’s strong songwriting and striking vocal range are immediately appealing, but what’s most apparent across Better for You is MORI’s gift for relating small details in grand scale. This is particularly apparent on the massive “All Along” and EP closer “Hold On”, where the band embraces a steady build that brings the album to a towering resolution.
MORI’s endeavor to make their mark in 2016 begins with “Do You Wanna Hurt Me” and the Better For You EP, with solo & full band shows booked across the East Coast and more music slated for release later this year.