For The Moms, punk is almost a religious thing; where the DIY basements are the church, where bands are born in a baptismal of sweat and beer, where people go for some spiritual communion. But it's more than the music and the mosh pit. It's a connection made between outsiders and misfits that's driven by community, passion, and a sincere desire to bring the fun and the fury. It's what the Mom's do, and Doing Asbestos We Can, the New Jersey trio's first full-length with Bar/None Records, delivers the goods.
The Moms are still growling with sincerity and distorted guitars here, but there's a more personal perspective to the lyrics and a pulse between the loudest moments and their softer, brooding counterparts. Doing Asbestos We Can expands frontman Joey Nester's songwriting to include more personal and intimate moments with a sound to match. The too short opener "Good Job" details the struggle between job security and jobless freedom before "Push Shove" ponders relationship freedom.
This is The Moms at their most dynamic yet, even bringing in Ciaran O'Donnell of The Front Bottoms for horns and keys, most notably on the horn-filled "Fortunate Former." The group's range shows best on "Soup Song," which boils the greater meaning of life down to a bowl of soup, pulling back in the verses before charging forward in the choruses in an almost Pixies-style loud-soft dynamic. The relentless punk energy still pulses throughout, though. Tracks like "Rock The Boat" and "New Frontier" offer a full-speed release commenting on the current political turmoil.