THE MOODS – The New Album By The Manichester Street Preachers… Track By Track

9 July 2021

THE MOODS is a 9-piece squad of producers, poets, vocalists and musicians from Manchester. A band that cares about human issues, a band that stands up and reacts
in their work against all sorts of injustices. A band that matters. A band that made an album that matters.

SOMEBODY’S HERO NOBODY’S SOLDIER is a multi-layered melting pot of drum & bass, acid house, hip-hop and R & B. A multi-voiced mishmash of raps, rants and chants. This united Manc team brings the multi-colored spirit of The Specials, the razor blade passion
of Public Enemy and the 24-hour party addiction of Happy Mondays to mind.

They celebrate all things good in life, they protest against all things bad in life. They sing, spit and sneer about love and hate, (in)tolerance and (in)justice, equality and solidarity,
life and death. Moodchester is the new Madchester.


(photo by CM Taylor Photography)

Tons of reasons to learn about the stories/anecdotes behind
each and every track. The team’s coach and bass player Dave
O’Rourke
is our guide.

THE MUSIC

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THE STORIES

Welcome Dave,

1. SOMEBODY’S HERO

“This song came about as surprise, we had originally wrote the verse nobody’s soldier nobody’s hero, for the last track, then we brought the song to be produced by David Hindley (JSD) and he heard two different tracks in the song we wrote, it was then we wrote the new track for this song to be the Ying and Yang of the opening track and the closing track of the album, and that gave us the idea, for the album artwork.”

2. FAULT IN OUR STARS

“This is a big drum and bass track, with lyrics that look at the rise of fame and subsequent fall from grace that can happen on social media, one minute everyone loves you then it all goes wrong, Life should not be defined by likes on a picture or a post.”

3. THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA

“We had the hook for this wrote a few years ago, it was supposed to be a commentary
on the crazy gun laws over in the USofA. We had a tongue-in-cheek rewrite of some of
the American national anthem and poked a stick at some me of the amendments in the constitution.

We are sure the right to bear arms was written for people with muskets, not crazy people with semi-automatic weapons, then when Trump turned up and divided the country, even more, we had to put this one on the album.”

4. OLD SCHOOL SOUND

“This is just a fun track where we reminisced about our youth. Remembering when all we needed, was enough to party at the weekend and we needed no time to recover before we did it all again.

The track is an old skool garage-type song with great energy that will get you bouncing around, however long ago it was you were in school.”

5. THE WAR

“The working title for this song was Grime violin. Having such a talented violin player
in the band as our Alice, we wanted to bring that sound to the forefront of our music,
its a mash-up of a grime tempo verse and a dubstep tempo chorus on paper its sounds like it wouldn’t work but when we put them both together in the studio it was magic.”

The energy you get from the verses is immense live combining fast lyrics and a high energy backbeat the crowd can’t help but dance along then your hit with a melodic dubstep hook that just sticks in your head definitely best heard live.

6. STRONG

“This is another track produced by JSD

It was probably the first track that we wrote specifically for this album, we had it in the locker for a little while, when it was chosen to be the British teams anthem for the 2019 taekwondo world championships

That was held in Manchester, it was the first time the event had ever been held in Europe, and we got to play it live at the closing ceremony in the Manchester Arena to thousands of people, a night we will never forget.”

7. TRUE REVOLUTION

“Lyrically this was our hardest challenge.

We keep seeing stories of angry mobs who feel they have no recourse to the law,
so the only answer they have is to burn down their own communities.

We wanted to make people see another way of revolution, everybody has a choice
when it comes to the products they buy and what companies they subscribe to.

We all hold a little power and if we think about it we can all make small changes to our lives for the betterment of society, governments are not there to rule us, they are there
to work for us.”

8. BLESSINGS

“Another fun track. Because even though we tackle some weighty issues on
this album, you just have to stop and take time out to count your blessings.

We was lucky enough to get Lissa Chen from Yoko Pwno to add her brilliant vocal talent
to this one, Yoko Pwno are one of the best live bands we have played with on any of our recent tours, so it was also great to get the lads to add something to the video, filmed in Edinburgh and Manchester during the lockdown.”

9. HUMAN AGAIN

“The bravest thing that I’ve ever done, was to carry on when it all went wrong”

This is a look at the highs and lows we all experience in life, and how your
greatest highs can come from pulling yourself out of a hole.

It’s never over until they put you in the ground, so keep pushing for your
dreams to become reality.”

10. SAME HELL

“This song came about when we heard the story of the Vietnamese immigrants
found frozen in the back of a truck in the UK.

There seems to be a program of stopping immigrants from entering first-world countries at the borders, rather than addressing the problems of why they leave their homes in the first place, Which are mostly caused by first-world countries invading lands and stealing all the economic riches from the third world.”

11. INSTAGRAM INFLUENZA

“When we released our 2017 album Missing Peace, a friend of ours Paul (siddy) Sidwell, informed us that Scorzayzee was a fan of our music, so we thought we would be cheeky and ask him to do a collaboration with us, he was straight on it and told us he had an idea for Instagram influenza.

We sent him over a few tracks we had and he picked this tune to put his flow over, and it was a brilliant piece of modern and futuristic writing, then our John and Kolega added their verses to come up with the track you hear today. One of our favourite writing experiences to have such a legend as Scorzayzee in our studio.”

12. NOBODY’S SOLDIER

“This takes us back to the beginning. It’s a hard-hitting anti-knife crime track,
which is the Yang to the Ying of somebody’s Hero

If you listen carefully you can get the way the two choruses combine to make
the album a whole, we wish we did not have to write tracks like this, but if we
see a problem in our times we will always have the courage to address such
issues because we are the moods.”

Thank you very much for being our guide, Dave.
May the road rise with The Moods.

THE MOODS: WebsiteFacebookInterview with Turn Up The Volume

A Band That Matters Made An Album That Matters – Welcome To MOODCHESTER

 

21 June 2021

Band: THE MOODS (Manchester, UK)
Who: A caring and outspoken 9-piece collective of producers,
poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. A band
that matters, a band that made an album that matters.


(photo by CM Taylor Photography)

New album: SOMEBODY’S HERO NOBODY’S SOLDIER
Out: This Friday – 25 June 2021
Pre-order info: here

The Moods about the new longplayer: “Our new album ‘Somebody’s Hero, Nobody’s Soldier’ is now finished. Due to the current situation we have had to delay the release and postpone the accompanying tour. However, don’t despair! We have a whole load of new material for you to check out in the coming months including live videos, new single releases and special acoustic versions of the new tracks. The new album marks a massive step forward in terms of writing and production and we can not wait for you to all hear it. In the meantime, check out our Spotify and Youtube channels for all of our existing music and we look forward to seeing
you all when this is all over and things return to normal.”

Turn Up The Volume says: The new LP is a multi-layered melting pot of drum & bass, acid house, hip-hop and R & B. A multi-voiced mishmash of raps, rants and chants. This united Manc team brings the multi-colored spirit of The Specials, the razor blade passion of Public Enemy and the 24-hour party addiction of of Happy Mondays to mind. They celebrate all things good in life, they protest against all things bad in life. They sing, spit and sneer about love and hate, (in)tolerance and (in)justice, equality and solidarity, life and death. Moodchester is the new Madchester. Welcome to the real world. Doors open this Friday.

To get in the right mood, check the album’s striking singles…

– RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA –

– STRONG –

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Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of 2020 – Simply The Best!

22 December 2020

I love the smell of rock and roll.
Here come Turn Up The Volume’s
20 Knockout Tracks
of 2020.
Nothing but the best! Hands down!

1. ‘State Of The Union’ by PUBLIC ENEMY (Long Island, New York)
Time to get up and leave the White House, Donald Dumped. You split the USA right down the middle, you’re a disgrace for America, for humanity and the whole wide world. GO!

From brill album: What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?

Unprecedented, demented, many president’d / Nazi Gestapo dictator defended / State of the Union, shut the fuck up / Sorry ass motherfucker / Stay away from me / State of the Union,
shut the fuck up

2. ‘Ultra Plus Ultra’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
The Belgian sound-exploring motherrockers unleashed their second stupefying album Behajung  early this year with Ultra Plus Ultra‘ as one of the dazzling highlights.
A schizophrenic sonic blast with balls. Abso-fucking-lutely cool! VREE WIJS! You betcha!

3. ‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
A hot stuff disco stomper that should be played in all discotheques around the globe,
from one of the coolest gangs on the planet. Bad girls forever. Title track from their swirling party album. Saturday night pins fever all the way!

4. ‘Under The Spell Of Joy’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles)
Sickly sticky like first-class glue. With an angelic choir, feet-tapping drum beats, sweaty
sax flames and a mental finale. Yes, it’s Death Valley Girls en-joy-ing themselves in a new sonic zone. Don’t resist the spell! From the rad, same titled full length.

5. ‘I Found Out’ by OFFWORLD (UK)
Hard-Fi‘s frontman Richard Archer and imposing vox Krysten Cummings realized a high-powered tour de force. An epic heart and soul explosion! TOP! Waiting for the album!

6. ‘Never Ever Ever’ by BOA Vs COBRA (Belgium)
Don’t mess with charismatic frontwoman Sandy Fee who rants unambiguously about a toxic relationship from the very start when ‘Bad bad bad boy‘ bursts out of your speakers. The decibels turn up when the ablaze chorus kicks in. Stunning uppercut!

7. ‘American Dream’ by TOKYO TABOO (London, UK)
A steamy stunner with an explosive in-your-orange-face-intro, kick-starting this
clamorous jackhammer instantly with a titanic wall-of-blazing-riff hurly-burly and deafening percussion slams. YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!

Hey Mr President
You’re just a joke
Kids dodging bullets
World’s up in smoke

8. ‘Sweet’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (UK)
A towering loudQUIETloud haymaker with Margolin‘s repeating magnetically ‘I’m charming, I’m sweet and she will love me when she meets me‘. Emotive belter from the band’s excellent album Every Bad. Porridge Radio is on its way to world domination! Capeesh??

9. ‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A riff-roaring ripper made to start crowded moshpits at gigs (for now you need to pirouette yourself bananas at home). A red-hot-blooded corker that does your head in. Hells Bells! Album: Ultra Mono.

10. ‘A Hero’s Death’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Ireland)
‘Life isn’t always empty ‘ states frontman Grian Chatten in his characteristic parlando
flow while the band grooves non-stop. Album: A Hero’s Death.

11. ‘Dark Blue’ by THROWING MUSES (California)
A firm banger driven by a solid beat with a pounding guitar groove, Kristin Hersh‘s characteristic sensual voice, and a catchy polyphonic chorus. Throwing Muses rocks!
From the band’s highly acclaimed longplayer Sun Racket

12. ‘The Rise And Fall Of America’ by THE MOODS (Manchester, UK)
A crystal clear stream of cutting lines as sharp as a brand-new Swiss knife. It’s The Moods‘ towering take on the bombastic American National Anthem. They rock, roar and rage. The Moods kick ass! Go home Donald Duck Trumpet!

13. Psychopath’s Monologue by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
A 2020 Apocalypse Now Odyssey. It all starts enigmatically with Samara reciting her Dante’s Inferno inspired poem in a haunting foreplay tone until Manimal shows up and all metallic hell breaks loose. Learn more about this year’s most intriguing act in their interview with Turn Up The Volume right here.

14. ‘Paycheck’ by LEG PUPPY
A dizzy disco-ball drone making you jump up and down like a kangaroo on E. It goes bang, bang, bang, and bang with crazy duet vocals all over it and that psych-o-delic surf guitar riff that messes up your mind the way you like it. Dance floor blast. PAY THEM!

15. ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ by bdrmm (Hull, UK)
Delightful shoegaze rainbow. Like a nightingale symphony waking you up in the morning. From – yes, ladies and gents – the best debut LP of the year with Bedroom.

16. ‘Out Of The Shadows’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
From the stimulating intro on you’ll tap your feet, without even noticing it. This is the wake-up-call I want to hear when I can’t get out of my bed in the morning. You simply can’t resist this shot of adrenaline. This is what elevating pop is all about.


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17. ‘Man Of Chaos’ by FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Nashville, US)
A feverish cracker and jaw-dropping power slam. The sensual, magnetic, and spellbinding vocals create a sort of delirious trance. And when, unexpectedly, bouncy strings kick in as a harbinger for a vibrant finish you’ll reach a sonic orgasm.

18. ‘Rainbow Records’ by OCEANOGRAPHY (Oakland, CA)
Glorious guitar pop stonker getting your aural attention from the get-go with a repetitive riff sticking immediately. Inflammable passion, scintillating ardency, and vehement fervor. Big tune, big sentiments and a big voice reminding me of Greg Dulli‘s imposing vocals at times.


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19. ‘Maggot Line’ by THE BATTERY FARM (Manchester, UK)
“We all gonna die and it’s our fault.” This is not just a punk slogan. It’s the fucking truth. Middle-finger to all those buffoons who ignore global warming, corona and The Battery Farm. NO MERCY!

20. ‘No Rock Save In Roll’ by CORNERSHOP (UK)
A rattling Stones-esque garage rocker with an unstoppable groove that makes you
want to jump in the street and have a sweet little dance (with mouth mask on).

All together on Spotify

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Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For September 2020

This past month’s best…

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A swirling fusion of rhapsodic rippers and cool crackerjacks,
that activated my bloodstream and my limbs this past month!
Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for September!

‘Under The Spell Of Joy’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, US)
L.A.’s garage devils surprise with this gospel stunner. Polyphonic choir, booming beats, crazed sax, towering tune, and a mental finale. The title track from their fourth album coming your way this Friday, October 2. Can’t wait!

‘So What’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Post-punk mavericks strike again. This new cut is more infectious than that horrible coronavirus, deeper carving than a Swiss knife, 103 seconds of high-energy swagger.
New EP in November via Fierce Panda.


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‘The Rise And Fall Of America’ by THE MOODS (England)
It’s this British collective’s towering take on the bombastic American National Anthem with razor-sharp lines and an addictive chant. They rock, roar and rage. Enough is enough! Play this on repeat until the elections in November. Make America, America again. It’s not too late! Vote that orange out!

‘American Dream’ by TOKYO TABOO (England)
‘Dumb Trump’ is the loud and clear message. These high-voltage noiseniks squeeze that orange idiot into pulp in 4 minutes and visualize their disgust with both a hilarious and frightening video clip. About time this buffoon gets kicked out of the White House!

‘Leon The Pig Farmer’ by CABBAGE (England)
These post-punk gunslingers describe their racket as Apocalyptic Sprautrock. Sounds
totally 2020 to my ears. This new amazeballs brain-breaker races like a hot rod on
the run without slowing down for a second. Bang-up stonker!

‘Psychopath’s Monologue’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (It/Sing)
A soundtrack for an unmade David Lynch movie. Chemical bros beats, Leftfield bangs, industrial uppercuts and a nightmarish spoken-word sermon all over it. Sonic paranoia
for a baffled world in an ongoing virus crisis. Doomsday is just around the corner.

‘Tokyo Music Experience’ by RATS ON RAFTS (The Netherlands)
An electrical punch-sucker driven by hyperkinetic guitars, manic vocals, and a relentless beat sounding like legendary weirdos Devo are back with some fervent firepower. Expect to be totally puzzled after just one spin. You can get satisfaction here, folks!

‘Land Based Antics’ by STRUGGLES WITH SYNTAX (London)
A rage-against-the-machine motherrocker, a smash and clash crossover stormer, a
nasty rap brain-breaker, a brutal thwack challenging you to bang your head against
the wall while pulling your hair out. A volcanic spit and sneer eruption.

‘Moment In The Sun’ by SUNFLOWER BEAN (Brooklyn/NY)
Perfect pop play! Catchy as hell, totally uplifting and mood-boosting. Funky and groovy.
An earworm to listen to in your bath, in your car, at work, in the pub, and in your bed.

‘Truth II’ by BEND SINISTER (Vancouver, British Columbia)
A rambling, rumbling, rollicking and roaring ripsnorter with a scream along on the top of your lungs chorus demanding the truth. C’mon Bully Trump and Boris the Clown, stop
lying 24/7, you twin idiots.

‘7 Seconds’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, England)
Earlier this year this amazing Dana Margolin fronted band released their contender-for-best-album-of-the-year tour de force Every Bad, they shine again on this brand new melodic humdinger.

‘Docker Martins’ by ARCO ARENA (Ireland)
A riff-loaded crackerjack that triggers your Saturday nightmare fever moves. Funky as
fuck and sickly sticky from start to finish. A kick-ass hammer sharp as a serrated knife challenging you to fight for your right to be the last man standing. Yeahhh!

‘Serotonin‘ by VIOLENT VICKIE (Long Beach, CA)
Put your Goth outfit, dim the lights, and trip on this pitch-black synthscape with
Vickie wildly yearning for lost love and lust. You’ll get goosebumps when listening
to this petrifying cry out on your headphones. Time to kick your evil demons out
of your bedroom!

‘We Are Chaos’ by MARILYN MANSON (Ohio, US)
Yes, the self-proclaimed ‘God of Fuck’ still walks the planet. No, he didn’t move yet
to his real home in hell. And the title track is a massive sing-along pop (yes, ‘pop’)
anthem celebrating what we became: CHAOS in these surreal virus times.

‘Cotton Fish (A Dream)’ by JAY CRAFTON (Toronto, Canada)
Don’t really know much about this Canadian musician and record producer just that his new (instrumental) single is a spellbinding guitar-driven jam with a relaxing effect on my mindset. Pretty special. Pretty dreamy.


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All together now on Spotify…

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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The Divided States Of The Stars And Stripes – Listen To ‘THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’ by THE MOODS

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

4 September 2020

THE MOODS are a 9-piece collective of producers, awesome street
poets, and energetic musicians from the Northwest of England combining
drum & bass, reggae, hip-hop and EDM.

Their new rap ripper THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA is a rolling rant about
the divided states of the stars and stripes, about guns ruling the streets, about
that 24/7 bully in the White House who only wants himself to be great again and
looks the other way when black people are killed by merciless police cowboys.

A crystal clear stream of cutting lines as sharp as a brand-new Swiss knife.
It’s The Moods‘ towering take on the bombastic American National Anthem. They
rock, roar and rage. Enough is enough! Play this on repeat until the elections in
November. Make America, America again. It’s not too late!

The rise and fall of America
A bullet spangled banner on the grave
The land of the bullets and the guns
The land of the crazed

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