With hints of The National, Gang of Youths and a more introverted and quieter Springsteen, Mosa Wild flawed me with Smoke, their debut release, in 2016. That was quickly followed by some support slots with Maggie Rogers and so 2017 seemed to promise an exciting year of releases and shows from the band.
It didn’t happen.
In fact it seemed for some time that Smoke was the only output we’d ever get from Mosa Wild and they’d become one of those ‘whatever happened to….’ bands, building up 8 million streams on Spotify in the process.
Then out of the blue the wheels have been set back in motion. With a show at the Waiting Room in London confirmed as well as slots at Great Escape and Bushstock Festivals, Mosa Wild can be taken of the notice board labelled 'Missing Presumed Dead'. It was just a rather long intermission, which makes sense given that when the founding members of band got together they called themselves The Intermission Project before changing to Mosa Wild.
To fully confirm their return there is also a new song. It’s called Night and was produced by Jim Abbiss of Bombay Bicycle Club and Arctic Monkeys fame; but this time there’s the promise of more as there is an EP on its way called Talking In Circles which will be released through Glassnote.
Night is a call for support set against widescreen stage straddling indie rock guitars: “This night is long, my fire is burning out, help me be strong,” sings vocalist Jim Rubaduka and it only takes a couple of listens to confirm that it’s a potential anthem in the making. Amongst the abundance of gangs of indie boys with guitars, Mosa Wild is a cut above the rest.
Mosa Wild - Night