Moose Blood have had a whirlwind of a few years: from signing to No Sleep Records in 2014, to releasing a brilliant debut album, to playing Vans Warped Tour for the first time, and most recently signing to Hopeless Records with a sophomore album underway (which just happens to be one of the most anticipated albums of 2016). One more notable achievement to be added to that list is their current UK headline tour – not only is it their biggest one to date, but they’ve completely sold out every single date.
We were fortunate enough to head down to the show at O2 Academy Islington, and while it is currently the biggest show they’ve ever done, it won’t be too long before fans are dying to see the Canterbury band at such an ‘intimate’ setting. The band clearly have some very passionate fans, and it’s evident how humbled they are by that. While Eddy Brewerton sang his heart out, oftentimes the impassioned shouts from the crowd still managed to drown him out, each time louder than the last.
Fans were also treated to a couple of new tracks – ‘Honey’, which recently premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, as well as another taster from the upcoming album Blush. At this point it seems that this band can do no wrong, with these new teasers indicating that anybody who enjoyed the debut album will probably take a liking to the new material. Contrarily, it was also nice to see the band take it all the way back to their split with Departures in 2013 with their track ‘Girl’.
It was great to see the crowd reaction to bangers like ‘Bukowski’, ‘I Hope You’re Miserable’ and ‘Boston’, but the most heartwarming moment of the entire night would definitely have to be when they played ‘Anyway’ and ‘Cherry’ back to back. Brewerton dedicated the former to his mother, and the latter; a song he claimed to be the most important he’d ever written, to his wife; both of whom were in the crowd that night. Especially during ‘Cherry’, a beautifully written ballad about his stepdaughter, the crowd singalong was absolutely overwhelming for both the audience and evidently for the band as well. It was honestly such a touching experience, that I cannot even begin to comprehend how moved you would be if the song were written about you.
Moose Blood have acquired a rather large following in the few years that they have been a band, and rightfully so. With every tour they seem to come back even better, reminding us why it is they’ve enjoyed such a fast rise. The band are set to release their brand new record Blush on August 5th and we can’t wait to see where it will take them.