THE MOUMOU TIMERS: Te Miti And Beyond
By Westley Holdsworth
The Moumou Timers’ press release is casually written, not with the forced nonchalant of hip youngsters but rather with the grace and wisdom of those who have been around the block. It’s clear this is a band completely unconcerned with ‘making it’ in the music industry, as leader/bass player Stefan Wolf refreshingly explains. ‘We love getting together once a week, having a few beers and rocking out.’ The Paekakariki four-piece may have a combined age of nearly 200 years but have only been playing together for two. This oozes with competence and their combined maturity shines through, the album boldly shifting between Mark Te One’s Led Zeppelin-esque riffage as on Timewaster and lazy bass-led reggae, whilst retaining a consistent signature sound and pace throughout thanks to Steve Doorne’s drumming. Donna Hitchon’s voice is light, the lyrical content as varied as the musical styles on offer, making use of the experiences that can only come from having lived a life. Songs about the nightmarish heave-ho of custody disputes sit side by side with light hearted dissections on chicken farming and online dating. Casual fun perhaps, but well worthwhile.