For those readers that haven’t heard of Bad Mood could you tell us a bit about the band, your story?
The band formed in 2017 when Tom (bass) and Liam (guitar/vocals) created a project called Escobar which was a way of shedding some excess songs they had written together. The early tracks had a darker sound to what had come before. After getting positive feedback on the demos they decided to enlist the help of Shaun (guitar) and David (drums) who were well known on the Liverpool circuit as quality musicians. The band was formed, new songs written quickly and the name changed to the style of the music, Bad Mood.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
Many bands have come and gone and left so much to aspire to. To say the angst of punk bands like Gang of Four and later Blur and Pavement is true. Truly though, we all have motives for doing what we do and music just comes more naturally as a way of expression than something like sitting in bed all day.
Are there any particular albums that have stuck with you and influence your style?
In Utero is great as it’s ragged. We also like stuff like Rubber Soul and a lot of punk. Marquee Moon by Television is always being played too.
Could you tell us a bit about the writing/recording of the Reverbnation Competition winning track Insomniac?
Insomniac was written like a lot of songs, in a room on your own with an acoustic guitar and a scant chord progression. It’s about not being able to sleep which was a feature of that time, but also has references to the way people in general are neutered by work and pushed from pillar to post by distraction until the only light relief is to book on a holiday in some crummy hotel before the sequence begins again.
The recording was a fairly traditional approach – laid down drums and bass and worked from there. We always liked the breakdown in the middle – we might have put another lead piece in there but instead just used some odd harmonic chords and flange effects which add to the drama and chaos.
Insomniac features on your debut EP ‘A Victory For Propaganda’, is there a story behind the album?
It’s a snapshot of the time when we wrote those songs, so over a year really. It’s the story of that year through open eyes. It’s political in parts but without allegiance and hopefully it speaks plainly enough. It was written and recorded in Liverpool with our good friend Andy Fernihough.
What is the most interesting venue you have performed at?
We played at a festival called Rec Rock with our fellow Liverpool band, Space. We were on the main stage which was a giant barn full of hippies.
What do you think is missing from today’s music industry?
Variety, in a word. Or maybe a platform for good bands to release good music that doesn’t enslave them.
Here at Artistic Echoes we are always on the look out for new artists do you have anyone to recommend?
Takotsubo Men is a band we’ve played with and enjoy. We put them on at a fundraiser event to raise money to fight homelessness. They’re from the Liverpool area but sound more gnarly than what you usually get from the city.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
We are busy writing new stuff for an upcoming EP and booking new shows for the coming year to promote ‘A Victory for Propaganda’. We will have a new single from the album coming out too called ‘Hole in the Head’.
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