Ask The Mood Kings to describe their music. After some rumination, their answer: throw the entire rock catalog from the late 60s through late 80s in a 9x11 pan, add generous helpings of Dylan, Waits, and Petty. Bake at NIN degrees for 45 min. Take out, top off with Sly and Prince. Cut into Andre the Giant portions. Garnish with Springsteen. Pairs nicely with a Sanford and Son marathon. Also good reheated.
If a music writer was to offer up a perfect tagline to describe the music of The Mood Kings, it would go something like: “an appealing blend of the Americana roots-rock sound with strong melodic sensibilities”.
Their debut album “The Wonder of It All” was released in 2018 to much hoopla and rejoicing. The journey of over 30 years of life and music together for Mark Schwarze (drums), Herman Ospina (guitar/vocals) and Joey Townsend (bass/vocals) naturally led to songs that tell the stories of regret, purpose, resilience, and hope. It’s the kind of album you want on road trips where you throw the map out the window and simply enjoy the drive - letting the road rise with the next song. It makes you take the long way home to see where the music goes next. At the next turn, you’ll find quiet reflection with songs like "This American Life" or “Texarkana” and exhuberent energy with the hooky rhythm of songs like "Loretta" and “Last Wishes”.
Currently the band has settled into releasing new music purposefully and consistently through singles and videos that provide a fresh take on where the band is musically at any moment in time. Working as a trio in the writing and recording process, the band fills out their unique sound with additional musicians in the live arena. Eschewing traditional labels of their music, they have also made conscious efforts to play small theatres, festivals, and performing arts venues that attract fans that come for the music. “We are interested in our audience, and we want them to be interested in us”, says Schwarze. “Our hope is that we make connections with our music.”
For more information, visit www.themoodkings.com.