The Black Moods have been traveling the United States, putting in their time playing their Billboard Top 40 hit “Bella Donna” at radio stations, and performing gigs.
And it’s paying off for the Tempe band, who’s playing New Year’s Eve at the Marquee Theatre. “Bella Donna” is in its second week in the Top 40.
“It’s crazy, right?” said singer Josh Kennedy. “I was surprised to see it there the first week.”
On October 30, The Black Moods released the follow-up single “Bad News,” which is about stalking in the days of social media.
“It’s a modern-day stalking song about things like Facebook,” said Kennedy, who’s joined in the band by drummer Chico Diaz and bassist Jordan Hoffman. “People go to places and they check in. You can find anybody and completely stalk them because of their online presence.”
The song was written because The Black Moods’ producer, Grammy-winner Johnny K, was less than thrilled about another song the band penned.
“We played some songs we had been playing live and the fans really liked,” he said. “He said he didn’t like it but we were so attached to the songs, as were the fans. We didn’t want to mess with that.
“We asked him to go back to his hotel room and let us come up with something else that night. We looked at each other and said, ‘Oh (crap).’ We messed around with it. The guys were jamming on a groove and whatnot. Johnny K came in and put his Johnny K on it and we had ‘Bad News.’”
Kennedy hopes The Black Moods have just as much success with “Bad News” as the band had for “Bella Donna.” The most gratifying part of having a hit song is celebrating with his family.
“We’ve had a bunch of people approach us and say, ‘We have this for you. We have that for you,’” he said. “Then it never comes to fruition. The Top 40 is something you can’t argue with. It’s actually for real because it’s in print. It’s amazing. We’re very lucky.”
The Black Moods w/Analog Outlaws, Interfate, Diedre, Stereo Rex, Alien Atmosphere and Natalie Merrill, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 31, $20-$40. For other shows, visit https://theblackmoods.com/tour.
Photo by Jim Louvau