Imagine a polar bear with tourette’s syndrome fronting the Ramones with half of Slade on guitar. (NME-Bring It On recalls their favorite Moco moment when singer Steve Jones performed while riding around the venue in a trolley)
Moco are Steve Jones on vocals, Anthony Rigby on guitar, Nick Higham on bass, and Simon Misra on drums. Moco are grimy rock n’ roll sprinkled with mental sickness. Moco are Nurse Ratchet’s worst nightmare. They deliver a dose of sleazy Texan PCP’fuelled swamp rock that leaves fans wondering what they are on and where they can get their hands on some.
Moco formed 4 years ago in Wigan, England. Word soon spread about the rock behemoths and particularly singer Steve ‘Mobile’ Jones, whose gazelle-like stage presence captivates fans. The band plays live around the U.K. consistently, treating venues like playgrounds. Audiences are left feeling confused, delirious and questioning whether Jones was raised by a pack of wolves. One gig supporting the Parkinsons lasted as long as 32 seconds. This proved to be ample time for the band to destroy the amps, the P.A., and two tables before being ejected from the venue. It wasn’t long before NME heralded them as being the ‘the most entertaining live band in Britain’. Their debut EP ‘Another Day No Dollars’ was released in October 2001 by Stuntmonkey Records. It was recorded in the Jaraff House in Wigan and produced by John Kettle. It sounded dirty, energetic and sleazy, and featured the live favorite ‘Flooky Wonderland.’ Another track ‘Where She Goes’ achieved Single of the Week in NME and won over BBC Radio 1. Selling out instantly, it screamed to number 5 at Manchester’s Picadilly Records and Rough Trade in London had to order in more copies after a week.
By this time Moco had fostered an enviable roll call of North Western England’s finest musicians as fans. The Charlatans asked them to support at the NME Carling Awards. Members of the Doves and Elbow were often found at their shows. They supported Electric 6, also big fans of the band.
Having gained recognition across England with their contagious songs and no holds barred live show, Moco released their debut album ‘Out To Go’ in the States on May 25th 2004 through independent label Pit Pony Records based in San Francisco. The album impacted college radio across the country. A first ever set of live shows in the US is set to go off in October 2004.
The UK release of ‘Out To Go’ is sceduled for Oct 4th and will be preceeded on Sept 20th by single ‘Baby When You Die’. The single has already been added to the XFM playlist and received airplay on Radio1, while the video can be seen on MTV2.