Stoke four piece Moral Panics are building quite a momentum in their native Staffordshire, and with new single ‘February’ on the way this May this forward movement seems set to gather further pace. Made up of Andy, Dan, Tom and Jazz, the boys are influenced by some of the musical greats, particularly those with experimentation at their roots – Foals, Peace Swim Deep and Nirvana to be more precise. Channelling a rocky indie-pop sound with complex guitar lines mixed in with hard-hitting, straight up rhythms and chunky chords, their signature is dark, provocative and endearing.
The new single ‘February’ is testament to this, an energetic tune with intricate, varied rhythm and some lovely smooth vocals to overlay the almost percussive guitar lines. Taken from the ‘WLVS’ EP – which is out now – the track is a timely reminder that these are some of the most creative boys in Staffordshire. Passionate about the arts as a whole, Moral Panics count clothing designers, novel writers and film makers amongst their number. But music is their greatest individual and shared love.
Having been invited to support the likes of Dog is Dead, Moral Panics have also received support from BBC Introducing Radio including the recording of a live session. Their strong local fan base means they regularly sell out their hometown gigs. But the potential beyond that is immense for Moral Panics, and with the new single and other releases on the horizon, 2014 could well be their year.
Words: Brooke McCord