THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN
FADING HECTOGRAPHS WERE THEIR FACT SAWS
A veritable one-man band, The Mandate of Heaven is the labor of love of Greg Pier, whose latest nine-song offering displays a smattering of indie rock influence from Dinosaur Jr. to Weezer to Death From Above 1979. This Syracuse, NY native’s jaded rock shines best with a little dirt under the nails on songs like “The Knife is a Labor Saving Device” and the trip-laden rhythm of “Men of Science”. Most effective when melancholic, The Mandate of Heaven’s neo-hippie flare, laid back noise rock zeal, and cohesive yet subversively underground recording emanates a left of center rock stance that rarely misfires and stays one step above the norm, resulting in a compelling listening experience.