All things dark and beautiful. Nottingham 4-piece, Mowbeck have great timing with the release of the ever so evocative video for their track, Vaseline from their debut EP Talkabout. Darkly enchanting, the visuals pair perfectly with the somber yet intense lyrics and sound, taking you on a journey of self destruction and obsession. Possessive, disruptive and enticing, the piece totally takes ahold of you from the very start.
Vaseline appears quite a change in direction compared to other tracks such as Talkabout, Runaway and Ashes which obtain more of an electric and vibrant sound, nevertheless it's a gutsy and favourable move, implying there is still a lot of great stuff to come!
We spoke to Phil from Mowbeck to find out a bit more about them and their music...
How did Mowbeck form?
Andy and I knew each other from school and were playing in different local bands on the same gig scene. We met again randomly around Christmas 2014 on a night out and started discussing getting another band going as previous ventures had disbanded. It was a pretty quick process actually and started gigging in the spring of the following year.
Where does the name Mowbeck come from?
There's a river in our home town called the Mowbeck, so we thought it would be pretty cool to name it after that. It just seemed like the right thing to be called out of a list of a thousand potential names.
What was it like playing at Reading & Leeds Festival?
For me, it has been the highlight of our career so far. Having gone to Leeds fest for years before playing it, and always talking about how great it would be to play, when the chance arose we were over the moon. The crowds were huge and people were singing along to our tunes as well which made the experience all the more special.
What do you like most about performing live?
I think I just enjoy the whole process of getting on stage and winning people over. It's just a huge buzz really, you can rehearse as much as you like but there is always the chance of things going wrong, especially when the energy is high and you're going for it. At our last London show I fell in the drum kit and accidentally destroyed the stage, but it made for a great show, the unpredictable nature of live music is one that nothing els comes close to.
Did you get the chance to see many other bands whilst you were there?
Yeah we did! Got to give a shout out to Clean Cut Kid here, who we saw 3 times over the weekend, great band. We had Saturday night off so we had a few beers and watched the Chillis as well as Vant, The Wombats and Biffy.
What bands/artists are you listening to at the moment?
I'm really on a The Doors hype at the minute. They're dominating my listening. Lyrics are hugely important to me in music and they just nail it everytime. Also, really digging the new Glass Animals album, the sound design and writing is so current and different to a lot of the stuff out there at the minute.
What do you think of the Nottingham music scene?
The Notts music scene is thriving at the minute. Everyone seems to just hang around at The Bodega all the time and there's a real sense of unity in trying to get Nottingham back to a top place for new bands.
We are just getting our set together for our first headline gig at Bodega as well as writing a ton of new material to be unveiled next year. We also have some shows in London and Birmingham.
Now I will ask you to sign off with a line from your favourite song!
I push my fingers into my eyes - Slipknot
(Couldn't help myself sorry haha)
Catch Mowbeck on tour:
Nov 19 – Nottingham, Bodega (HEADLINE) Dec 21 - Birmingham, Asylum More dates to be announced soon.
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