Debut album coming soon. Another show in Paradisoon March 11th 2020
Franc Moody have today unveiled glorious new single ‘Terra Firma’, alongside details of an extensive global tour (which includes a London date at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on March 5th: tickets go on sale this Friday). With much of their current European tour already sold out, ‘Terra Firma’ also introduces the unique London band’s forthcoming debut album (more details of which will follow soon).
‘Terra Firma’ has the feel of a mission statement for Franc Moody, mixing influences of house, nu-disco, rave culture and the band’s guerrilla ethos into escapist, euphoric pop.
“A week ago we put a rave on in Tottenham, back where it all began for us,” they say. “It was the first time in a couple of years since we’d put on something like this and fitting that ‘Terra Firma’ was given its first airing. For us the song encapsulates that raw spirit, the energy and decadence of that whole warehouse culture. We definitely tried to bottle that special moment at 5am when sweat is dripping off the walls and the crowd are packed in like sardines. As with all Franc Moody tunes it’s a melting pot of our Lo-Fi, DIY production techniques and ideas, with an added sprinkle of space-age sauce.”
Franc Moody are an idiosyncratic London collective who marry contemporary concerns with classic, crate-digging sounds. They are, in many ways, the brainchild of partners-in-crime Ned and Jon, who were raised on the contrasting influences of a classical household (Jon) and the searing soul of New Orleans (Ned) but both finding an enduring love of dance music in nearly all it’s forms. The pair first met when they were part of a group of musicians who took over an abandoned warehouse in North London, which soon became a staple of the local area thanks to the raucous live shows they put on which lasted well into the night. Gradually, the idea of making records on their own that reflected that history of underground dance culture (its energy, community, and urgency) became entwined into the philosophy of Franc Moody, and the musicians they met along the way have formed the live experience with them, and are very much a part of a collective feel that Ned and Jon have fostered around the music.
It’s an energy that has evolved across Franc Moody’s releases to date, and now looks set to be pushed further still on the band’s forthcoming debut album. Inspired by heroes like Daft Punk or Jamiroquai, Franc Moody draw from the style and techniques of disco and techno whilst simultaneously threading influences of contemporary dance music into everything they do. In a time when London’s nightlife is dogged by closure and censure, the timeless (but timely) need for nightlife also appears paramount to Franc Moody – a band as seemingly beholden to Studio 54, The Haçienda or rave culture as they are Louisana Crawfish boils or (in their case) a Tottenham warehouse, in the belief that the party ultimately starts and stops with the individual.
Having already sold out the likes of London’s Village Underground, Heaven – and supported acts ranging from Nile Rogers & Chic to Friendly Fires and Parcels – Franc Moody have amassed the kind of IRL following which few independent bands can rival. Soon, ‘Terra Firma’ may be all that’s holding them down. After a sold out show in Paradiso in Amsterdam on October 10th Franc Moody will come back to Paradiso-Noord in Amsterdam on Match 11th 2020.
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