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About The Black Moods
Combining a bluesy hard rock approach with a bit of grungy swagger, the Black Moods rose from regional Arizona bar band status to major-label touring act with the release of their sophomore LP, Medicine, in 2016. A classic guitar-bass-drums power trio, the band takes inspiration from a host of hard-hitting bands from Led Zeppelin to Foo Fighters, adding their own distinctive nuances to the rock & roll canon.
Singer/guitarist Joshua Kennedy initially migrated to the Southwest from Wheaton, Missouri as a teenager to tech for another band. After a few years' immersion in the Phoenix music scene, he met drummer Chico Diaz and bassist Jordan Hoffman, and they began playing together as a trio. Nicking their name from an offhand comment made by Ray Manzarek describing one of Jim Morrison's stormy moods in a Doors documentary, they self-released their eponymous debut in 2012 and began establishing themselves as a road band, touring the country and hitting classic clubs like L.A.'s The Viper Room and Whisky a Go Go.
A deal with Sony imprint Another Century put them back in the studio with producer Jim Kaufman, who had handled their first release. The result was 2016's Medicine, a similarly rugged but more road-tested version of the classic hard rock approach they'd been honing since their formation. More touring and gigs with acts like Jane's Addiction, Shinedown, Everclear, and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger helped boost their profile over the next couple of years. In early 2018, they released the hard-edged single "Bella Donna."
- Tempe, AZ