Moderate Rebels – in session for John Kennedy – X-Posure program – Radio X London – September 17, 2021
Moderate Rebels to close out the week. Recorded live at Radio X for John Kennedy’s X-Posure program on September 17th (earlier today).
This session marks the third for the band in the space of one year – it also marks the release of their third album, in the space of one year. All that, and playing isolated sessions and gearing up for a tour at the end of this year (fingers crossed).
Bandcamp has this to say about them:
Moderate Rebels love driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz, hazy psychedelia, twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop. Their touchstones – Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys – are stamped with their own inimitable identity.
It’s in the roots of London collective Moderate Rebels to push the boundaries as much as possible. This was the case at their first gig in 2016 when they played one song, the single God Sent Us, for 30 drawn out minutes, pulling apart the mantra-esque track at its seams and smashing it back together again.
The positive response to their ambitious performance gave the group a reason to keep going. ‘It broke our own rules and took us out of anything that we thought we felt comfortable with and we liked that,’ says keyboardist and vocalist Mo Bruce. ‘We liked the idea that it felt provocative to ourselves as well as the audience.’
Following in the footsteps of music collectives like the anarchist punk group Crass, Moderate Rebels has no definitive line-up, but the current live line-up includes Kate Worthington, vocals; Emma Faulkner, vocals; Anna Jones, bass; Kevin Retoryka, guitar and vocals; Susan Milanovich, drums; Mo Bruce, keys and vocals.
For their third release the collective decided to keep up the momentum by releasing not just one album, but a 30 track, three-part album. The first of the trilogy If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right, released on 30 April, is a smorgasbord of ‘60s pop melodies, transcendental ‘80s synth pop and deadpan vocals musing on everything from secret intelligence services to the words of lying politicians.
To get familiar or to get stoked on the new release, here’s their latest session, ahead of the release of part 3 of If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right.
Get ready for the weekend.
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