Jessica Marlowe news: mooz archive & music map launch

mooz B&W by Ian Nichols web
mooz are: Amy Jarlett (drums & backing vocals), Jessica Marlowe (vocals & electric guitar), Paula James (cello, bass, electric guitar & backing vocals), Rasha Shaheen (bass, electric guitar & backing vocals).

Jessica Marlowe and her bandmates from her previous project mooz (1997 -2004) are re-releasing their two albums. mooz came to the attention of music lovers and critics through their intense live performances and experimental song writing. They were invited to play at events such as Ladyfest, Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe where they were able to attract a wider following.

The band has been features as part of a Bristol based event and app called ‘Everything is Music’, which launches on 23 April 2021. The band will be releasing their archive on the same day. For more info, please read on.

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Jessica explains about the mooz reissues:

We created 2 albums and have recently come together to archive the journey as we had no online presence and the music was no longer available for an audience. We wanted visibility and a document of our music and experiences as female artists.”

The albums will be embedded in a website that serves as an archive, as well as a resource for younger musicians:

“We are in the middle of creating a website that will document stories from our time in the Bristol scene with a hope that there might be a bigger purpose to help young bands particularly female bands, learn from our experience and understand the similarities and differences between the music industry then and now.”

About Everything Is Music, which is part of a UK initiative on creative digital placemaking, she says:

“Everything is Music will bring together the most important people and stories in Bristol’s musical history through an interactive map that will launch on 23 April this year. Audiences will have to go to specific, relevant locations to find stories and music that links to that place and access the content via their mobile. We are currently looking at placing over 200 pins across the city in order to make the hunt as rich and varied as possible. These pins will form the jigsaw of Bristol’s musical history. We hope this project is going to be a huge cultural event for the city and will be the first of its kind in the UK, we’re also hoping it will provide some much-needed musical adventure in the absence of live events.

We will post an update once the EIM project and the mooz website are live. For now, you can listen to the mooz albums through the bandcamp links below.

Here is what music journalist Everett True said about their posthumous second album:

“You stupid bastards. You all went out and bought Radio 4 and Interpol records when you could’ve been succumbing to the sweet grooves of Bristol’s Mooz: atonal punk rock and the rhythmic splendor of ESG; four girls who understood that silence is a rhythm too. They started up sweet and ended up brilliantly sullen and abrasive; their dissonant disaffection and jazz-tainted refrains couldn’t have been further away from the populist cheerleader-ism of Yeah Yeah Yeahs if they tried. Strings got scraped. Voices got raised. Atmosphere got ladled. Mooz’s second – and final – album, My Property (Blood Red Sounds) was recorded in one afternoon as a CDR to flog at their final gig, and is a more brilliant documentation of the Careless Talk Cost’s Lives aesthetic than anything this side of Young People or Erase Errata (although Gullick would hate it). It features the layered harmonies and deep sarcasm of ‘Girl Watcher’: it has a song called PMT. There are bonus live tracks. Fingers are running down fretboards. Jeez! What more do you want? I’d place Mooz next to three, great unheralded bands from the early Eighties – The Transmitters, polital girl duo Toxic Shock and The Leopards (‘Strange Rhythmical Music’) – and say this once more for all those who weren’t paying attention and think Help She Can’t Swim provide a challenge: you stupid bastards. How could you let this go unnoticed? You fuckers.”

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Call for submissions: Children’s electro compilation and/or music making instructions

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Viva Vinyl & Happy Holidays!

The new Viva Sherry album ‘Silenzio’ is now available on vinyl! We’re shipping until Wednesday 18 December, and then again from Monday 30 December. If you are located in or near Japan, you can also order directly from the band. Wishing everyone happy holidays and lots of new year dancing! x

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New release: “Silenzio” by Viva Sherry / ビバ シェリー

Viva Sherry’s new album ‘Silenzio’ is coming out as a digital album on 30 October 2019. The vinyl album with artwork by Jo Fisher Roberts is out for pre-order and will be shipped in December. You can listen to the album and order it in both formats here.

For this album, Sato and Himeco have gone all out – including spacey jazz jams and bursts of orchestral arrangements. If you enjoy melodic pop with trippy grooves and many surprising moments, this one is for you! x

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2019 Releases


Artwork by Vicky Scott

now are currently promoting their latest release Gold Star Lavender Marriage. After supporting Stereolab in Brighton this June, now have landed on MIR to play with Oslo-based band Masselys (DJ support from Alli Meir and Barry Kavanagh). See them on 23rd August 2019, Markveien 61, Oslo, 8pm – 1am.

Viva Sherry‘s new release ‘Silenzio’ has been mastered and is going to the pressing plant soon. Album artwork by Jo Fisher Roberts.

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“Tick this Box” by Off Chance (Rosie Okae & Ffion Aynsley)

Off Chance, the theatre company comprised of Rosie Okae and Ffinon Aynsley, is showcasing their work ‘Tick this Box’ at Lion House in Holborn (London) this Friday and next Monday.

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Can you change who you are?

Created by Off Chance using the Welsh folk song Hen Ferchetan as its inspiration, soundscape and framework, Tick this Box is an interactive theatre installation that explores the ways in which our identity is formed by our own perception of ourselves and by how other people see us.

Work-in-Progress showings on:
Friday 14th December at 7pm and at 8.30pm
Monday 17th December at 7pm and at 8.30pm

at Lion House, 72-75 Red Lion Street, Holborn, WC1R 4NA
(5 minutes walk from Holborn or Chancery Lane tube stations)

Off Chance formed to create work that exists at the intersection between music and theatre, where each form feeds and underpins the other.​ Music is integral to our creative process, as a stimulus and an end in itself. We combine songs, found sounds and music made with everyday objects to create original soundtracks for each production.

Central to our company’s ethos is the inclusion of the audience throughout the process of making our work. We make theatre that experiments with the audience-performer relationship by creating work that is interactive, immersive and invites a multiplicity of interpretations.”

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Rosie Okae’s album “we know when to shout” can be bought on compact disc in themottomotto shop:

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“Obento Music” sold out in Japan; new releases & DJ mixes

Viva Sherry’s record “Obento Music” has sold out in Japan. We only have one box left at the mottoHQ, too, so grab a copy at your bandcamp shop (or actual shops such as Sister Midnight in Deptford) before they are all gone. There is a possibility that the band might come over this spring/summer to present their new material live in the UK. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we have added a DJ mix section on the website where you can download or listen to mixes made by mottomotto DJs and artists. Some of these mixes are website exclusives, while others were made for radio shows or live events. We are also adding new experimental tracks to the ‘Laboratory’ section soon.

New releases: Rebecca Closure’s techno-pop album “40,000” is now out (also available at the shop!). Many thanks for the support of this album so far from Radio Rectangle, Resonance FM and WFMU.

now have just completed recording a new album, which will be out next spring. We are also in negotiations about three other releases for 2019/20, so stay tuned for those, too!

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…and out! Rebecca Closure “40,000” available for pre-order

You can now check out and pre-order Rebecca Closure’s EP “40,000” in our bandcamp shop. Shipping out from 15 June 2018 onwards!

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Sneak preview: “40,000” by Rebecca Closure

…and out!!! It’s here, it’s beautiful, and we’re soon taking pre-orders! 12 inches of cool electronic dance music by London’s resident superhero… Check out the art work by David Roach and Chris Weston (2000 AD, Dr Who)! x

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Viva Sherry in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM Top 10

Viva Sherry are in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM Top 10! And with some nice company.. You can read a little write up about it here. The band are currently working on new material and also on their side projects, such as a Christmas Eve performance with the supergroup orchestra A Hundred Birds.

As a special seasonal treat, here is a video of Viva Sherry doing a Cibo Matto cover!

 

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