This current incarnation of The Moochers is a 5-piece band comprising:
Mat Walklate: vocals, harp. Andy Pyatt: guitar.
Steve Brown: keyboards.Bo Kirton: bass guitar.
Chris Walton: drums.
The Moochers started up in 1994 when the songwriting team of Mat Walklate (vocal, harp) and Andy Pyatt (guitar) met up in Manchester UK. The new CD Play The Game is our third album and the first to contain all our own material.
Our previous albums have received excellent reviews all over the world and the band has tourd extensively in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
We think that Play The Game is the best thing we've ever done and so, it seems do the people we've sent it to so far! The album came out in October 2005 and already it's had loads of airplay and positive reviews.
Andy is a truly great guitar player-inventive, soulful, intelligent and true to the blues. Together with Mat's rich voice, expressive harp and superb lyrics The Moochers have created fourteen brand new songs that carry the true spirit of the blues forward into the 21st century!
There's a full range of different feels and grooves on the album, a full range of emotions expressed and an irresistible beat provided by Bo Kirton on bass and Chris Wharton on drums.
If you like original, contemporary blues with a firm grounding in the blues tradition and real heart and soul then The Moochers are a band you need to hear!
Rune Endal - www.bluesnews.no
"..a good album with its own personality"
Translated from Norwegian. They solely do their own material, which is of a good standard. On "Never Get far" they sound like Dire Straits on a good day and they also have a good few other tunes on this album which has an "English sound". This is a good album with its own personality.
Blues In Britain - www.bluesinbritain.org
"Andy Pyatt's guitar playing is of the highest standard"
Andy Pyatt's guitar playing is of the highest standard and nowhere better than on the title cut "Play The Game". The gently simple "Smiling Face" shows a different side to Mat's vocal ability. It's easy to overlook Mat's versatility on the harmonica that gets partly obscured by the standard of the song writing. His songs have something to say, yet not at the expense of having a good time and enjoying the high musical standard and inter-play of a tight, (and often augmented) quartet.
Soulbag - www.soulbag.presse.fr
"good singing, big,hot sound,"
(Translated from French) Good singing, big, hot sound, straightforward rhythm, this quartet assumes modernity and does not believe in changing their personality in sacrifice to "academic" exercises. The balance is strong, from start to finish, the themes are interesting.
"..superb bluesharp.." "..brilliant solo guitar.."
(Translated from German). The first three or four tones sound like Jimi Hednrix. But listening to the track "Listen to Me" that's wrong. It's an excellent uptempo blues song with some funky horn section, guitar, solo in wah-wah sound and nice backing vocals. That's a pleasure. The next song "House of Cards" causes my attention even more. Pumping bass, groovy drums, guitar, sharp as a knife and Walklate plays a superb blues harp. Really funky grooves on "Look Down". Pyatt delivers a fine guitar solo. Horn section on "Technology" too, giving the song the wanted pressure. Andy Pyatt again with brilliant solo guitar. "Rockin' On", groovy 41/2 minutes, Walklate again plays a brilliant harp solo.
Blues & Rhythm
Everything is tight, focused and restrained.
All of the fourteen songs - all originals, by the way - clock in between two and a half and five minutes, so there is little room or (apparently) inclination for ego-tripping solos. Everything is tight, focused and restrained; guitarist Andy Pyatt particularly impresses. In short, enjoyable and admirable! Norman Darwen.
"..great guitar work.." "..well written and well executed.."
"House of Cards has great guitar work. This is a well written and well executed number, and has my vote as the best on the album. "Goin' Away", "Hide And Seek", "Lubrication" are excellent, bluesy, full of good lyrics. Track 12 "Take It Easy" comes very close to being my choice from the album, and is a very close second to "House Of Cards" - these 2 tracks alone make this CD worth having in any blues collection.
"..a very tight and rockin' 14-track self-penned blaster.."
The Moochers have created a ball bouncing, bail spinning sound; solid air pinching brass, backing a crisp, funky, fuzzy, hip-swivelling ferocious guitar; closely following behind barking, harking vocals and rasping harmonica. Stop reading this, go out and get it! Mucho, mucho Impressto! Brian Harman.
"good material, easy on the ears, compulsive to the feet.."
Funky beat, neat brass and wah all join on the opening Listen To Me to make this a worthy intro to a CD of all original compositions. Mat Walklate plays neat harp and Andy Pyatt counters with fine guitar while Bo Kirton (bass) and Chris Wharton provide the ample rhythm section. This is good material, easy on the ears, compulsive to the feet and you'll find your head bobbing too and not be able to stop I promise you.
Vicente Zumel - "La Hora del Blues", www.lahoradelblues.com
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My warmest regards and keep on swingin' !!!
Vicente Zumel - "La Hora del Blues"
The times, when British Blues rules the scene, are gone. Still the Bluesscene is not so big right now on the isle than in the 60th, there are already bands, which holds the tradition up. Singer and harpplayer Matt Walklate is the leader of such a band. The Blues of the Moochers is various and integrates brass as well as wah-wah guitar, slide or some funk. Andy Pyatt supplies straight strato-solos and even piano or hammond cannot be missed. The style goes from driving, powerful Blues to Rock, Goodtime-Blues to more quiet moments. The arrangements are well thought-out, brought to the point. "Splendid stuff" says Paul Jones – and he should not it for sure.