Al Moses

Musicians — South Wales

Name, where are you from?
We’re Al Moses, a rock n roll band of 19/20-year-olds from South Wales.

Describe your style in three words?
Docs and darks.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It’s a hard one, but I’d probably go with the libertines at the Motorpoint Cardiff a few years back. It was the first gig Jack an I went to together and it was just after they’d reformed. All in all just an insane, chaotic gig.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Would love to be on the same bill as Super Furries. Gruff Rhys is a bit odd and it would be fun to pick his brains backstage. Would also love to play with Primal Scream. We all love Bobby Gillespie, he’s cool personified.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
I think growing up through this day an age, you’re dragged through most subcultures and styles and you discover your own style along the way. In terms of music; we’ve got bits of punk, bits of mod and a lot more crammed in. It’s all a bit all over the place nowadays.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?

Richey Edwards from the Manics. It would be surreal to get an insight into some of his darkest lyrics.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
We played Cardiff’s students union with The Sherlock’s and Trampolene recently, massive gig, had a big crowd, and we were treated like royalty... we also did our headline at Clwb Ifor Bach recently to hundreds and that was a great, great feeling.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Nick Drake. He’s obviously held to greater acclaim now than he was when he was alive, but his writing influence on our band is undeniable. If you strip back some of our tunes you can hear how the melodies move similarly.

The first track you played on repeat?
The first song I ever played on repeat was probably something from Oasis, also was very fond of Dizzee Rascal’s 'Dance Wiv Me' but that’s another story...

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Glass In The Park' by Alex Turner.

One record you would keep forever?
Would very much keep 'Soul Love' by David Bowie! Or 'Anemone' by Brian Jonestown Massacre.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"Don't worry, I’m sure that you’re still breaking hearts
with the efficiency that only youth can harness."

'Love Is A Laserquest' by Arctic Monkeys.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Pongo' by Bandicoot.

A song you wished you had written?
I wish I had written 'I’m Alive' by Johnny Thunder. Very cool, very trendy, very rich.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Colossus' by Idles.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
It’s a hard one, I mean people would be surprised if we liked Paul McCartney’s new songs... but we don’t. I’ll have to go with 'Only You' by The Platters, very strange.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'La Belle Et La Bete' by Babyshambles or any Mac DeMarco songs if you’re trying to sleep.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Fontaines DC
Boy Azooga
The Blinders
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Bandicoot

Name, where are you from?
We’re Al Moses, a rock n roll band of 19/20-year-olds from South Wales.

Describe your style in three words?
Docs and darks.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It’s a hard one, but I’d probably go with the libertines at the Motorpoint Cardiff a few years back. It was the first gig Jack an I went to together and it was just after they’d reformed. All in all just an insane, chaotic gig.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Would love to be on the same bill as Super Furries. Gruff Rhys is a bit odd and it would be fun to pick his brains backstage. Would also love to play with Primal Scream. We all love Bobby Gillespie, he’s cool personified.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
I think growing up through this day an age, you’re dragged through most subcultures and styles and you discover your own style along the way. In terms of music; we’ve got bits of punk, bits of mod and a lot more crammed in. It’s all a bit all over the place nowadays.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?

Richey Edwards from the Manics. It would be surreal to get an insight into some of his darkest lyrics.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
We played Cardiff’s students union with The Sherlock’s and Trampolene recently, massive gig, had a big crowd, and we were treated like royalty... we also did our headline at Clwb Ifor Bach recently to hundreds and that was a great, great feeling.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Nick Drake. He’s obviously held to greater acclaim now than he was when he was alive, but his writing influence on our band is undeniable. If you strip back some of our tunes you can hear how the melodies move similarly.

The first track you played on repeat?
The first song I ever played on repeat was probably something from Oasis, also was very fond of Dizzee Rascal’s 'Dance Wiv Me' but that’s another story...

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Glass In The Park' by Alex Turner.

One record you would keep forever?
Would very much keep 'Soul Love' by David Bowie! Or 'Anemone' by Brian Jonestown Massacre.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"Don't worry, I’m sure that you’re still breaking hearts
with the efficiency that only youth can harness."

'Love Is A Laserquest' by Arctic Monkeys.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Pongo' by Bandicoot.

A song you wished you had written?
I wish I had written 'I’m Alive' by Johnny Thunder. Very cool, very trendy, very rich.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Colossus' by Idles.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
It’s a hard one, I mean people would be surprised if we liked Paul McCartney’s new songs... but we don’t. I’ll have to go with 'Only You' by The Platters, very strange.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'La Belle Et La Bete' by Babyshambles or any Mac DeMarco songs if you’re trying to sleep.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Fontaines DC
Boy Azooga
The Blinders
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Bandicoot

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