INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Over the last couple of years, four-piece Hush Mozey – comprising of Joe T. Johnson, Josh Derrick, Jack Woolcomb, and Harry Surman – have been making an impact on the Bristol music scene with a combination of ska, punk, and garage rock the band like to call “drowzy rock n’ roll“.
Having released two positively-received EPs, ‘Tales Of Bigotry‘ and ‘Pretty Little Seance‘, headlined the O2 Academy in their home city last October, and with plenty of new music in the pipeline, Jack and Joe spoke to me recently about all this and much more.
How did the band first get together?
We were all making music in Bristol, and our paths kept crossing. One night, we ended up at a party, started talking about starting a new band, and a couple of days later, we started playing together.
How did the name Hush Mozey come about?
We were just messing around with words, and just liked the sound of those two together. There’s no mastermind behind it, it just sounds right.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
All of us listen to a really wide range of music, and are influenced by all of it, but that being said, the ones that come out most are The Clash, Pixies, and The Beatles.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
It’s a traditional songwriting process. The songs start mainly on an acoustic guitar, then when they are brought to the band, we write the rest of the parts, and flesh it out, then, we work on it as much as possible until we’re all completely happy that it’s the best it can be.
What inspires the band lyrically?
The lyrics are mainly inspired by life experiences, feelings people go through, and problems that life throws at you. Poetry is also a huge inspiration.
So far, you have brought two EPs – 2018’s ‘Tales Of Bigotry, and last year’s ‘Pretty Little Seance’. How were the responses to them, for you all personally?
Releasing the first EP was wild, and I think the release show for that was actually our first proper headline show! We played The Mother’s Ruin in Bristol, which was completely packed out, and there were people all the way up the staircase because they couldn’t all fit upstairs. That was also the first time we played with our “Trombone” John, so people went wild for that.
We had a similar experience with our second EP. We played a sold-out show at Rough Trade Bristol, which was entirely packed out, and we even had a three-piece brass section!
Both of the EPs seem to have been received really well. Both of them are quite different, and show off our range and what we’re all about. Also, people seem to really appreciate our diversity, which is great to have early on!
The band have played at the 2000 Trees festival, headlined the O2 Academy in their home city of Bristol, and recently supported Novatines. How were they all as experiences?
2000 Trees was a fun one, as we did a stripped-back acoustic session in a little wooded area quite late in the evening. It was all very chilled out, and a lot of people were sat around really taking in our music, which was really nice! Don’t get us wrong, though, we love a good rowdy festival set!
Playing the O2 Academy was a great experience, we felt at home playing on a bigger stage! Playing in Bristol, and having the crowd singing along to our songs and getting involved, is always amazing!
Starting this year off playing a sold-out show was great, we’ve started 2020 as we mean to go on!
Also, how is it overall performing live?
We love performing live. We’ve put a lot of time into getting our performances to a really great level that we’re all very proud of. Playing with our “Trombone” John is always amazing, as well, as it adds another level of energy to our songs, and allows us to create different versions of the songs for people to hear live.
We always seem to get the crowd dancing and singing along, which, for us, is the best thing we can ask for!
What are your plans for the near future?
We’re going to be a lot more active this year, and we have a lot of stuff in the pipeline right now, so expect a lot of new music coming your way, starting very soon!
And lastly, what is the band’s long-term aim?
It’s quite simple, really. We just want to be able to write and play our music all the time! We want to make lots of great music, and want lots of like-minded people to hear it!
‘PRETTY LITTLE SEANCE’ – THE SECOND EP FROM HUSH MOZEY – IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: