Mutt’s Company is a rock/pop band out of Copenhagen, Denmark. The four members of the band are Rasmus Nielsen on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jeff Jorgensen on lead guitar, Rasmus Ibsen on bass guitar and vocals, and Soren Kruse on drums. According to the press release I was sent, Mutt’s Company says they sound like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Oasis, The Beatles, Tom Waits, and George Harrison. The band released an EP called Jump Ship on September 30, 2012.
There are a total of six songs on the EP: “Jump Ship,” “Country Song,” “Count Me Out,” “Bad Diet,” “Winterworn,” and “Ghost Track.” Most of the songs are either slow or midtempo, with “Bad Diet” being the only real uptempo track on the release.
Of the songs on this release, I would have to say that “Country Song” was the most unique. The band added a “country twang” to this song, and there’s also some noticeable tambourine sounds included as well. Unfortunately, the style ends up wearing out its welcome by the time it finishes; this song would probably have been a little better if it was just a tad bit shorter.
My least favorite track on this EP is “Count Me Out.” Musically, the song never truly goes anywhere and feels like it’s plodding along. The song is only about five minutes long, but it felt longer to me due to the plodding.
As I listened to this EP, I could hear that the band has talent and shows potential. Unfortunately, The Beatles’ influence on the band was too easy to hear. For five out of the six songs, it felt like Mutt’s Company was trying to sound like The Beatles, except using the technology that’s available today to try to modernize the sound. While I don’t have a problem with bands being influenced by other acts, it’s distracting to me as a listener when the influences are that obvious and easy to spot.
Mutt’s Company is off to a decent start, but I think they need to figure out what their sound is, and hone that sound so their music sounds less derivative than it currently does.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can find Mutt’s Company at: