Vital new four-piece rock phenomenon MoLD (Sweden) have signed to the GMR Music record label to release their outstanding debut album, ‘Horrors’, on July 26th via Plastic Head Distribution.
MoLD’s raw, melodic, irresistibly manic sonic style unequivocally reflects the blues created by the effects of cold and darkness on the human psyche during harsh northern Scandinavian winters. Along with the shared desire to play thunderous rock’n’roll, MoLD cite bands such as The Cramps, Ramones, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Muse and Clutch as major influences.
The video for the first single to be taken from the album, ‘Breaking Bones’ can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG_BaiSB2RE
MoLD first came to life, kickin’ and screamin’, when distinctive vocalist / guitarist Johan Liljeberg and guitarist Mattias Ekstig, who had originally met as teenagers, (bonded by a mutual love of heavy metal), felt the need to play music again after a few years in the wilderness. They soon enrolled talented drummer Per-Ake Lithner (P-A), (who had played with Johan in another band – The Meek – a few years earlier), before eventually finalizing the line-up when groove-master bassist Peter Lundgren came on board.
Initial writing and rehearsal sessions began in Mattias’ rehearsal room – a storage room in a hospital in Stockholm – but then the band were thrown out when the hospital needed to install new electrical switchgear in the room in 2017. MoLD began gigging around Stockholm, road testing the songs that were to become ‘Horrors’, before they found a new rehearsal studio, next to Backyard Babies’ and Europe’s rehearsal rooms.
They set up an atmospheric studio environment, borrowed several top microphones for their nightly recording sessions and began experimenting with sounds in Summer 2018. But in an attempt to sound like the late great Jimi Hendrix on speed, Johan accidentally set his Marshall Super Lead amp on fire, putting the project on hold for several weeks. Then when half the album was put down, someone higher up in the building flushed towels down the toilet, which clogged up the sewer system and flooded MoLD’s basement studio, two floors below ground, ruining all recordings. What was laid down on tape second time in late Autumn 2018, however, was much meaner, tighter and groovier, so the band took the flood as an intervention from the powers above (or below!), believing that it was meant to happen – for the good of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Renowned Swedish producer / mixer Tomas Skogsberg (The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Entombed, Tiamat etc.) took it upon himself to mix the album at his legendary Sunlight Studio, before Alan Douches (Motörhead, The Misfits, Clutch, Sufjan Stevens etc) mastered ‘Horrors’ to sonic perfection at New York’s West West Side Music.