Artist Spotlight: Moose Blood

By Caroline Meister

Typically, when people go through a breakup, they head right for Taylor Swift. Or, if they’re more on the punk side, they go running to Mayday Parade. That’s all fine and dandy, but what about Moose Blood? Never heard of them? Fear not! After reading this article, you will know probably too much about them.

Moose Blood is a pop-punk band that was formed in 2012 in England. Currently, the band is signed to Hopeless Records (a pop-punk powerhouse). The group is comprised of Eddy Brewerton (vocals, guitar), Mark E. Osbourne (guitar), and Kyle Todd (bass). In 2017, drummer Glenn Harvey was removed from the band due to sexual assault allegations. Moose Blood has two full length albums: Blush (2016) and I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time (2014), along with the 2013 EP Moving Home. A lot of people classify Moose Blood as hardcore/emo, but I have to disagree. I really don’t think that they are very intense; Sleeping With Sirens is more intense than Moose Blood.

Moose Blood creates songs that are so powerful and relatable that I feel as if the members of the band have been keeping tabs on my life, jotting down notes and transferring those notes into their impeccably written lyrics. Perhaps the best example of this is on my personal favorite, “Knuckles.” Brewerton croons: “That thing you said, stay beautiful, even though that I know that it’s secondhand. ” How can you not just get lost in those lyrics? It sounds less like a pop punk song and more like a poem that would get posted one of those “Tweet Like A Girl” accounts and become internet famous in the span of a week.

Lyrics aside, the band is also incredibly musically talented. Brewerton has a very distinct, raspy voice that always sounds raw and stripped. When he sings, you can hear the feeling behind the words and that’s one of the reasons that the songs are so powerful. In addition, you can’t hear even the slightest use of autotune, which is refreshing. In the area of instrumentals, the guitar licks are so catchy that you’ll be tapping your foot so hard that you might just get a little sore (not speaking from experience). Overall, the instrumentation is typically subdued, allowing the lyrics to shine through.

I started this article discussing breakup songs. Moose Blood’s latest album, Blush, is a breakup anthem. Every song is one of mourning, one of despair, and one of loneliness. If you can make it through this album without crying, then I don’t trust you and we shouldn’t be friends. Some of my favorites to blast are “Knuckles,” “Honey,” and “Freckle.” Despite all the downtrodden songs, there are subtle hints of positivity in each one; you just have to want to hear them. But Blush is not the be-all and end-all with Moose Blood, since I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time has some truly incredibly songs as well. My favorites, in no particular order, are: “Bukowsi,” “Kelly Kaposwki,” and “Gum.”

If I have anything to do with it, Moose Blood will slowly become the band that people turn to after a heartbreak, because if you’re going to be sad, at least be sad with good music.