“Dublin heavy-psych warriors Mother Mooch have been kicking up dust for a few years now, perfecting a desert blues that oozes ominously from the speakers… From the soulful vocals of singer Chloë, to the classic hard rock riffing, shoegaze-y soundscapes and thundering drumming – Mother Mooch create a massive racket that’s all their own.”
- Hot Press Magazine (IRL): Introducing Mother Mooch, 30th Nov 2015
"Psychedelic Doom Grunge"
Mother Mooch are a Psychedelic Doom Grunge band from Dublin, Ireland. Their name derives from a misheard lyric in Black Sabbath's Symptom of The Universe.
After spending several years honing their lineup, sound and live show, Mother Mooch shifted gears in 2015 taking their first steps into Ireland’s festival scene with performances at Canalaphonic, KnockanStockan and Electric Picnic in addition to supporting Kyuss/QotSA legend Nick Oliveri for the second time and playing to an ever increasing audience at their self-promoted Dublin shows.
“Voodoo Lounge was still ringing from support band Mother Mooch, an appropriately chosen act with a clear Black Sabbath and Kyuss influence on display, who drenched the venue in doom laden riffs and monumental feedback... wonderfully noisy” (Bernard O’Rourke – GoldenPlec, IRL).
"Taking elements of grunge, mixing them with a heavy 70s rock influence and a side of turn of the century stoner rock, this five piece from Dublin could be creating something entirely new. With a laid back vocal style from lead singer, Chloë Ní Dhúada, akin to acts like mid 90s’ L7 and riffs that could fit perfectly amidst a DEEP PURPLE record, MOTHER MOOCH were thundering through experimental lands where other bands wouldn’t dare to tread. Integrating some flange and other guitar effects during the band’s ballads added a phenomenal psychedelic twist to their sound."
- Irish Metal Archive (IRL)
Their debut EP “Preludes”, released in March 2015, began attracting fans from around the globe and brought them to the attention of national and international music media, with the song 'Into The Water' being selected for inclusion on Doomed & Stoned.com's "The Enchanter's Ball" compilation focussing on female fronted rock and metal bands from around the world.
Their fully self produced debut album “Nocturnes” was released on Friday 13th November 2015 and received glowing reviews at home in Ireland and throughout the international heavy underground. Songs from the album have featured on radio stations, websites, blogs, podcasts and youtube channels throughout Ireland, Europe and the US.
“A full spectrum of heavy music – from psychedelia to doom to grunge – wrapped up in one beautiful package.” (Paul Rote - Doomed & Stoned, US).
In March 2016, songs from "Nocturnes" were included on two compilation albums: "Misery Hill" on Irish Metal Archives 5th Anniversary Album, showcasing Irish talent across the rock and metal spectrum, and "Hive Mind" on Hard Rock Revolution Vol II, showcasing underground Stoner/Doom/Psych bands from all corners of the world.
Their darkly cinematic "Hive Mind" official video, filmed on location in Donadea Forest, Kildare, was released in June 2016 and featured on Irish and international websites such as IMRO and GoldenPlec (IRL), Doomed & Stoned, The Obelisk (US), More Fuzz (FR), Stoner HiVe (NL) and Downtuned (GR).
"Mother Mooch have a touch of the ethereal to them, but “Hive Mind” shows by and large a darker vibe, partly indebted to progressive metal and slowed-down post-grunge."
The Obelisk (US)
Taking a break from gigging in the first half of 2016 due to the arrival of Farl's first child, Mother Mooch embarked on a series of shows across Ireland in September, playing with an inspired selection of Ireland's emerging Stoner/Doom/Sludge/Psych talent. First heading across the border into Northern Ireland with local newcomers Elder Druid and Korvid, before teaming up with Bloodstock Metal to the Masses Ireland 2016 winners Ten Ton Slug for shows in Cork and Galway with Partholón, Between The Lines and Tension Head. Then on to the Mother Fuzzers Ball Stage at Canalaphonic 2016 where Mooch, Slug and Elder Druid played alongside Ealadha, The Magnapinna and Two Tales of Woe over two nights in Whelan's.
Mother Mooch released a vinyl edition of “Nocturnes” through independent German Psych/Stoner Rock label Krauted Mind Records in October 2016.
On November 5th, "Hive Mind" won the Dublin Underground Cinema Best Music Video Award 2016.
Chloë Ní Dhúada - Vocals
Sid Daly - Guitar and vocals
Farl - Guitar
Léon Ó'Gríofa - Bass
Danni Nolan - Drums
"‘Nocturnes’ is an astounding album from a band that have the potential to conquer the world."
- The Sludgelord (UK)
“The music flows seamlessly through grungy Alice In Chains style vocals, up-beat Venom-esque tempos and groovy psychedelic solos… A full spectrum of heavy music – from psychedelia to doom to grunge – wrapped up in one beautiful package.”
- Doomed & Stoned (US)
"Behind the relatively simple song structure there’s a concentrated effort of arrangement and technique, and behind the forceful vocal delivery there’s a dedication to honest storytelling. This may be, in fact, why ‘Nocturnes’ manages so successfully to conjure up such a melancholy, introspective atmosphere across its eight tracks."
- GoldenPlec (IRL)
"I am impressed by it's freshness and the vocal performance by Chloë Ní Dhúada, a real distinctive trait on a never boring and very intriguing sound carpet.. Have a listen [to] "L.H.O.O.Q." or to "Sinners" to understand the heavy-psych potential of this great new band."
- Vincebus Eruptum (ITA)
"Another fine debut from a band of the heavy underground global scene... Beside the musicianship, which is quite impressive, you’ll hear one of the best female vocal performances of the last year."
- More Fuzz (FR)
"[A] wonderful and weird sounding mix of Psych, Desert Rock, Blues, Grunge and Stoner Rock given a trippy modern makeover."
- Outlaws of the Sun (UK)
"It is the group effort that makes Mother Mooch who they are. I believe their strong suit is serving the song like many of their 90's elders did."
- Stoner HiVe (NL)
"This is a diverse and dramatic debut by Mother Mooch that has a lot to offer. They’ve taken samples of punk, shoegaze, psychedelic, alternative and mainstream rock and fused them all together to forge a sound that’s simultaneously singular and familiar. The outcome is a melodic and multifaceted album that will appeal to a wide array of listeners."
- Pure M (IRL)
"Some of you may have caught on to the band earlier this year with their killer 3-song sampler release "Preludes".... the full-length has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. The band has a "classic rock" sound that blends many different styles from heavy psych to 90's grunge. That artwork is astonishing!"
- Heavy Planet (US)
"Songs range from the hard rock of ‘This Tempest’ to their punk/noise rock influenced cover of ‘Out On The Western Plain’, to the grunge ballad ‘Into The Water’ which would have fit perfectly on the Singles Soundtrack."
- Overblown (IRL)
"Amazing 90s worship"
- Metal Ireland (IRL)