The rise of the more emotional punk and melodic rock over recent years has certainly been an impressive one, seeing forerunners Brand New being followed by a plethora of bands taking a similar route; the return of American Football and breakthrough of La Dispute, to name but a few. Canterbury’s Moose Blood are but one of these exceptional recent success stories, who are still high on the waves of success from their debut album, ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’, and securing a headline spot on the Fresh Blood stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.
Whilst at the Midlands date of the festival in Wolverhampton, we caught up with guitarist Mark Osborne to talk about their recent UK/European tour with Man Overboard, the reception they received for their debut album, and more.
DP!: You’ve just finished a UK and European tour with Man Overboard. What was the main highlight from the tour?
Mark: Probably Zac, he was cool and he was so funny. That was my highlight. It was a lot of fun and it felt quite easy, like that was our longest tour to date. But, it was great, like it was so much fun. The shows were wicked. It was quite easy to get through, I think. And having two weeks in the UK and then Europe and then you come back to the UK, gets you feeling like you’ve come home, so I don’t know if that makes it easier as well. I think you get a bit of a different vibe when you’re in the UK, but when you’re going around Europe, you get all different reactions. We don’t expect people to come to the shows and know the songs. It’s really cool, really cool. I mean, it’s crazy.
DP!: Your debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ received an incredibly critical reception. Was this something you had originally anticipated?
M: Not at all. I mean, we literally put everything into making that album, the songwriting and bits and bobs. We booked the studio and we made it progress from these songs we hadn’t practiced into an actual album that we’re so proud of, but it was really exciting to just get it out. Not that we expected for it to go down so well. We couldn’t believe it. We’ve been so lucky that people who have said things about it, and have reviewed it, have said very nice things. It’s just something that we can respect.
DP!: What sort of challenges did you come across when you were producing the album?
M: I don’t know, ’cause we just started writing the album straight away and it pretty much all came together around the time of the release. So, we had quite a long time to write it and to get it together. I guess the last couple of weeks, before we left for shows, we wrote more and that kind of felt a little stressful that maybe this song isn’t quite ready, or that we hadn’t put enough into it.
DP!: Other than your debut release, what do you think your biggest achievements as a band are so far?
M: Being able to play like Brixton Academy, because that place is like a legendary venue and we got to play there. I don’t really know, stuff like that. It makes you aware of what you’re doing ’cause you’ve got this amazing chance. You’ve done it, but you can’t believe you’ve done it, but you have. Then you have to move ’cause you don’t sort of dwell on stuff too much. Maybe, it’s not good for you to dwell on stuff. You just wanna move on, keep doing it, and feel lucky that you’ve done it.
DP!: What can we expect to see from Moose Blood now that the album’s out?
M: Well, we’ve got a really busy summer, so we’re going for more shows in a couple of weeks, and that’s coming up so fast now. Then we come back and do Reading & Leeds, and that’s about as far as we can talk about. I mean, this was a big deal for us, and Reading & Leeds, again, that’s gonna be something. Like, we can’t believe that’s happening ’cause that’s come about just recently. So, we haven’t really planned anything else or sorted anything. We’ll get that done and enjoy those experiences, and see what comes after that.
Interview by Kieran Harris