Mohair

Mohair

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Biography

Heralding from grey suburban Watford on the outskirts of London, Mohair have been steadily grafting their way up the rock’n’roll ranks with their distinctive melodies and harmony drenched tunes.

The band wrote prolifically from the outset and toured relentlessly. When they finally felt ready, they decamped to the lowlands of Scotland for inspiration to write their first album.

‘Small Talk’ was barely complete when it unwittingly found its way to the other side of the Atlantic where the legendary management duo of Q Prime’s Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein signed them to their new ‘Grunion’ label at the beginning of last year. Suddenly they found themselves in the same family as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse amongst other rock luminaries.

2006 was a good year for the band starting with a UK Top 10 ‘Indie’ single on their own label. From here support continued to build with the music press, national newspapers, BBC and independent radio.

Mohair played their first TV appearance broadcast on Channel 4’s Album Chart Show and their first ever stadium show supporting Depeche Mode. This was followed by a number of UK and European main stage festival appearances alongside the likes of Primal Scream, Mus, Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs.

Not a band to rest on their laurels, Mohair then hit the US in the autumn touring the east coast of America to promote ‘Small Talk’, which hit the shelves on 19th September.

After two months touring up and down the East Coast to critical acclaim, where they were joined on-stage by the Killers for a 90 minutes jam in November in New York, the band returned to the UK to finish the year on a high.

Firstly they played the Mencap Little Noise Sessions alongside The View and The Fratellis after an invitation from Jo Whiley. This was followed by a tour with Boy Kill Boy with 2006 culminating in The Sunday Times voting ‘Talk Of The Town’, the opening track from their album Small Talk, as one of the best 40 songs of the year.

2007 has started where last year left off, with a support tour with Razorlight across America and Canada in February/March followed by several performances at SXSW, including Filter’s brilliant Cedar St party and a big show at La Zona Rosa. The plaudits followed as first the album was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize, then they were offered a slot on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Having just finished touring UK arenas with Razorlight, Mohair will be coming to Germany to play four dates at British Music Week alongside The Holloways before releasing the indie single Everything I Want / Little Voice on May 14th.

2006 Highlights

• First ever stadium show supporting Depeche Mode in front of 30,000 in Denmark
• Main stage at the Dour Festival, Belgium with Primal Scream
• Main stage Frequency Festival in Austria with Muse, Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs
• Only English band at the World Cup music festival in Germany playing to crowds before the quarter and semi finals and the final itself with shows at 3 arenas and another stadium
• Played Guilfest, The Great Escape and The Electric Gardens
• Album Chart Show appearance on UK Terrestrial TV alongside Wolfmother, Goldfrapp, and Morrissey
• Played Jo Whiley’s ‘Little Noise Sessions’ with The View and The Fratellis at Union Chapel on behalf of Mencap in November
• December Support tour with Boy Kill Boy
• UK indie Top Ten hit with ‘End Of The Line’
• “Stranded” recently used on worldwide commercial for Becks beer
• Extended live performance on Fox Networks Fearless TV
• Front Cover of CMJ’s New Music Review – 18th Sep
• 2 month tour of East Coast culminating in a 90 minute live stage jamming session with the Killers @ The Annex in NYC
• #4 in the Penthouse ‘Top 20 Album Of The Year’
• Sunday Times Top 40 Songs of 2006 - ‘One of the year’s best pop singles’
• Number one hit in Bosnia!

Press Quotes

“Classic pop songwriting in the vein of the Zutons with a cheeky Queen-esque sensibility, Small Talk strikes a guitar-shaped blow for all those who refuse to play it straight”
Vice Magazine

“Mohair are as close to a sure thing as you can get ” CMJ New Music Review

“Mohair are the loudest, most kitchen-sink-never-knowingly-omitted combo since grunge” Mojo

“The kind of music you can imagine being echoed back by thousands of people at a summer festival” The Independent

“Their debut, Small Talk, is stuffed with potential hits, no more so than the opening track, Talk of the Town – one of the best pop songs you’re likely to hear all year.”
The Sunday Times

"Whatever your taste in music, Mohair’s raw energy and dynamism are indisputable." Billboard

”Mohair dont sound like anybody else; what they do sound like is the best night of your life”- Logo Magazine

”Big hearted, boisterous, barnstorming pop” – The Sun

"Sun-struck indie pop" – Time-Out

“If you thought Arctic Monkeys was the best debut album this year, think again”
Classic

Discography

Albums:
April 2006 Small Talk (UK Release), Ear Candy Records
August 2006 Small Talk Remastered (Digital Release), Available through iTunes UK
September 2006 Small Talk (US Release), Grunion Records
November 2006 Small Talk Remastered (CD Version), Available at Gigs only

Singles:
2002 Octopus Chunks (Beautiful In Alcohol), M1 Records
2003 Superstar, M1 Records
2004 Brown Eyes Blue, M1 Records
2005 Keep It Together, TBA Records
2005 Stranded (In the Middle of Nowhere), Ear Candy Records
2005 End of the Line, Ear Candy Records
2006 Life, Ear Candy Records
2006 Everthing I Want / Little Voice, Ear Candy Records.
2006 Stranded (In the Middle of Nowhere), US release via iTunes (Used in commercial for Beck's Beer)
2007 Talk Of The Town, Ear Candy Records

Set List

60 minutes