Boy Called Roy.
Wednesday March 2nd 2005 @ Retro Bar, Manchester. £4 adv/ £5 door. 7.30pm.
What has Wigan ever given to the world of music? Well, the thriving epicenter of Northern Soul, The Verve and, er, Kajagoogoo is not bad for a town of 90,000 and to this list you can add the warped gonzo rock genius of Moco. Formed four years ago, the band self-released the “Aerofine” and “And Then There Were 4” EP’s early in their career before releasing the pivotal “Another Day No Dollars” EP on Stuntmonkey records. The record sold out in one week, earning the band rave reviews, support slots with The Charlatans and was the start of American College and Alt-Rock radio interest that has given the band a sizeable cult following the other side of the pond.
When the “Where She Goes” single deservedly became Single of the Week in NME, the band translated their success to a national level, setting things up perfectly for the release of debut album “Out To Go”. Released in October last year, the album fulfills Moco’s early potential, combining old favorites like “Moco Loco” and “Flooky Wonderland” with new tracks like the recent single “Baby When You Die”. With the band being compared to the likes of The Ramones, The Doors and The Strokes and their flamboyant Stetson-wearing live performances inspiring a growing legion of fans, Moco are sure to cement their place in the Wigan Music’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
“The quality of the songs on here is excellent and the vibe is really quite original. Put this in the perspective of their live performance and you have one of the best bands around at the moment. Period. No Bull. If they do not get serious attention, we at manchestermusic.co.uk, will eat the lead singers hat.” Jon Ashley- manchestermusic.co.uk
“Wigan’s Moco sound like a pile up involving The Zutons, The Strokes and Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. Inventive, energised and with a spark of something pretty special. Single number three finds the possibly unhinged Steve Jones singing in an accent worthy of Lux Interior as this twisted swampy western tune builds to a serious guitar wig out denouement. Stunning.” NP- xfm.co.uk
“Moco are the best live band in the world. If they were from New York or London they’d be huge by now. Fucking Wigan, man.” stylusmagazine.com
Photo by Trisha Seddon