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If the core definition of ‘emo’ is personal thoughts put to simple, tuneful melodies then Moose Blood fit snugly into this category. Their debut LP, 2014’s I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, earned them revered a place alongside bands like Jimmy Eat World and Brand New and their 2016 follow up, Blush, further hooked fans with dulcet tones and emotive lyrics. Returning with their third album, I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, released this month, guitarist Mark Osbourne was on hand to talk about the darker path the album takes.

“It was written from a different place than anything we’ve done before. It is a lot moodier, it is almost depressing in places. The majority of songs haven’t come from good places. The way we went into this record, and when we started writing it, was to reflect on the stuff that had gone on in our lives and in our relationships. We were writing from a different place, reflecting on things in our lives and opening up about these things that maybe it’s taken three records to get it off our chests, or to get to a place where we feel like we can do that.”

It was written from a different place than anything we’ve done before. It is a lot moodier, it is almost depressing in places

Where other traditional emo records rise and fall in mood, Moose Blood’s third album is pretty pessimistic throughout. The finale, It’s Too Much, is certainly not an uplifting finish. The lyrics “it takes everything that I have to get up” coupled with a drowsy minimalist melody certainly aren’t the lyrics of anyone in a good headspace.  I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore definitely seems to have been used to work through some of these issues. “When you’re doing something you love but which impacts other people you love and impacts your personal life, it can get difficult. It’s finding a way to process it in a healthy way and trying to create something positive from something that is negative.”

Whether it’s working through those difficult parts of life, or finding closure following a loss like in the bittersweet You Left In The Worst Way, music can sometimes be the best medicine. Maybe the key to getting such an introspective album is in part down to who you work with. Producer and Saosin guitarist Beau Burchell has worked on all three of Moose Blood’s albums: “Burchell has made every experience we’ve had with him the time of our lives. We felt so incredibly lucky after the first record to have that experience. He makes the recording process so comfortable and relaxed and so enjoyable. You feel yourselves kind of thriving in that environment…you don’t feel any limitations on what you wanna do. He’s so supportive and encouraging and really pushes us to get the best out of us. Once you find that with someone you don’t really wanna go somewhere else. He’s almost like an extension of the band – like a fifth member.”

I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore is an insight into the mentality of a band during a difficult time in their lives. Its gut-wrenching honesty serves as a reminder that sometimes it’s okay not to be okay.

Moose Blood play O2 Academy, Newcastle on Tuesday 6th March. I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore is out via Hopeless Records on 9th March.



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