We’re having a musical mood swing today, and it’s swinging right towards some brand new, delightful pop-punk. Mood Swings just released their latest single, “So Much For Celebrating,” last month, which acts as your introduction to the band’s debut self-titled album that is currently nearing completion.
Paying homage to the pop-punk titans of the past and present, the song has an early Paramore vibe to it, with lead singer Rylee Oswald channelling the influence that Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams has had on the entire genre over the last decade and a half. With its rather playful title and lyrics, “So Much For Celebrating” is very personal to Oswald, focusing on a previous toxic relationship of hers and how she had to overcome it.
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Explaining her motivations for writing the song and how it was pieced together, Oswald said, “‘So Much for Celebrating’ is about celebrating a milestone with a loved one amongst all of the craziness that unfortunately comes from a toxic relationship. I wrote this song from personal experience, knowing all too well the bittersweet tension of celebrating something that brings a great deal of negativity to mind. At first, this song was very difficult to write. The melody was especially the hardest part to create. I must’ve written 15 choruses for this song before finding the right one. Nonetheless, it used to be my least favorite of our songs because I felt so uncreative while writing it. But after working on it in the studio with my best friends and hearing the final version of the song, it turned out to be one of my favorites. I am so grateful for everyone that we work with to make Mood Swings possible. I can’t wait to see where this band takes us!”
The New Jersey-based Mood Swings has taken small parts and influences of their most treasured artists and formed their own sound. Combining their love of aggressive pop-punk with more conventional pop music, the quartet relies on well-designed harmonies, hooks, and melodies to keep you coming back for more. They’ve all known each other for some time, and have previously worked together, with Mood Swings their latest musical venture. The difference between those previous projects and Mood Swings is that this is a more focused, realized, and purposeful band with long-term goals. The instrumentation is a little on the aggressive side for a pop-punk collective, with Oswald supplying a lot of the pop, with her catchy, relatable lyrics and hooks. When you break it all down, it seems that there is a lot to celebrate, at least when it comes to Mood Swings and their emergence as one of the most exciting, young pop-punk acts.