Mood @ Santiago Alquimista

“And it felt sooooo sweet..” diz-nos Timothy Moore aos 21 segundos do videoclip de

Slave.

Quando descobri que os Mood vinham a Lisboa, não fazia ideia quem eram e este vídeo foi o único que vi até ao dia do concerto. Não precisava de ver mais, queria manter a ansiedade e entusiasmo por descobrir esta banda para a performance ao vivo. O que é que seria tão sweet? Ás 21:40 eu e a Joana chegámos a um Santiago Alquimista estranhamente vazio. Sim era 4ª feira. Discriminação contra dias da semana! Já me disseram que sair a meio da semana aumentava a produtividade! Ups. “Ainda é cedo, vamos jantar” diz a Joana. De volta à sala o que me passava pela cabeça era “só espero que o Santiago já tenha gente.” Não tinha. Para além de mim e da Joana, mais umas 10 pessoas, todas elas relacionadas com a banda de abertura, Um Zero Azul (mas zero, ZERO, azul), salpicavam a sala. Já com atraso, a banda de abertura toca o seu set enquanto aprecio a minha MERECIDA imperial da noite. Minutos antes de Mood subirem ao palco, digo para a Joana “Vamos curtir este concerto como se não houvesse amanhã, rockar a sério”, ela concordou. Já estávamos bem na frente do palco, quando o trio de Barcelona (mentira, cada um é de um canto da Europa ahah) entra a arrasar o riff de abertura de ‘Memory Shots’. É um desafio ficares quieto ao som daquele groove! Eu e a Joana entrámos em modo ‘girls gone wild’ (nada de confusões aqui, okay?) e o headbanging, os woohooo’s, as palmas e saltos multiplicaram-se ao logo do concerto.

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mood-13

Timothy Moore, Pepe Carbò e Stefan Häublein apresentaram-se a rigor, vestidos a preto e vermelho, salientado pelo bouquet de rosas na bateria de Stefan. Intensos como o vermelho que vestem, os Mood deram-nos uma performance de estádio esgotado e mostraram que o indie rock pode ser tocado 4ª feira como se fosse sábado à noite. “If you wanna see our faces 24 hours a day, MOODWEAREMOOD on youtube”, diz-nos Stefan atrás da sua bateria. E nós queremos! Depois do rock que eles deixaram entre as paredes do Santiago Alquimista, queremos mesmo. Timothy é a imagem de um rockstar, os seus movimentos em palco, a forma como toca guitarra...uau. Pepe completa com backing vocals e um enorme estilo com aquele baixo fantástico. E o Stefan, embora escondido na escuridão azul do palco, mostra-nos um sorriso enquanto curte o som o concerto inteiro. Para além dos efeitos eléctricos do whammy, também pudemos ouvir músicas mais calmas e despidas, com direito a piano e tudo. Estão sempre a colar a Mood grandes nomes como Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys e outros, merecidamente, claro, mas eles são os MOOD e neste momento têm as ferramentas perfeitas para crescer mais e mais.

Naquela noite, Lisboa estava apenas distraída.

PS. Desculpem pelo atraso pessoal, mas escrever uma tese de mestrado é uma pain in the ass… Entrevista em BREVE! //

“... And it felt sooooo sweet...” are the words of Timothy Moore 21 seconds into the music video of Slave.

When I found out that Mood was coming to Lisbon, I had absolutely no idea who they were and that single video was everything I knew about them until I saw them live. I chose not to see anything else, leaving the anxiety of discovering how good they were for the concert itself. After all, what could be so sweet?

At 21h40, me and Joana arrived at an oddly empty Santiago Alquimista. Yes it was a wednesday. Discrimination against some week days... I mean, I've been told that going out in the middle of the week increased productivity! Ups. (“It's still early, let's grab some dinner”, says Joana).

When we returned to the concert room, all I could think about was my hope that the room would have filled by now.... It wasn't. Besides me and Joana about 10 other people were there,  and all of them seemed to be there for the opening band, something called Um Zero Azul (quite a bit fitting considering that Zero applied to more than their name).

Already fashionably late, the opening band presented their set while I took the time to appreciate my much deserved beer of the night. Minutes before Mood came on stage, I had already decided that perhaps we should make the best of the situation and enjoy it like there was no tomorrow, something which Joana agreed wholeheartedly with. By then, we were already in front of the stage, right on time to welcome the trio from Barcelona (which is a lie considering they are actually from different corners of Europe haha). The opening riff of 'Memory Shots' made a smashing entrance and it became a challenge to just stay still while listening to that kind of groove! Me and Joana slipped into a 'girls gone wild' attitude (and make no mistakes here, okay?) while the headbangings, the woohooo's, the clapping and the jumping just seemed to increase with each passing minute. 

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mood-3

Timothy Moore, Pepe Carbò and Stefan Häublein were dressed to impress, sporting black and red in an obvious connection with the rose bouquet that adorned Stefan's drum set. Intense like the red they wore, Mood were responsible not only for giving us a performance worthy of a sold out stadium concert, but also of showing us that Indie Rock can still be played at a wednesday night as if it was a saturday night instead.

Hiding behind his drum set, Stefan let us know that “If you wanna see our faces 24 hours a day, MOODWEAREMOOD on youtube”. And we really want to! I mean, after the rock they left on the walls of Santiago Alquimista, how could we not? Timothy is the portrait of an accomplished rockstar, with stage movements and guitar playing that are simply... Wow. Meanwhile Pepe seems to complement with backing vocals as well as an amazing bass playing style. And Stefan, while hiding behind that blue darkness of the stage, is still able to give us a smile while enjoying the whole concert, in which we could listen not only to the electric effects of the whammy, but also to some slower and deeper songs, with the piano as company.

Despite the fact that they are always (deservingly so) being named along side bands like the Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys, they are in fact

Mood

and, right now, they have all the tools to grow even more! On that night,

Lisbon was simply distracted

.

 P.S.: Sorry for the delay guys, but writing my masters thesis tends to be a royal pain in the ass... Interview SOON!

fotos e texto/photos and text by Ana Viotti

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