Moscow for Pleasure
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In a world where 'band' has become a synonym for ‘bland’, Moscow For Pleasure offers something for a discerning audience who has grown tired of homogeneity and pop-by-numbers.
Their songs tip a hat to the great songwriters of the past, whilst their sound is firmly entrenched in the present, standing shoulder to shoulder with Elbow, Coldplay, Black Keys and The Decemberists. They tell folk tales, over contemporary rock sounds, with big anthemic pop choruses.
Their succinct, poignant lyrics tell stories of lost love, betrayal and the arrogance of youth lost, but with an overriding sense of optimism.
Their music will resonate with anyone who has grown up over the last 30 years.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
We listen to everything we can - before recording our last album, Overnight Sensation, we were listening to everything from System of a Down to Bruno Mars and C Lo Green; “folk” from the Decembrists, Noah, Mumford, Beth Jeans Houghton; rock from Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Tribes; dance music from Black-eyed Peas and Example; and bands like Elbow and Coldplay along the way.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
Moscow for Pleasure played back in the 1980s under the name “Moscow” (no google search in those days) forming from the ashes of a band called “The Odds”. We split up to go our separate ways in that same decade and in September 2010 were invited to support Bananarama amongst others at an outdoor “Party in the Park” gig. We said “yes”, playing some old songs with the same line-up, and then decided to write a new album called “Overnight Sensation”.
What’s your back-story?
We reckon there is a whole generation of people out there who have been abandoned by the high street – in fashion terms and by the music business – people who, ironically, hold the purse-strings in most families. We’re in that generation too and we want to spend our hard-earned on stuff that’s relevant to us. It’s okay listening to teenage love and angst and all that but it’s no longer particularly relevant to us: we want a bit more, we deserve a bit more; a bit more maturity perhaps. Anyway, we’re pretty confident that our songs bring that.
What are you working on at the moment?
We're working on a new album, under the working title of "Odds and Endings". It's a nod to the post-punk stuff we did when we were "The Odds" but still uses our current influences and thinking. We use a little bit of synth but any retro sounds go back beyond the 1980s.
What's the first song you remember hearing?
I'm the vocalist - the rest of the band members are younger than me and would answer very differently (their first exposure was probably punk). But answering for me, my sister is a little older than me and was buying all the 1960s music, Beatles, Stones, Troggs, Beach Boys etc.. The first I can remember (although I'm sure it wasn't the first I heard) was "Please Please Me"
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
I don't sing in Karaoke Bars. I was once persuaded to get up and I sang Life On Mars. It went well but I won't be doing it again.
What was the first gig you went to?
I really can't remember but it was probably someone not very cool, like Leo Sayer.
Which song do you wish you'd written?
I'm Afraid of Americans by David Bowie (and a thousand others by a thousand other bands)
Which song changed your life?
Starman. I was a young lad living in the suburbs with no idea that music or people like that existed. I bought the Ziggy album and then wanted to write and perform.
Which song would you like played at your funeral?
Never though of it really. Probably "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf. It's an amazing song with just the right sort of groove for a funeral.
What song is stuck in your head right now?
My son's band, Brosnan, recently released their single "Is This Thing On" - it's a proper ear-worm with several high-quality hooks.
What was the first Album you bought?
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. I saw Bowie and the Spiders perform Starman on Top of the Pops and had to hear more.
Which song made you want to play music?
I think it was watching my cousin playing "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young on an acoustic guitar. Later my sister bought that guitar off him for me and so it was the first song I learnt (not sure I could remember it now though).