#FuturePicks – Al Moses; “Growing by the minute in popularity, increasing second by second, it’s been a great year for them!” said Janice Long of BBC Radio Wales. It’s not surprising if the impressive, punchy rock’n’roll show hit The Brighton Mix Up recently, is anything to go by. Their new single, ‘Taxidermy’, was produced by Steffan Pringle (ESTRONS, Himalayas), mastered by Charlie Francis (REM etc.) and sounds like a genuine hit.
“… I barely pay attention to my benign big mouth I’d swallow every sentence if I could spit it out … “ Inspired by guitar bands, before the tide started turning to it being cool, The young South Wales quartet are very NOW, and next, with ‘Taxidermy’. They’re a canny lot. “It’s a wild and ferocious take on the insecurity of being in a band. It’s always a favourite in our set and the chorus is the easiest thing to pick up for crowds” says singer/guitarist Jack.
‘Taxidermy’ is the band’s follow up to their debut, ‘I Want More’ which sprang out like the angst-rock, harmonic drenched offspring of Manic Street Preachers and The Kinks. With increasing interest, national and international radio play already, it looks like Al Moses will definitely be getting more. They straddle confident ambition and reality without killing it with over cockiness, makes ya wanna find out more…
TheZineUK : We’re interviewing after you will have played Isle Of Wight Festival, just to be able to ask – “how did your weekend go?”
A M : “Really really good. We went for the whole weekend because our weekend pass was a freebie. It was our first time having a guy drive us to and from backstage which was cool, he was called Charlie, we had a very special bond. We knew we were one of the last acts of the weekend along with Biffy Clyro and Keane, but it didn’t stop us having a bit of a party on Friday and Saturday. We were unshaven and sporting a 3 day mud tan by the time we went onstage at 9pm on Sunday, but we played well, considering. The tent was full to the back and we had a few fellow Welsh people rock up with flags and all that, was mega.”
Sounds like the band made the most of an amazing trip. Next stop a new single and more life shows;
Z – ‘Taxidermy’ – who can get stuffed? Seriously, what inspired the song?”
A M : “Ourselves, honestly. It’s a piss take at the end of the day, but that’s the irony of ‘Taxidermy’. We’re serious when we say that the song is about self-doubt and insecurity, but even when writing it we couldn’t commit to having a song so candid, so genuine. That’s why its turned out so wacky and fun, and kind of fustrated. We think it’s a big tune don’t get us wrong, but even now we find ourselves second guessing everything from the kick pattern to the cover art. That’s just what happens when you’re still figuring yourself out as a band, but we’ve given it our all and we’re proud of what we’ve created, it’s class.”
Talking of class, this is an inclusive journey…
Z – “Your Newport launch gig is a 16+ show. There needs to be more gigs that people under 18 can get into, right?”
A M : “Definitely. We have a wide range of ages at our gigs, including plenty of guys and girls who are under 18. It’s just because venues shit themselves about underage drinking and sanctions that come with it. That’s fair enough, but kids have got to have some place to go apeshit on the weekend, otherwise they’ll just be sitting stoned in a park listening to the band they wish they were seeing. We actually paid extra venue hire to make that gig in Newport 16+. It matters to us that they can come have a good time, we just won’t be buying them any VK’s!”
Ah, Newport, been to some legendary shows there…
Z – “Do you have a bucket list of some towns and cities that you would like to play? Your first Sheffield is a corker with Strange Bones and The Brookes etc”
A M : “Ye that Sheffield gig is going to be class. We’ve been told lots about Sheffield as a city and the people there, and Strange Bones played Cardiff and it looked wild. The Gas Mask thing is a bit iconic.
I think just anywhere in Scotland will be a dream. Other bands have told us to just chalk out the money to get up there and play, because like the Welsh, they’ve got some of the best crowds. Edinburgh looks like a beautiful city so we’ll say Edinburgh.”
Z – “It’s early days in the Al Moses story, but your (tight and impressive) live show and songs have got you a really decent amount of fans, interest. radio and landmark shows already. When you set out, did you have a vision for a few years down the line?
“It is early days, we are all still young too. We’re really happy with how things have gone and how quickly we have picked up fans, they are all brilliant people.
We never had a blueprint when we started out, we’ve just kind of gone with it. I suppose the original vision we had was to be cool and enormous, because we were 15 and there were girls and Alex Turner and all the rest of it. But as we’ve gigged over the last few years, it’s mattered more and more to us that we are just really fucking good. It’s pretty depressing saying you want to sell out stadiums, because it puts you in with some right shit bands. We still think we can do it, we just think it matters more to have amazing songs, because we’ve seen what some other bands can do. Write great songs, that’s the only vision we have for the next few years now”
Z – “You’ve been influenced by rock and roll, from a seminal age, when the last ten years have argued widely that guitar music is dead. are you mad or can you just not help it’s escapism from these days?”
A M : “It’s just all we’ve ever known really. It’s a shame that guitar bands are not as prominent as they used to be, but then again we don’t wish we were born 10 or 20 years before we were, no way. We’ve got some amazing and cool bands right now like Fat White Family, Fontaines DC, Wolf Alice – and we’re lucky to have them. We just get on with it. There’s no point feeling aggrieved that the Sex Pistols didn’t have to do any Instagram promotions or whatever. It’s just about the songs now ain’t it, and being interesting, not necessarily ground-breaking.”
Z – “It’s gotta help, coming from Wales. The Land Of Song really lives up to it’s name. Not just the bands but also creatives.” (KG interviews, for instance, are contributors to TheZineUK documentary)
A M : “Yeah, I don’t think we’ve ever for one moment not loved being from Wales. Like you said it’s not just the bands that are quality but its got a class creative scene in general. In terms of unsigned bands, South Wales especially has just gone mad in the last couple years. Obviously Ireland have done so well to somehow produce Fontaines DC, Just Mustard, The Murder Capital, Girl Band and more, but there’s so much music in Wales about to get heard across the UK. Bands like Red Telephone, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Perfect Body, Young Garbo, us, its really exciting to be fair. It’s a small music world in Wales too, it doesn’t take long for everyone to know everyone, it just feels like thousands of people have got your back.”
Z – “The Brighton Mix Up was part of the rise in the interdependent, unofficial and rebel party based music community happening across Britain Ireland which ourselves and many more DIY promoters are part of. Do you get good vibrations from being part of this, without the short lived restrictions of a “scene”?”
A M : “Ye, we get a great buzz from being a part of it, we didn’t really know much about it before the Brighton Mix up to be honest but now it feels really cool to have been involved in just a small way. DIY promoters are a breath of fresh air, in fact we kind of root for anything DIY, it’s such an integral side of the industry which we hope continues to grow with you guys and others.”
Aah, thank you. We hope so, too.
Z – “Musical and otherwise, what would you say your main influences are? So far, what have been some of your favourite moments of the band story, so far?”
A M : “There’s a lot of stuff we probably take inspiration from without noticing, but the obvious ones are Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, The Kinks, The Beatles and Primal Scream. We could go on. Lyrically, Alex Turner’s rhythms are a big influence on us, less so his subject matters. Lou Reed also plays a big part in the more conversational side of Jack’s lyric writing.
You would think our favourite moments would be the massive gigs we have played, but in all honesty every now and then we come off stage at a lesser gig and we just feel unreal. We literally played a first support slot for Vistas in Bristol and there was only about 100 people there, but we came off stage and we thought we had just played really well, and we felt great. We’re always waiting to play the headline gigs and the festivals, but some of the funnest gigs we have had are playing student balls or in beer gardens, they are the gigs that make you.”
Z : “Agreed. Enjoy the ride. You’ve got 2020 Vision, best wishes from TheZineUK. Thanks for the quick chat, and to round off… who’s who in the band (with a three word description of each member)?”
A M : “You’re very welcome, thanks for having us. Catch you guys soon.”
Daf Thomas (Guitar/Vocals) Mcdonalds Moustache Pins
Jack Vill (Guitar/Vocals) Big John Cube
Jarvis Morgan (Bass) Blondey Hoy Lovechild
Raychi Bryant (Drums) Deliveroo Freak Cowboy
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