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INTERVIEW: The Mooks

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “So Kind”?

We wanted some more dance-y songs in our repertoire. At first it was more of a ballad, then we tried a “lust for life” beat on it and off it went from there. A lot of our songs are left open for interpretation, and this is no exception. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Many moons ago, I was seeing someone new. She had the decency to tell me that she wasn’t completely over her ex. After I became totally infatuated, she left me to get back with her ex.  

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we shot a video that’s still in the editing process. It’s loosely a video within a video. Think Bowfinger and Spinal Tap. 

The single comes off your new album I Hope That You Feel The Same – what’s the story behind the title?

The title comes from a line within the song “Not Around”, featured on the album. We thought it was a fitting sentiment for the record, since we’re still a new band trying to find our footing in this new-age internet world of validation and hyper-scrutiny.

How was the recording and writing process?

This was an older song, that was re-invigorated by the addition of a rhythm section in the writing process, making it much more of a lighthearted dance song. 

The recording process was straightforward, and mainly done live off the floor in a day. We doubled a lot of the instrumental parts for a bigger sound. 

What was it like to work with Calvin Hartwick and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Calvin was a pleasure. We called him the human computer. We first met at Dreamhouse Studios, when we were offered a free recording session through a friend who started a project covering and connecting people in the arts community in Toronto called Freshmen Friday. We recorded the song “Fall Down” that appears on our new record that day. Afterwards, we asked Calvin if he would do the rest of the EP for us and here we are. 

How much did he get to influence the album?

We went into the project with a concise vision of what we wanted to do, but on a short timeline. Calvin helped us build out our sound sonically, simplify our arrangements and kept us on schedule.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

Toronto will always be dear to our hearts. Mainly for the people and community. Toronto has a lot of great indie and garage bands at the moment that inspire us. 

How do you go on balancing your R&B influences with the rock approach?

It’s always a fine line. I think we always try to remain “soulful” in whatever we’re doing. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The music is inspired by 60s rock, to 80s post punk, to 00s indie. The beat is definitely a nod to lust for life. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We are looking at booking shows in Ontario and maybe Quebec this summer.

What else is happening next in The Mooks’ world?

We have another single planned to drop this spring, as well as the EP for summer. We’ll be performing at CMW this year too! Stay tuned

Listen “So Kind” here: https://soundcloud.com/themooksto/so-kind

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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