Where is my life
I want to dance for joy
Be happy all the time
You really have to bring on the infectious hooks to sell a chorus such as this, but MOSES, the young UK upstarts that have been compared to “very early Blur, except, maybe even better” (thanks Mojo!) rise easily to this task.
“Joy”. Now there’s a concept. Naming a song such in 2019, especially a 2019 England, feels deliciously against the grain. Subversive, even. A blast of mad for it optimist rock piped in from the dewy heyday of Brit Poptivism. This could be off the first Kula Shaker album, and that’s not a bad thing in any way.
Born and raised in The Smoke, MOSES certainly have that tricky Albion mythology nailed down right. In the video, bright colors pop against grey scotch mist skies. Much like spiritual uncles The Verve, we have lanky lads strutting crowded, ancient streets with nowhere to go but a sense of importance in their steps, a mission, and the lead singer sports many brightly hued shirts, including a sporty daffodil yellow garment, as he jumps and weaves through the scowling masses. Part jester, part conjurer.
“Don’t complain everyday. All the emperors are awaiting on your thoughts” Advice to cling to for sure. “Joy” has all the makings of a thing that has become exceptionally rare in the stiflingly bland and shrugging indie realm of modern times: a rock anthem. This isn’t to say MOSES is completely out of step with the times, as shitty as those may be. They understand, for example, that the “three cats per video” law is firmly in effect if your band wants to get anywhere these days.
These guys are rightfully picking up a good deal of ink in a UK press that, preciously, still takes their rock music very seriously. And if “Joy” is anything to go by, they fully deserve the praise and attention. Blissfully strident, unrepentantly bright sounding, and escapist in the best way possible, this could very well be your new favorite band.
Tina Romano & Daniel Falatko