It’s not often that a band so explicitly lays out its intentions, but Everett, Wash., rockers The Moondoggies do just that in the liner notes to their latest album, “Adios I’m A Ghost.”
In a scrawled note, the band explains that their third LP, out today, is about death, rebirth and the changes that happen that kill some opportunities and pave the way for others. So, it’s about nearly the whole spectrum of existence, something not easily captured on 12 tracks.
Let’s just say that The Moondoggies don’t do a particularly great job of capturing that spectrum, but that goal was probably pretty lofty anyway. What they do end up with is a pretty great collection of indie rock tunes, many of carry an admittedly spooky vibe.
After an ethereal opening aptly titled “I’m A Ghost,” things get kicked off with the blazing rocker “Red Eye,” which jolts the album awake. It’s a good harbinger of the strong collection of songs that follow.
“Midnight Owl” is the lead single and it’s a great late-summer jam, taking the band outside of their previous sleepy comfort zone with some nifty drumming and jangly SoCal guitars that lend the song some nice instrumental moments.
There’s a lot to like on “Adios I’m A Ghost.” Go into it without the baggage of the band’s intent and the songs get even better.
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails