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TIME: 21:30-22:00


As I sit on the wooden floor of my apartment, ‘Never Be Scared, Don’t Be A Hero’ roars through the room. Within minutes I’m in some sort of trance with the help of Moss’s second album. Phone calls go by unanswered, dinner gets cold, drinks remain untouched.

It all started in the confinement of an English farm on the outskirts of London. Inspiration came in many forms. A live show by the Brian Jonestown Massacre set the tone. A conversation in a pub with a man who insures satellites for a living was food for thought. The energy and vibrancy of the streets of London filled their heads and Phoenix played constantly on the car stereo to and from the studio sessions. Back home some credit has to be given to the old bomb shelter in Amsterdam, where they set to work moulding this collection of ideas into an intense, dark and driven sound.

‘We’ll go through several changes, all going on in our minds’, Marien Dorleijn sings in the song ‘The Brick Moon’. Moss have indeed changed, not only in their minds. While debut ‘The Long Way Back’ was an album of almost old-fashionedly good songwritership, with pure, delicate pieces of music; with their follow-up album the band has succeeded in transmitting a new found level of emotion into their songs. It’s louder, more dangerous and fast, like a lumberjack chopping wood to be done by dawn, but still working very precise. Dorleijn’s characteristic voice has been optimised in the mix, which suits the songs wonderfully.

This darker and more intense feeling will obviously have to work it’s way through to their live shows, that from now on can be a dynamic whole, with songs from both albums and the contrast between the two. With the addition of new guitarist Michiel Stam they aim to recreate the full sound of the albums on stage.

After supporting the likes of Bettie Serveert, Johan, Alamo Race Track, The Magic Numbers and Razorlight, the band seems more than ready to stand on their own two feet and to conquer hearts and blow minds.

Don’t be scared, Moss is here to stay.

Matthijs van der Ven July 2009



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