The MOODS take the fundamental
pop dynamic, strongly influenced by the British Invasion of the 1960s, and
layer in a variety of instruments, bringing their sound to a more
symphonic level. Imagine a cross between the upbeat New Pornographers
and a pop-driven version of Belle & Sebastian with a hint of a
modernized Buddy Holly. Their songs delve into the deep waters of
incisive political and social commentary, and resurface to universal
themes of love and heartache.
Frontman Jay Africa sets the foundation with his rhythm guitar
lines, adding Brian Johnson on second guitar in counterpoint.
Eric Carter on rocksteady bass and Mark Adams on drums create
the backbone of the band. Playful piano lines by Heidi Wienckowski
add movement and complexity, while the electronic facet of Erin Africa
on synth creates a modern texture. Five-part vocal harmonies complete the
richness that defines The MOODS.
This richness earned The MOODS the award of Outstanding New Band at
the 2007 Rock City News Awards. Adding to the accolade that night,
singer/songwriter Jay Africa was also awarded Outstanding Songwriter of
2007. They have played such illustrious Los Angeles venues as the
Viper Room, the Plush Lounge at the Key Club, the Foundation Room at the
House of Blues, Club Fais Do-Do, and Good Hurt Night Club.
Having released HAVE YOUR DAY,
their self-produced debut LP (June 2008), The MOODS are looking forward to
reaching new audiences with their hand-clapping, finger-snapping,
toe-tapping brand of pop!