“Brilliant songs you can not just listen to but thouroughly enjoy.”
Barstool Music Show, Switch Radio
“Adopting and adapting classic psychedelic rock, they marry the sound with lyrics that explore life in 2021… they’re definitely up there as one of my top discoveries this year.” – York Calling
WATCH “NINETEEN” MUSIC VIDEO
Instead of reproducing the psychedelic sound of their 2021 EP Slightseeing, or the frantic punk energy of “I Need an Exoskskeleton”, Leeds 4-piece Mood Organ once again take the road less travelled on their new single “Nineteen” by switching up their sound; something fans of the group eagerly anticipate with each new release. Blending a distinctly Gen Z songwriting and production style with influences from The Smiths, Alt-J and The Magnetic Fields, the track serves as the first single off of their upcoming second EP, scheduled for release this summer.
“Nineteen” was mostly written by guitarist Thom Sweeney while he was sick with COVID. “I started writing the song just as something to do during the hellish boredom of self isolation,” he explains. “Annoyingly, it was finished in about an hour with not much else I could do to improve it. I still have no idea how the chord sequence came about; it must have been the result of a COVID induced haze. Anyway, I sent it to the band group chat, they liked it and so here we are.”
The lyrics highlight the lighter side of being ill: boredom, and acting pathetic despite being young and healthy, something most younger people can relate to in the aftermath of the pandemic. An accompanying music video will follow the release, edited from phone videos the 4 members shot individually, melodramatically interpreting the lyrics.
The sound of British 4-piece Mood Organ is both distinctive and eclectic – with just a few songs under their belt, the Leeds-based group have maintained a signature style despite having already dabbled in psychedelic, indie, prog and blues rock whilst blending influences from punk and disco. Eccentric, tongue-in-cheek lyrics meet catchy riffs and unusual chord sequences, with each song having a matching visual both in full on YouTube and Spotify Canvas.
The band’s first EP, Slightseeing (2021), was compiled from songs written and recorded remotely throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. Featuring singles “Brain Tourist” and “Life as a Horse”, the project received a warm welcome and carved a niche for itself by “adopting and adapting classic psychedelic rock…marrying the sound with lyrics that explore life in 2021” (York Calling).
Mood Organ’s upcoming second EP (coming August 2022) doesn’t retread the same ground as before. Instead, they experiment with even more genres and unveil a more mature writing style on a couple tracks. The band once again self-produced the music, recording mainly at Loom Studio (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Calvin Harris, Stereophonics) in West Yorkshire over the course of a year.
Ev Caulfield – Lead vocals
Ollie Lough – Drums
Ben Stinson – Bass, keys
Thom Sweeney – Guitar, keys
UPCOMING TOUR DATES (contact for guest list):
29 July – Otley Social Club, Otley (with Graffiti, Men in Glass Houses & The Causals)
19 August – Lending Room, Leeds (with Terror Cult, Mince & Scum)
Mood Organ EPK [including hi-res images] available here: https://moodorganmusic.com/epk
For further information, promo CDs or to arrange an interview, contact firstname.lastname@example.org