photos by Kyle Johnson
review by Sheryl Witlen
San Diego’s The Muslims have had quite the productive year recording their debut demo and releasing the 7″ record, five song Parasites Walking with Jesus, gaining the attention of audiences at South by South West and touring extensively on the West Coast. The four piece ensemble consisting of Matt Lamkim on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar; Matty McLoughlin on both acoustic and electric guitar; Dave Lantzman on bass guitar; and Brian Hill on drums easily reminds you of Velvet Underground during their last days and will find fans among lovers of The Replacements. Soaked in the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s California is the perfect base for McLouglin who writes most of the songs which lead to the band bringing all of the elements together to record their record in a band member’s bedroom. Edgy and rough their music remains focused and creative, spilling over the edges and seamlessly lapping into the next track on the record they control their art respecting function and form. Recently relocating to Los Angeles, the band has found themselves at home in their newly adopted city surrounded by a community inspired by similar sounds as the artists that they have drawn their sounds from. Much like the Lemon Suns and the Grizzly Owls, the Muslims have been growing with each live performance and proving to their audiences that we have only heard the beginning from this young West Coast band.