It’s No Surprise That We’re Unreal

Mock Orange

It’s hard for me to understand why Mock Orange hasn’t garnered more attention from either music publications or from the broader population of music listeners. I suppose in most instances you need the former before you can achieve the latter, but in any case, Mock Orange has truly ascended to “criminally underrated” status. They’ve been making music for over ten years now and even though popular success has largely eluded them, they’ve kept on. Mock Orange has come a long way from their modest beginnings as a well-above-average emo band, significantly progressing as both musicians and songwriters, ultimately going on to create some of the finest guitar-centered indie rock of the decade.

Their upcoming, yet-to-be-titled album is mostly cut from the same cloth as their last full-length, Mind Is Not Brain, driving home great pop songs with well-executed, Doug Martsch-recalling guitar play. “Song In D”, one of the better tracks on the record, was entered into last year’s International Songwriting Competition and placed first in the Rock category. It’s easy to see why — the song is no doubt one of Mock Orange’s strongest compositions, exhibiting skillful guitar playing, driving melodies, and more mature songwriting. Both tracks from Daniel’s EP, a split with The Band Apart which was released (only) in Japan last year, have been rerecorded for the new album… definitely good news for American audiences that may have missed out. “Beauty of a Scar” is particularly awesome, almost indescribably so. Packed so full of incredible guitar work and amazing melodies, you’d be hard pressed to find many rock songs, either this year or last, that surpass it.

There’s no official release date for the album, but be sure to keep your eyes on the Mock Orange website for any word. I’ll definitely be reminding everyone here as well. In the meantime, I’d recommend checking out some other Mock Orange albums — First EP and Mind Is Not Brain are especially good.

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Download: Mock Orange – Song In D

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Download: Mock Orange – Beauty of a Scar
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4 thoughts on “It’s No Surprise That We’re Unreal

  1. I think the most ridiculous/bummerizing thing about Mock is that this new album was pretty much recorded in January of 2003. over 4 YEARS AGO. And after all this time they’re not even stepping it up in the label world. The new album’s going to be out in julyish on Silverthree. Barsuk, Desoto, Matador, Merge, etc need to pull their heads out of their collective asses and sign these dudes.

  2. I had read that they had supposedly rewritten the album like three times, but that really is frustrating. Though I wonder if they’ve got any material that’s been piling up for another record… that’d be nice.

    But yeah, it really is silly that these guys haven’t been snatched up by a bigger label yet. I just don’t get it.

  3. So…Mock Orange fans, you claim to know what’s goin on huh?

    Well, Asian Gothic (Japanese Label run under guys from The Band Apart) has released “Captain Love”, the new Mock Orange LP…you canb get it on amazon.jp or HMV Japan like I did for 27 bux with shipping included…it’s fucking well worth it because there is no solid release date for a US releas…also..the US track listing will be different (NO “Beauty Of A Scar” on the Japanese import version).

  4. Well, you might note that this conversation took place back in April before any of that information was available. 🙂

    Secondly, I’m pretty sure Mock Orange would prefer that us in the states wait until it comes out in the U.S. to buy it. Who wants to give 10-15 bucks to the middleman?

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