Evolution. That's The Mojo Fins: their songs alive with samples and loops, guitars dancing in a digital world; stories of love and loss explored by a network of drums, electronic percussion mingling with acoustic. The trademark soaring melodies? The evocative and deeply personal lyrics? As intrinsic as they've ever been. Today, though, they move to a different beat, wrap themselves around new ideas.
With the band's third album Circa due out in June 2014, launch single Introverts sets the tone. Inspired by the likes of New Order and Miike Snow - oozing synth and style, it's four breathless minutes, one nuclear chorus and no apologies. If you think that sounds bold, it's supposed to – The Mojo Fins have been raising the bar for over a decade.
2003, the band release their first demo, two tracks hewn from the rock of shared ideals and a simple desire to write great music. Several years of hard graft follow – lives lived in practice rooms and on the stages of pubs and bars, four friends from Brighton learning their trade and finding their feet in the live arena.
2006, walking now, confidence growing exponentially, a “Yes” that turns dreams to reality as independent label Amazon Records signs the guys up. The following year and one member tragically lost... but another is found, and the band's first single Piñata Face proclaims the show will go on. 2008, The Mojo Fins unveil their self-produced debut album The Sound That I Still Hear: intricate, wistful, a testament to conviction.
2011, running now, blood pumping hard, epic second album Shake The Darkness a bravura display of songwriting and orchestration. Recorded at Wales' legendary Rockfield Studios and complemented a year later by the stripped-back elegance of The Spirit EP, the album ushers in a relationship with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers/Idlewild) whose skills come to bear again on the band's new material.
2013, braving the cold and snow at Rockfield Studios in South Wales The Mojo Fins commence recording Circa in January. Here, with the aid of established producer Dave Eringa, the sound is pushed and the bar is raised. More songs are written through summer and the band return in September to complete the album. During their stay a video for Introverts is shot on location at Rockfield Studios and Brecon Beacons. The album is finally mixed and mastered by January 2014 and scheduled for release in June.
Sure, it's been hard work, but then so is anything that's worth doing. And when you stand on that stage at Glastonbury; hear the radio play your songs; feel your heart race as your new album explodes from the mixing desk – you look to the future and smile.
Because suddenly anything is possible.
The Mojo fins are:
Stephen Brett - Lead vocals, Guitar
Dave Russell - Drums
Adam Luke Atkins - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Hoile - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals