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Meet Me At The Pictures by The Mojo Fins
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Posted: 02 December 09
Weeks spent recording.
Years spent writing.
Lives spent believing.
This is what it takes to make a debut album.
This is what it took to make ‘The Sound That I Still Hear’.
Of course, when The Mojo Fins suffered the tragic loss of singer and guitarist Jon Chandler in a road accident in May 2007, many people questioned whether the band could even continue. The remaining members did not. They knew they had to: because music, like friendship, transcends death, and the dream that four school mates once swore they’d make a reality lives on.
Today, following wide critical acclaim for their first single Piñata Face in September 2007 – a non-album track, sung by and released in memory of Jon, from which all royalties were donated to UK charity RoadPeace – Brighton’s finest pop-rock exponents are once again a four-piece, and while Stephen, newest member Adam, Steve and Dave celebrate the general release of The Sound That I Still Hear on April 6th (with the digital version available a few weeks earlier), they remain grounded by values that first saw the band signed to independent label Amazon Records in late 2006.
Talk to The Mojo Fins and you’ll get to know a band in love with music, rather than the celebrity it can bring, their devotion to the art inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith, Tortoise and The Shins. Listen to their album, co-produced at Brighton’s Red Room studio with colleague Stuart Troop, and you’ll hear a body of work composed with painstaking care and attention to detail, coruscating guitars, intricate rhythms and driving bass bound together by the unifying force of melody, that most primary of musical elements so often neglected when substance is sidelined for style. Watch as the guys’ heart-felt live performances light up stage after stage, face after face from the front of the audience to the back – then you’ll see how much this means.
And that’s the point. For The Mojo Fins, the gigs they play, the songs they write and this album, The Sound That I Still Hear, have never held moremeaning.
The future? Never has it held more hope.