London headline show – Heaven, April 17th
Franc Moody have today premiered their first release of 2019, ‘She’s Too Good For Me’. This follows a breakthrough end to the year for the band, who sold out a party-fuelled show at London’s Village Underground, were invited by Nile Rogers on Chic’s arena tour, and have previously played with the likes of Friendly Fires. Tickets for Franc Moody’s next headline date – Heaven, April 17th – are selling fast, whilst the band are currently working on their debut album, which is expected to see a release later this yar.
‘She’s Too Good For Me’ is the most assured, playful offering yet from Franc Moody, a band who marry contemporary concerns with classic, crate-digging sounds to increasingly effortless effect. “STG4M is a jam we’ve had in the archives for a while,”say the boys. “It was in need of a Franc Moody facelift, so we added our usual concoction of cragged out studio/cupboard tools to the potion. Bass guitar from Argos, hot sauce by Tabasco, sea-salt shakers, home made guitars and vintage synths…everything found a space in the tune. Lyrically it’s a kind of tongue in cheek take on the feeling you’re probably punching above your weight, that little bit of “imposter syndrome” you can get from time to time whatever you’re doing.”
Having taken their time to hone their craft, Franc Moodyare now amassing the kind of creative co-signs and nationwide live following which should go some way to diminishing any “imposter syndrome”. The band is 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). Somewhere between the two, 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: the kind of parties where there’s no bouncer, one portaloo, and hundreds of party-goers crammed in like sardines as sweat dripped from the ceiling. 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.
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 debut album. Like heroes 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. In 2019 Franc Moody look set to keep the good times coming, arguably when we need them most.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
April 10th Nottingham, The Bodega
April 11th Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
April 13th Dublin, The Workmans Club
April 16th Manchester, Gorilla
April 17th London, Heaven
April 19th Brighton, The Haunt
April 20th Bristol, Thekla