credit: Annamaria DiSanto
Blurring the lines between the '70s icons that inspired them, the turn of the century acts that transformed them, and the modern sounds that they call home, it is time for THE BLACK MOODS to introduce their 'Medicine' to the world. On their debut album for Another Century/Sony Music, THE BLACK MOODS blend a potent brew of the infectious melodies, razor-sharp hooks, and sing-along choruses that have been inciting crowds around the band's Tempe, AZ hometown for years. Whether we're talking about bathroom sex ("Right Now Anywhere"), one night stands ("Paralyzed," "So Good"), pure bliss ("Within Without"), or crimes of passion ("Without A Warning," "Killers In The Night"), it's all about the relationships. "That's where all the songs on 'Medicine' come from - how we relate to people, and how those people affect us mentally," says frontman and guitarist Josh Kennedy.
Those mental breakdowns are where THE BLACK MOODS were born. "We are always watching music documentaries in the studio, and there was a Doors documentary where Ray Manzarek said, 'watch out, Jim [Morrison] is in one of his black moods...'" says drummer Chico Diaz of his band's name. "That inspired us to write a song called 'Here's To Black Moods' - the name of the band evolved from there."
"Music is the medicine for our soul, and we want to share it with as many people as we can," adds Kennedy, who moved to the southwest from Wheaton, MO as a teen, pursuing an opportunity to tech for one of his favorite bands. A few years, bands, and a bevy of experiences later, he met drummer Chico Diaz, another fixture on the local scene. As diametrically opposed as the two may appear - Diaz embracing a more modern vibe than Kennedy's pegged jeans and Robert Plant visage - the two are closer than most brothers. The trio is completed by bassist Johannes Lar, an Army combat veteran trading the sands of Afghanistan for the desert heat of Arizona.