The Moods have been favourites of mine for a while now due to their live shows being just phenomenal. A Manchester based 9-piece band whose genre-hopping sounds elicits an insatiable urge to dance.
By Music Editor Jo Lowes
Their line-up is as eclectic as its sound, featuring rappers, poets, producers and classical musicians. With brass, strings, big beats and socially conscious lyrics, a rare breed of band who appeal to almost every demographic.
2019 saw The Moods play on their biggest stage so far, performing at the Manchester Arena for the World Taekwondo Championships. Their upcoming single ‘Strong’ was the official anthem of the games and the band brought the house down with a performance of the track that also featured the 40-piece Manchester Show Choir.
With a whole host of single releases planned for this year and a new album due to be released in early 2020, The Moods are ready for a massive 12 months. Another tour in autumn will see the band play some new territories, as well returning to most of their favourite haunts around the UK to party with their ever-growing legion of fans. If you’ve never seen one of The Moods high-octane shows then make sure you catch them this year, whilst you still can.
The Moods release new single “Gotta get a Hold” on A1M records March 6th. “A collaboration with UK & USA acclaimed producers Remix EP” A brand new soul enriched “rework” of ” Gotta Get a Hold”, is released Friday 6 th March. The Moods collaborated on the track with acclaimed, musician & Producer Dave Tolan. Re-recorded & Remixed at Hope mill studios Mcr, features gospel singers, soul vibes, trumpets, trombones, expertly fused to bring, “uplifting and up-tempo soul tinged re-work” of the original moods track.
This track is a Gotta Get a Hold, is the opening track and single from the new “Remixing Peace EP” from UK urban collective the Moods. Tracks from the original Moods album “missing peace”, (Album of the Year 2017 “The Morning Star”), have been reworked, re-imagined and remixed, by a host of Producers, Musicians and DJs to produce an eclectic mix of genre hopping styles.
The “Remixing Peace” EP is released 20th March on A1M records ltd and completes the story and signals the close of the final chapter, of the highly acclaimed and amazing “Missing Peace story”. This part of the Moods musical journey ends, another one is about to begin. “The soldier swaps his weapons for turntables and a mixing deck”. Collaborations include : Mark Pistel (Hercules & Love Affair, Consolidated), David Jay Handley (JSD, Virus Syndicate) , Simon Ding Archer, (AAAK, the Fall, PJ Harvey).
A whole new chapter dawns. A brand-new Killer album, massive headline show at MCR academy selling out fast, UK tour, videos and major UK festival appearances ahead for 2020.
Briefly introduce yourselves in less than 10 words…..
“We came to make you dance then think then dance”
What made you want to get into music?
“Everyone’s into music at some level, even if it’s just listening, but to try and write songs that compete with the best song writers out there is a great challenge
Whats the writing process?
“It takes many forms being in a band with so many members, we are big on coming up with themes as far as the lyrics are concerned. Find a theme, then portray the story verbally and musically”
What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?
“If I can only pick one, it has to be the Manchester Arena last year for the 2019 Taekwondo world championship, we played the closing ceremony.
A song (strong) from our forthcoming album (somebody’s hero Nobody’s soldier)
Was chosen as an anthem for the games, we played that and another song Carnival. And when we played carnival we had Chinese lions, fan dancers, and the taekwondo world display team join us on stage along with the 20 piece Manchester show choir. It was surreal.”
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
“When the levy brakes. The other favourites”
What would be on your band rider?
“A few beers suffices and honey pizza crisps nuts jack Daniels vodka Rizzla cake.”
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
“Don’t mind them. You have to be your own industry these days”
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
“Yoko Pwno, Deviant Robots, Fought Process, Virus Syndicate. Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5”
What’s in store for you in 2020?
“New album, Sombody’s hero Nobody’s soldier. Album launch at Academy 2 Manchester may 23rd.”
UK tour and loads of big summer festivals. We can’t wait
See The Moods Live
25th April – Scunthorpe – Café Indie
8th May – Edinburgh – Stramash
23rd May – Manchester – Academy 2 (Headline Show new Album Launch)
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