More than anything else, the intentions behind any single that a band releases is to convey a theme, a mood if you will, that is key to the creative profile that the artist wants you to know is theirs. It’s like a signature or a thumbprint. It’s a trace of evidence that will lead us closer to the true identity of the person(s) who created it. In their latest single “Wasted,” New York’s Moe Green’s Eye isn’t necessarily talking about cutting loose and copping a buzz, but instead inviting us on a reflective, contemplative journey of the band’s life and history together. Comprised of Anthony Galati, Steve Siegel, Bob Gallagher and Jeff Mackey, all four of the musicians behind MGE have a lifetime of skill that they each bring to the table, but they’re not exactly veterans in the studio, either. Having spent most of their lives away from professional music, this band is a testament to their overwhelming commitment to artistry that has transcended decades and brought them back together to give us some true blue, old school rock.
“Wasted” gets the ball rolling immediately, opening up with a furious, thumping riff that chugs along with the percussion like a million-ton freight train. We know something gargantuan is coming, and it quickly becomes evident that if we chase after the galloping instruments (which are subtly joined by a throttling bassline that recalls Van Halen’s eponymous debut album), we’re going to run face first into the wall of sound that is looming on the horizon for us. The lyrics unfold in a proto-alternative rock fashion not dissimilar to Michael Stipe’s dizzying, almost spoken croon. The delivery is still quite luxurious in both prose and production value, as is everything else you can hear in the multi-tracked recording. One thing I might have done differently if I was producing “Wasted” would have been to scoop the middle a bit more than they did on the finished product. I feel like there’s so much more dexterity to the bass that we don’t get to fully realize because of the girth of the other instruments in the recording. Perhaps we can chock it up to one of the hazards in trying to capture the raw energy of a band that is clearly meant to be tearing down the stage instead of playing in a tiny garage.
Wherever the venue may be, Moe Green’s Eye present us with a style of classic rock that is endearing to human nature and embedded in the modern American spirit. “Wasted” is hitting radio airwaves just in time for summer, and if this foursome has their way, it will easily be taking over commercial FM radio after it finishes conquering specialty rock and college radio this June. If we’re lucky, Moe Green’s Eye will give us a national tour to expand on the concept set forth in “Wasted,” and we’ll have the chance to see and hear what they can really do when they’re uncaged and set lose before a crowd.