Mother Mooch are a five-piece heavy psych band from Dublin, Ireland; "psychedelic doom-grunge" is the best description they've heard of their music to date.
“Nocturnes is the debut full-length from Dublin five-piece Mother Mooch, and in its eight tracks, they set their footing in a genre-spanning aesthetic, pulling from slow-motion grunge, weighted heavy rock, psychedelic flourish and even a bit of punk [...] That impulse, seemingly innate to their songraft, is what will allow them to continue to develop their personality as a band and is not to be understated in how pivotal it is to this first LP.”
- JJ Koczan, The Obelisk.net (US)
“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 Music Mag (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. 'Into The Water' was included on Doomed & Stoned.com's "The Enchanter's Ball" compilation focusing 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 throughout 2016 at home in Ireland and across the international underground community. Songs from the album have featured on radio stations, websites, blogs, podcasts and youtube channels throughout Ireland, Europe and the 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 websites such as IMRO and GoldenPlec (IRL), Doomed & Stoned, The Obelisk (US), More Fuzz (FR), Stoner HiVe (NL) and Downtuned (GR) as well as noted youtube channel Mr. Stonebeliever.
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 by a band that have so much potential to get recognised on a global scale. They are without a doubt one of the best bands on the Emerald Isle in the present day and this record is hard evidence to support such a claim. Their blend of psychedelia with grunge and stoner rock/doom is a highly sought after formula and Mother Mooch are keeping the secret closely guarded - and rightfully so."
- The Sludgelord (UK)
"Nocturnes is the debut full-length from Dublin five-piece Mother Mooch, and in its eight tracks, they set their footing in a genre-spanning aesthetic, pulling from slow-motion grunge, weighted heavy rock, psychedelic flourish and even a bit of punk on the shorter, upbeat “My Song 21” and “L.H.O.O.Q.” Those two tracks prove crucial departures in breaking up the proceedings and speak well of a penchant [...] toward sonic diversity. They bring a similar sensibility to the closing Lead Belly cover “Out on the Western Plain” as well, whereas cuts like opener “This Tempest,” “Into the Water” and “Misery Hill” work effectively to find a middle ground between the stylistic range at play. That impulse, seemingly innate to their songcraft, is what will allow them to continue to develop their personality as a band and is not to be understated in how pivotal it is to this first LP."
-The Obelisk (US)
“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)
"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)
“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 (NL)
"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)
"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)
"Convening at the nexus of Dublin, Palm Desert and Seattle, Éire's finest exponents of rock's most enduring properties commit to firing on all cylinders, with the Daly/Ní Dhúada axis impellent and purring like a cherished vintage engine. Fine-tuned and road-tested, the vanguard of Irish heavy rock is in assured hands."
- Bandcamp: Michæl
|25 Feb 2017||20:00||Fibber Magees, 80 Parnell Street, Dublin 1||Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland Heat 4|
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