Shoot the moon

TBy Brianna Riplinger The Mooney Suzuki, a group of sweaty, shaggy-haired New York boys with guitars, are audaciously proud of their borrowed rock sound. And they should be, because they avoid falling into the trap of second-rate imitation by blazing through their second album, “Electric Sweat,” with musical deftness and ragged vigor. On the title track, lead singer and guitarist Sammy James Jr. comes off like a polite Iggy Pop fronting an all-male, Donnas-esque, glam-punk tribute band.

It gets even better. “A Little Bit of Love” steals from three classic songs and styles within the first 15 seconds: the title and vague melody of The Music Explosion’s “Little Bit O’ Soul,” the intro riff of The Yardbirds’ “For Your Love” and the guitar break from The Doors’ “Love Her Madly.” Remarkable and arrogant, it’s so Oasis-obvious that it’s actually endearing.

Clocking in at a rapid-fire 35 minutes, “Electric Sweat” plays homage to that era by splitting the album into two distinct sides and using the shot-on-top-of-shot look, typical of late 1960s variety shows, for cover art. The Mooney Suzuki also teamed up with Jim Diamond (the White Stripes) in his Ghetto Recordings studio in dirty Detroit rock city to create this album, further honing their raunchy garage sound.

Although “Electric Sweat” contains enough direct references and boldly stolen moves to effectively recreate a 1968 episode of the Ed Sullivan Show, The Mooney Suzuki still wail and rock with the best of them. The staggering “It’s Not Easy” builds from pounding beats and mod bass lines to a smoldering solo delivered ferociously.

“It’s Showtime Pt. II,” a groovy instrumental filled with handclaps, swirling organ and “all rights,” “oh yeahs” and “look outs” galore, while definitely rooted in the past, is strangely refreshing and expertly carried out. Lyrics are simple and rousing, and The Mooney Suzuki wear their influences on their sleeves on “In A Young Man’s Mind” (“What does he want to do/ Be like Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page and Hendrix too”).

James Jr. later proclaims, “In a young man’s mind/ It’s a simple world/ There’s a little room for music/ And the rest is girls.” When it comes to rocker-boys of all ages, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The Mooney Suzuki will perform at 6:30 p.m. April 16, in

the Ascot Room at The Quest,

(612) 338-3383, all ages, $10.