Review: Mike Bell & The Movies – ‘Room’

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I’ve said time and time again that Philadelphia has a great music scene and one of the band’s I’ll be including in that now is Mike Bell & The Movies. They’ve been around for a bit, but in my time at Philly I hadn’t heard about them, which is a bummer. I would have loved to see these guys at a house show or small venue where they’d really rock out.

Room is full of power chords which is appropriate for that power pop vibe. From start to finish, the album is full of amazing hooks and catchy melodies. I love that it’s guitar driven but doesn’t necessarily feel like guitar rock. The drums compliment the melody well and overall the musicianship on the album is outstanding. It’s clean and well put together from a songwriting standpoint. I spent a lot of time thinking Mike Bell’s lyrics sounded extremely familiar, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Despite my inability to figure it out, it made me feel nostalgic for early-mid 2000’s music that had a similar vibe. “The Unwanted Dead” is a great first track because it immediately draws you in and next thing you know, you’ve listened to the full album.

The album runs ten songs, a couple of which are under two minutes long, so there’s really no excuse not to just sit down and give this a quick listen. If the Philly music scene is your thing or if you like some pop hooks driven by guitars, check this album out. You can also pick up a copy of Room here.