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4/9/2010
OC Music Magazine "She Changes Face" review

One glance at the cover art for Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob’s EP, “She Changes Face,” and it's easy to see that the music in store is not what you might expect. Drawn by Allison Reimlod, the cover depicts a young girl in the forest, dressed in blue with a flower adorning her shiny locks, strumming on a banjo. Pleasant, mellow, and serene; that is, until you glance down the figure’s left arm at the sailor’s anchor tattoo and notice the black crow settled atop the banjo she’s playing. What a strange combination, I remarked as I slid the album into my CD player. What sort of tricks has this little girl got tucked up her cap sleeves?

The answer is 6 delightful tracks that, as frontman/songwriter Matt Kollar says, “[are] an experiment in the different styles that the band has to offer the world.” The title track (“She Changes Face”;) is a bouncy piano-rock song, complete with a musical interlude battle between a piano, a trombone, and an accordion. “To The Night!” calls to mind the romance of 1940s cinema, with delicate melodies strolling arm-in-arm with a Paris café-style accordion, while the vocals of Matt Kollar and Elizabeth Messick proclaiming lyrics bound to make any girl swoon. “Carry The Light” continues this mellow tradition and exemplifies the beauty of simplicity, as Kollar, Messick, an acoustic guitar, and a glockenspiel churn out a lullaby-type melody perfect to send any man or beast peacefully off to dreamland.

However, Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob are far from a group of one-trick ponies; though they may be excellent with the slower stuff, they’re harder tracks are just as enjoyable. Tracks like “409 Blues,” a jazz-infused break up track that shows the harder, growly capabilities of Kollar’s voice and the effortless power of Messick’s. With “A Driftin’ Blues,” the group brings back their trombone from track one, and adds on “distorted megaphone vocals” to roughen up the sounds. The final track, “Gotta Get Blue,” is a truly grand finale, bringing back all the instruments for what Kollar calls, “an experimental symphony of noise and opera.”

Be it calming or toe-tapping, understated or in-your-face, the group proves, track by track, that they are excellent musicians and songwriters. If Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob truly wish to call their EP an experiment, then I will be here to say it is an experiment gone right! The EP will be released on Friday, March 5th, and the band will be putting on a performance at the Westminster Best Buy that same day. The EP is certainly worth picking up – trust me, you’ll be glad you did.


3/8/2010
OC Arts and Culture "She Changes Face" Review

There are a lot of indie bands in the Orange County music scene at the moment, and to stand out from the newest, coolest, hippest thing since last weeks show at Avalon is respectable if not down right amazing at this point. One band among the ranks of musicians playing here that I can almost guarantee will impress you, or at the very least get your attention during their live set is Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob. With the energy of a toddler drinking red bull, and the playfulness of… well, a toddler drinking red bull, Kollar and Mob display true showmanship with a dancing line of tambourine ready back up vocalists, floating harmonies, and the sweetest of melodies!

Kollar and Mob have a fiercely entertaining live performance, but now they also have an equally pleasurable 6 song EP called “She Changes Face.” From the bluesy rock n’ roll of “409 Blues,” to softly composed indie efforts like one of my favorites “To The Night” this EP won’t get old anytime soon. It has moments where I feel like I’m listening to Chuck Berry like when it gets wild on “409 Blues” but then relaxes on songs like “Carry The Light” and the listener can hear the vocals of Matt Kollar and Elizabeth Messick dance around each other. The two voices remind me of a couple of my favorite artists, one of which being Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley (”To The Night” sounds like it could have been on the first Rilo record) and Tom Waits…pre swallowing hot coals and drinking broken glass.

All this adds up to a great record, and a band that in my opinion, sticks out when compared to their peers. The next chance you get go see Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob, and get their new CD “She Changes Face.” You’ll be happy you did!

-OC Arts and Culture


3/8/2010
OC Music Awards "She Changes Face" Review



ALBUM REVIEW | "SHE CHANGES FACE" EP
Artist: Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob

By Ashley Eliot
KUCI Promotions Director &
Host of Press Pass Music

They're known for having backup singers and dancers on stage and playing a multitude of instruments that a non-musician might deem unfamiliar. Huntington Beach-based folk band Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob are changing face. They are pumping up their live show. And here's a fun fact for you, Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob were the first band to play live on my radio show. This was early last year during the OC Music Awards showcases.

The band's new EP named "She Changes Face" is the band's second body of work since September 2008 when they released their full-length album "Farewell Adventure!" Expect refreshing sounds by an accordion, trumpet, harmonica and many other instruments that make up a fun and diverse six-song EP. The southern-folk inspired song like "A Driftin Blues" we can hear the darling vocals of Elizabeth Messick and her voice takes us back in time. This whole EP spotlights Messick's beautiful voice, which adds a delicate touch to the songs. If you want to dance, then "409 Blues" will get you shaking and stomping. If you're in a more soft-spoken, romantic state-of-mind then "Carry The Light" will set the mood. "Gotta Get Blue" surprises you with harmonies, distorted voices, and fizzles and pops of all different kinds of sounds, while "To The Night!" exemplifies the accordion. Then there is "She Changes Face," which the record was named after, and this song will stay on the brain. You'll be singing the chorus right after listening to the song once. The EP will have you making all sorts of faces...happy, love sick, surprised, excited, etc.

"She Changes Face" will be released this Friday, March 5 at the Best Buy in Westminster at 5 p.m (Best Buy is an Awards sponsor).

Must-listen songs: "She Changes Face," "409 Blues" and "Gotta Get Blue."


3/8/2010
Bluesbunny "She Changes Face" Review

Unaccustomed as I am to melody…I know that's a strange way to start a music review but it is a valid observation. Many bands seem to forget that having REALLY LOUD guitars doesn't make you memorable in a time when every other band is relying on REALLY LOUD guitars to be different. I sometimes wonder if perhaps it is too much effort for people to write actual songs but then you hear an EP by Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob and you know that out there - in California it would seem - there are people who believe in the old ways.

You get six tracks on the "She Changes Face" EP and none of them disappoint. That's right, none of them! Starting off with the title track, you get a fine example of the songwriter's art. Sure, you'll probably think this is what a Ben Folds and Randy Newman collaboration would sound like but it is that good. Following on and pumping up the pace for a - complete with mains hum - howling, travelling step back down the path to rock 'n' roll's golden age is "409 Blues".

"To The Night" again demonstrates an intelligent way with words as the melody dances delicately in your ears with all the finesse and style of Fred Astaire while "A Driftin' Blues" is a buoyant yet reflective organ led concoction of sound that makes drowning in the sea of life seem like fun. Oh yes, it's even got something that sounds suspiciously like a kazoo in it. There's courage for you as I'm sure the kazoo was made illegal in 1987.

There's got to be a slow one and "Carry The Light" illustrates that slowing the pace doesn't slow your enjoyment down at all. If a song can do such a thing, it makes a man feel really quite sentimental. Rounding things off is one of those melodic, complex big city songs that only seem to come from those resident in big American cities - "Gotta Get Blue" is more than a bit Donald Fagen but none the worse for that.

There you go - six songs and I can honestly say something nice about all of them. Along with the songs, you get a high standard of musicianship and you get imaginative arrangements. The seal of approval is duly granted.



Review by: Bluesbunny

http://www.bluesbunny.com/tabid/122/xmmid/474/xmid/2223/xmview/2/default.aspx


3/8/2010
Heard Mentality

By Nate Jackson, Wednesday, Mar. 3 2010 @ 8:57AMCategories: local bands 

The Hype: Following their cheery, 2008 full-length Farewell Adventure!, Huntington Beach's Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob release their new EP, She Changes Face, on the heels of a very productive year that built them enough buzz to become a featured act on the second OC Music Awards showcase at the District Tustin Legacy shopping center back in January. Praise for their quirky pop aesthetic and old-time-y sounds also charmed the Weekly in our Locals Only column back in 2008. My, how they've grown since then.


The Judgement: The sound of Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob takes an eclectic twist on the She Changes Face EP (out March 5). It's chock full of accordions, keyboard, guitars, intertwining harmonies and jaunty rhythms. Building on the organic, folk-driven songs and slightly distorted voices of front man/guitarist Kollar and vocalist Elizabeth Messick, the band hits the ground running with an array of down and dirty blues, airy adult pop and hum-a-long melodies.

The EP's opening title-track features stabs of poppy piano and an energetic burst of ragtime-meets-folk pop. Matching Kollar's semi-weathered vocals with swells of accordion and meandering trumpet, it's an infectiously fun start to a record that keeps the happy vibes going on other tracks like "Driftin' Blues."


But even though their slices of layered, rip roaring folk are nice, they don't quite beat the band's slower songs. Ambling tracks like "Gotta Get Blue" and the stripped-down, heart-felt sentiments of "Carry the Light" show off the band's mature versatility, courtesy of drummer Nick Mendoza, bassist Evan Phelan and accordion player Ryan Macleod, even if they're not necessarily playing all over the tracks. It's not every day that a band's calmer tunes manage to outshine the bolder ones. But then again, what else would you expect from a band that call themselves an Angry Mob, right?


3/8/2010
OC Examiner "She Changes Face" Review

If you are not familiar withOrange County band Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob, the title track to the new EP She Changes Face (available today) is a good introduction. This is a song that includes accordion, piano, tromobone, and excellent harmony vocals. I'm not sure how I could classify it genre-wise. I can merely say this: if this song does not get your head moving side-to-side and your toes tapping, you should probably check for vital signs.

The musical gumbo (you know, a whole bunch of ingredients) continues with the next tune "409 Blues" which features a big organ sound, and some garagey guitars and vocals. The best word I can think to describe this song is "romp." Do yourself a favor when you listen to this song, and turn up the volume. And maybe listen to it more than once.

And if you haven't experienced enough of the unexpected in the first four songs with the great variety of instruments, then maybe the curveball of "Carry the Light" will get your attention. Whereas the previous four songs are well-orchestrated, high-energy musical celebrations, this is an incredibly mellow tune. You know that song at the end of Juno? You know, the incredibly catchy (just try and get that song out of your head) duet sung by Michael Cera and Ellen Page. This song is like that. It is incredibly melodic, sweet and catchy. And I dare you to listen to this song without singing along.

When you see a band with nine members, it's easy to think that it is a band that is only trying to be quirky and stand out from the standard four member lineup. That sure isn't the case with Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob. This is a very good band that is one part Tom Waits, one part 60s garage, and one part gospel. And not the kind of gospel where the singer closes his eyes and the people raise their hands and sway. No, I mean the kind of gospel that makes you get up in the aisles and dance. The biggest drawback of this EP is that it is just too short. Only 17 minutes? That is such a tease

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1621-Orange-County-Music-Examiner~y2010m3d5-Schwindys-indie-music-spotlight-Matt-Kollar-and-the-Angry-Mob



1/29/2010
Review Of Prospector Show

‘Angry Mob’ riots Long Beach

By Brittany Woolsey

Contrbuting Writer

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009


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Photo by Brittany Woolsey

From the left: Timmy Red, Elizabeth Messick and Matt Kollar rock out at The Prospector Bar in Long Beach.

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Photo by Brittany Woolsey

Anything but angry.

Matt Kollar And The Angry Mob proved its anything by angry as it smiled and danced around the small stage of The Prospector Bar in Long Beach Tuesday night.

The band put all its strange little heart into the entertaining show as it played songs from its latest release, “Farewell Adventure.” It delighted fans with originals such as “Suburbia Blues” as well as its own rendition of Outkast’s “The Whole World.” Band members Matt Kollar, Timmy Red and Elizabeth Messick rapped each verse flawlessly and got the audience to cheer.

The band included bizarre things into its set, like viking helmets, a toy animal noisemaker, and fun costumes. Kollar said he had no idea the show was going to be a “viking beach party.” To make them even more unique, Kollar said the band used to have an accordion player. But one night he “spontaneously combusted” while playing a solo. To compensate, the band has hired its own personal belly dancer.

Along with creativity, the band also possessed strong talents. Kollar sang as well as played the piano and harmonica with stage presence similar to Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin.

Backup singers Messick and Red, almost stole the spotlight as they danced together and surprised the audience by stripping off their clothes to reveal ’60s inspired bathing suits. In one song, Red played a ukulele, which gave the song a lighthearted and fun feel.

The Angry Mob has played in several venues around Orange County and Los Angeles, as well as several shows on Main Street in Huntington Beach. The band has a variety of people in its audience, ranging from college kids to adults, and even singer/songwriter Matt Costa.

The band has yet to tour the U.S., but it toured and recorded in Canada over the summer. Kollar said that the response in Canada was very humble and different than L.A. because “there are so many bands and it’s very hard to distinguish yourself… Some guy gave us a $100 tip.”

Its upcoming EP release is due to be out this winter.

In the words of Ben Folds, Kollar said he hopes to “make a stadium feel like a living room and a living room feel like a stadium.”


6/22/2009
The Big Takeover "Farewell Adventure!" Review

"The Orange County,CA nine-piece ensembles debut album naturally brings to mind other multi-instrument groups such as The Decemberists,Arcade Fire,and Sharp Things. However The Angry Mobs music also incorporated dollops of Americana and folk, recalling Eels,Bob Dylan,Tom Waits and Woody Guthrie, whom the band cite as influences. Each song is backed by a layered kitchen-sink blend of competing instruments including harmonica,organ,banjo,accordion, glockenspiel and horns, while frontman Kollar's Ben Gibbard-esque vocals are nicely complimented by Tisha Boonyawatana and Liliana Frandsen. Many songs build to a euphoric crescendo,with voices and instruments all joining in unison, suggesting the album might be the perfect soundtrack for a cross-country drive. Their exuberant music just has that kind of an uplifting quality about it."

-Mark Suppanz

The Big Takeover



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