On Mount Moriah‘s sophomore album Miracle Temple the band distills and expands upon the more countrified elements that made their eponymous 2011 debut such an exciting listen and that separated the group from that pleasant, but innocuous upbeat rock style that becomes a pitfall for many would-be awesome acts. It’s a credit to the Mount Moriah’s musicianship and inventive songwriting that they rise above the noise floor. A point of differentiation exists in Mount Moriah’s not-so-secret weapon, frontwoman Heather McEntire who croons, quivers, quakes, and generally does everything she can to tug and pull at your heartstrings. It’s a joy to listen to McEntire jump from brash to beautiful instantly and effortlessly. The full band experience, which translates into a powerful live show, exists at the crossroads of twangy southern rock, postpunk indie rock, and heartland americana creating a patented sound, perhaps country music for the youthful underground scene.

We captured Mount Moriah’s energetic live dynamics here at the WXPN Performance Studio before their show at Johnny Brenda’s on March 26th. Enjoy these four takes from Miracle Temple.