They have hardly been active for six years, yet British emo band Moose Blood is able already to look back on achievements other bands can only dream of. Three studio albums, signed to two record labels that manage among the most popular artists in the contemporary independent punk scene, chart hits and sold out festival venues. This summer, they are coming to prove to us why their success is well-deserved.
Heading from Canterbury, Moose Blood self-released their first demo, Bukowski Demo (Summer ’12), in the same month they formed. An EP and a split with post-hardcore act Departures followed the next year. It was in 2014 when the band had garnered enough attention to sign with one of the big record labels, No Sleep, to release their first album. I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time is a clash of classy emo sounds with a pop-punk twist. It makes you want to bust out those records you loved around the turn of the millennium again, give American Football, The Get Up Kids, and The Juliana Theory another spin.
According to the band members, touring made for a big influence when they started work on their second record. Having performed at the Warped Tour in 2015 and places such as the sold-out O2 Academy Islington in 2016, vocalists and guitarists Eddy Brewerton and Mark E. Osbourne came to know how it felt to be away from your loved ones for a prolonged period and subsequently dealt with it in their writing. Was I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time about spending time with family members and romantic partners, second record Blush addressed being apart from them.
Following their two-year release schedule, they put out I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore in March 2018. As the name implies, the quartet is thriving for a more mature, moodier sound this time around, yet not forgetting old motifs of love and devotion.
In Spring, Moose Blood started out on a UK tour, performing in the US after, before returning to the UK for additional solo shows and as guests on the Slam Dunk festival. Germany will be on of their first stops once they’re crossing over to the mainland: Apart from their concerts in Hamburg and Dresden, they will perform in Berlin on June 4th, at Musik & Frieden. Supporting act will be alternative act Acres, who describe their music as “sad songs for sad dudes”.