When we decided to start a new magazine, we thought long and hard about the best way to introduce ourselves. Mission statements? Manifestos? Rambling paragraphs about what we stood for and how we were different? Nah. Not for us. Instead, we decided to catch up with some of our favourite bands. Not to try to group them together, or to make a new scene – just to say they’re great. That’s what Upset is about.
It’s been a special twelve months for Moose Blood. Over the past year, the Canterbury four-piece have gone from strength to strength; from releasing their long-awaited debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ to embarking upon their first ever headline tour and then some, it’s undoubtedly been a pretty exciting time to be in this band.
“It’s been great,” offers the band’s Mark Osbourne when asked about how things have been going. The band have just played their first ever sets at Slam Dunk (and packed them out for good measure) and they’re already looking ahead to their next challenge. “We’re very, very fortunate and very lucky to have done a lot of the things that we’ve done. I think we all feel very grateful that we’ve been given those chances to do those things. It’s evolved into something we never thought it would do.”
After all, it was just a few weeks after the release of their debut full-length that the band were whisked away on tour alongside Mallory Knox and Frank Iero, before they were offered up the chance to head out on their very first run of headline shows.
“We kinda like it,” Mark admits, of taking on support roles, “as intimidating as it is, being put in front of someone or an audience who don’t know you, just to see how many people you can win over. We noticed it a lot coming off the Mallory Knox tour, that people would then come to our shows just from seeing us on that tour. It is quite intimidating when you play in front of an audience that isn’t your own and don’t necessarily care who you are, but it is lovely if you can win some people over. Someone else is now listening to your music and you can’t really ask for anymore than that.”
As for their first set of headline shows… “A challenge is a good word to describe it,” he continues, on the subject of their sixteen-date run which took place back in January. “For our first headline tour, to do something of that size was awesome. We did feel like it was a challenge and we felt a bit apprehensive about it as well, because we had never done a headline tour before. That was the first time we were doing it and it was two and a half weeks around the UK, but it couldn’t have gone any better. We came off that tour feeling really grateful and had a bit of a sense of achievement that we were able to do that. We had some of the best shows we’ve ever played.”
Now, with summer well and truly in swing, the quartet have set their sights on some new territory. No longer completely content with wooing audiences across the UK with their vulnerable brand of melodic rock, they’ve decided to head across the pond to take on Warped Tour, and – unsurprisingly – it’s all a bit surreal for the group.
“It’s a dream come true,” the band’s Eddy Brewerton assures, before Mark continues. “It is a very daunting thing,” he laughs. “It’s very far away!”
“To wonder in your own country,” begins bassist Kyle Todd, “whether anyone has heard of you is one thing, but to go to another country and then to have them sing the words back is an overwhelming feeling. To be as far away as America… If anybody cares, it’s gonna be so good.”
Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett
Taken from the August issue of Upset – order a copy now.