It's called Swoon — and a more perfect word could not be chosen to describe the sound and aesthetic of Mon Chéri, a band that caught the Inland NW's eye three years ago with its woozy, sugar-coated vocals and seemingly infinite supply of smiles and party dresses. Swoon, the band’s new album, shows more than just that googly-eyed side of this band. It’s filled with toe-tapping, upbeat numbers, but also songs that wrestle with heartache, or lament change — hell, there’s even a song with a line about shooting someone in the head. As they've matured, these musical darlings seem to have gotten a lot edgier, packing Swoon with more thick, warm rock tracks than love ditties.
The opening track "Too Hard Too Fast" wakes and shakes you with an impossibly addictive hook, telling a tale of a relationship gone wrong. "Outlaw" sends a pin through the heart of every voodoo doll bad-guy who's ever done you wrong. "She" is a Latin tune that melts the face of every temptress, all the while making you spin with enjoyment over the wicked bass line and tight guitar work. "Street Preacher" sends you into a dancing frenzy, boom. "Put a Little Load on Me" is a sweet, up-lifting number written by McHenry about and for his close friends and band mates. All of the songs on this album are worth writing about!
Recorded by Grammy-winning Kory Kruckenberg in Seattle WA at VU.recording and Mastered by the legendary RFI, this is the most well produced project this band has yet to put out. Pick it up today.