The Moods once again display their innate social commentary skills in this defiant hip-hop anthem, The Rise and Fall of America. The words of the American national anthem are made satirical with a new take and hip-hop beats. The band spoke with The Fountain about the track in more depth as well as the venues they miss the most.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to The Rise and Fall of America

Overall it’s been great, we have had a few spats with some Republicans from the states, and that’s been fun. But if you look at the song closely. It’s a message to all world leaders, to stop distracting us from the real issues that concern the future of all inhabitants of the planet, we just used the good old U S of A as a metaphor for the whole of civilization.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

A bombastic satirical rework of the American national anthem.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?

We have been sat on our new album, Somebodies Hero Nobodies Soldier since May time, when we had an album launch at Manchester Academy postponed due to Covid restrictions. The new release, (Rise and Fall of America), will be followed this year by two more single releases from the album, which we are planning to release early 2021. We also have a few live stream events in place, that you can find out about on our social media.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

We played the Manchester Arena last year, at the closing ceremony of the world taekwondo championships. Another song from the new album, (Strong), was chosen as the anthem for the games. We played that with twenty of the Manchester show choir joining us on stage, and we also played (Carnival) as the curtain came down on the games, we was then joined by two dancing Chinese lions, the world taekwondo display team, twenty fan dancers and pretty much the whole ensemble of the arena, it was surreal. We love going to Edinburgh to play at Stramash. It’s a 900 cap venue that’s always full of people, we don’t usually play until midnight there, and the crowd are always up for a party, which we happily play the theme music for.