They may not like the comparison, but the Moffatts, who made a big impression on their curious young fans at the Roxy, are Canada’s answer to Hanson, a cute and cuddly group of smiling high school-aged brothers who sing well together, write many of their own songs and play their own instruments.
And to judge by the pre-teen female screams at this early Friday night show at the near-full Sunset Strip club, that combination could be all it takes to make these guys big stars.
The group, which has already released a couple of hit albums north of the border, is made up of 15-year-old triplets Clint (bass), Dave (keys) and Bob (drums), and their year-older brother Scott on guitar. The four sibs sang, with a fair amount of harmonious success, nothing but love songs — that is, other than covers of recent hits by Blur and Collective Soul — and, besides Bob, each had his turn to take lead vocals and be the object of the girls’ attention.
The Moffatts (here in their first formal American concert appearance) played nearly all of the lovesick songs from their slickly produced debut U.S. album — “Chapter I: A New Beginning” (Capitol), which hits stores today (June 8) — including first single “Until You Loved Me,” one of four tracks produced by Glen Ballard (“Clubland,” Alanis Morissette).
The boys demonstrated only a rudimentary command of their instruments (poor drummer Bob often couldn’t keep up with his brothers’ enthusiasm) during the 16-song perf, but they held a firm grip on their new fans, many of whom heard about this show only the night before, when the group guested on a local top-40 radio station.