“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 Chloe, 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
Mother Mooch are a Heavy Rock band from Dublin, Ireland who play a “weird and wonderful mix of Psych, Desert Rock, Blues, Grunge and Stoner Rock given a trippy modern makeover” (Steve Howe - Oultaws of the Sun, UK). 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).
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. Their fully self produced debut album “Nocturnes” was released on Friday 13th November 2015 and has 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.
Mother Mooch are set to release a vinyl edition of “Nocturnes” through independent German Psych/Stoner Rock label Krauted Mind Records in summer 2016, with Irish, UK and European shows later in the year in support of the album to follow appearances on the Irish summer festival circuit.
The release of their darkly cinematic "Hive Mind" official video in June 2016 garnered over 3,500 views in its first week and has attracted attention from many Irish and international websites, including imro.ie and GoldenPlec.com.
"Shot in the mysterious forests of Kildare, Ireland, "Hive Mind" is a gem of a film."
Doomed & Stoned (US)
"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)
Chloë Ní Dhúada - Vocals
Sid Daly - Guitar and vocals
Farl - Guitar
Léon Ó'Gríofa - Bass
Danni Nolan - Drums
“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)
"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 (De)
"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)
"Amazing 90s worship"
- Metal Ireland (IRL)
|24 Sep 2016||21:00||Canalaphonic Festival, Rathmines||Mother Mooch at Canalaphonic|