Sounds | Moodring, Empty Me Out
UNFD heeft een nieuwe signing aangekondigd; het uit Orlando, Florida afkomstige Moodring. Moodring brengt een vette mix van alt-rock, shoegaze, grunge en nu-metal. Om de signing te vieren wordt de Showmetherealyou EP van de band opnieuw uitgebracht, met daarop de bonus single Empty Me Out. Een aanrader van een track, waarop invloeden van bijvoorbeeld Deftones en andere jaren '90 bands hoorbaar zijn. De bijbehorende, The Lost Boys-achtige video, is hierboven te bekijken is. Frontman Hunter Young over de band: “Moodring is not easily defined; our sound can and will change, morph and evolve, even across the course of a single song. Our identity is genre-fluid”.
Over Empty Me Out vertelt Hunter: “'Empty Me Out' is about cannibalism. The lyrics were inspired by the character Gluttony from an Anime series, 'Full Metal Alchemist', who has an insatiable hunger, I found that concept really intriguing. Musically, the track is darker too, and stems from the heavier side of Moodring, showcasing how our sound cannot be easily defined or categorised".
Forged in a furnace of experience, experimentation and existential crisis, Moodring is an entity orbiting a lone, core ambition: to create music with no ceiling.
“I grew up on the alternative bands of the 1990s,” says frontman Hunter Young; “No matter what new interests might come and go, I am forever drawn back to the classic albums of that era; they feel larger than life, not bound to a fad or trend – timeless. That’s what we aspire to with our band, to create songs that can transcend any scene.”
Between them, the members of Moodring – Young, guitarist Sean Dolich, drummer Lindy Harter and bassist Kalan Blehm – have a musical rap sheet longer than any of them care to recall. Yet, despite all this musical promiscuity, it wasn’t until May of 2019 that they finally found the vehicle that could carry forth their most authentic creative selves.
“We were searching for the sound in our heads,” says Hunter. “In modern life, we all struggle to stop, to be still; I know that there are few things that can hold my attention for very long. But when we are writing music for Moodring, we feel a different level of focus. Once we’d tapped the right vein, the sound just started to gush from us.”
Moodring’s Eureka moment came with ‘Gasoline’. A driving slab of rhythm guitars and atmospheric leads topped by moody, ethereal vocals, the song freed the dragon Hunter had been chasing. And, cage unlocked, the songs which comprise debut EP Showmetherealyouburst forth – Moodring was born.
Moodring is: Hunter Young (vocals/guitar), Sean Dolich (guitar/BV), Lindy Harter (drums) and Kalan Blehm (bass). Showmetherealyouis out now via UNFD.