Blood, guts and spirit.
Label: Hopeless Records
Released: 5th August 2016
Some bands emerge from the underground. Others break through. With ‘Blush’, Moose Blood are unlocking the door and strolling in. From the sunshine grin of ‘Pastel’, the band settle down with who they are.
Set amongst wide-open spaces and battling an ever-growing distance, Moose Blood manage to maintain that feeling of intimacy while going bigger and getting better. While their debut, still fantastic, had moments that sent your mind drifting to their points of influence, ‘Blush’ makes sure you’re wholly theirs for the duration.
Cutting themselves open and putting it to paper, ‘Blush’ sees Moose Blood baring all. There’s blood, guts and spirit but there’s a control to it. A confidence in exposure. From the fizzy sparseness of ‘Shimmer’ to the clenched fist of ‘Honey’, the band fit together as one. Moose Blood have played a lot of shows to get to this point and each and every one can be felt in this unity. Emo might be a gang but Moose Blood are one.
“I guess it’s time to write another one about being drunk,” start the band on ‘Sway’, self-aware but still exploring. Elsewhere, ‘Spring’ is sheer heartbreak, all lost questions and confused looks while ‘Freckle’ hammers it all home.
There’s an intensity across ‘Blush’ that’s a new look for Moose Blood. Energetic but never in a rush, every idea is developed but not over-saturated. The record shines bright but still has that rough and ready glint in the corner of its eye. The band have managed to carry forward every single reason people fell for them in the first place, yet ‘Blush’ feels new. It sparkles in the spotlight and feels warm in darkness. Despite the expansion, the changes and those choruses, ‘Blush’ is a still a Moose Blood record. They own their evolution. It’s just that this Moose Blood, comfortable and with a hint of confidence, aren’t afraid of growing up. Ali Shutler