No band wants to reach their peak on their debut record and then be forgotten afterwards. Sometimes, record labels need you to bring out something new and shiny to the table when you’re an up-and-coming band and that’s what it was like for Canterbury’s alternative-emo heartbreakers Moose Blood. When it came to speaking with guitarist Mark Osborne and hearing him discuss his feelings towards the record release of the band’s new LP, there was something that made him feel proud of what the quartet had done despite the pressures of deadlines to create the beauty of what has come to be their sophomore masterpiece, Blush.
“We were just desperate to put something new out but we’re all really nervous about it as well,” Osborne says cheerily on his feelings towards the record release. “We have that basis of comparison now because we have that first record out. It went down really well – so much better than any of us thought it would and you know, this record is always going to get compared to that record [I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time].
“On its own merit, we love it [Blush] and we’re so proud of it and we couldn’t have done any more to make that record any better. We literally did the best we could and I think that’s why we kind of feel a little bit nervous because it is literally all we could do [laughs]. We were very aware that we needed to make a record that was better than our first record because we want to progress and we want to be able to do the band for as long as possible.”
“We literally spent every day working solidly to make sure we were finishing these songs while doing the best we could do.”
With a tight time frame of having to write and record songs, the four-piece were put into a position where they felt uncomfortable as their creative mindset was elsewhere, and something that could only be found if they had more time and life experience to get them by. Compared to their debut record, I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time, Osborne emphasised how much they all cared about this record. Although time was slipping away from them – something they had no control over – they still managed to make the most of their circumstances, despite the chaos of not knowing where to go from their first record.