People who really know me probably also know that I’m a proud sad song fan. For instance, my favorite band is Linkin Park and my favorite song by them is either Keys to the Kingdom or When They Come For Me. If that isn’t emo enough, then I also like to listen to a lot of Blackbear, Bea Miller, Sasha Sloan, Chainsmokers (I am actually a top fan for them on Spotify… Very proud of that), and Twenty One Pilots (|-/).
I infamously live by my motto, which is to listen to music that makes me sad so I can balance it out with a happy life.
With that being said, I am sure 99% of those people who know me would be surprised to hear that I am a fan of The Mowgli’s, American Authors, Magic Giant, the Elovaters, and other bands that make a lot of uplifting music.
Sometimes I just need music to make me look on the bright side of things. Especially during these very crazy times. Sometimes, I think I need this positivity in my life. In fact, I think we all need positivity in our lives. That’s why I wanted to take a break last week and start writing this week about The Mowgli’s… That and also I was excited to review a band with over 200 million streams on Spotify.
¨My favorite band’s growing up made the whole concept of being in a band seem really fun. I never considered it a possibility really, but once I got into it, I realized how many influences were deeply ingrained in me,¨ says vocalist Katie Jayne Earl. The Mowgli’s are a 5 member band from California that have seen a lot of success with over 200+ million streams on multiple platforms including Spotify.
This alternative pop band has been around since 2013 and additionally sold out tours across the nation. The band is known for their hits like I’m Good (2015) and San Fransico (2013).
Just to summarize their success, the band has appeared at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and other shows, venues, and festivals.
On top of that, the Mowgli’s were honored to write and record the title theme song for Disney TV‘s #1 animated show Big City Greens. “We’ve all been raised on Disney” says drummer Andy Warren. “So, having them ask for a classic, vintage Mowgli’s song was kind of a dream come true. It was amazing how fast it came together and how well it fits with the opening montage!” (Quote taken from press release)
¨I think now more than ever, we are all realizing how important ´essential workers´ are to the continued normalcy of our day to day life, but these people were out there grinding long before COVID, keeping our world turning. So I sing it to them now, from the safety of our living room, while they’re on the frontlines.¨-Katie Jayne Earl, Vocalist for The Mowgli’s (4/28/2020).
Being an essential employee for Riverside Community Care, I was grateful for Katie’s kind words in her quote above. And yes, we definitely deserve a vacation when this COVID-19 crisis ends. But I feel like I’m speaking for the masses when I say that musicians are also essential to our daily lives, because I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without music.
I grew up listening to I’m Good and San Fransico thinking the Mowgli’s were just a bunch of borderline hippies and kids madly in love with each other to a point that is almost unhealthy. But after reading about them, listening to more of their music, and getting to know them a little more… I find that’s not entirely true. They are more like a group of best friend’s who go through up and downs just like every band… They are human, and they celebrate that in every way possible.
I personally love their newer music more than the older music, despite what some fans say about their newer music. These guys have really stayed true to their positive vibes and I really hope this never goes away, cause like I hinted at in my intro, I really need that positivity and so do other people in this world! Especially nowadays!
Speaking of the times, I asked Katie what they are doing to keep in touch and stay connected with their fans. ¨We have been using an app called Community to text directly with fans. It’s been really great! We have also been using Twitch to play music for fans and we’ve had a lot of fun playing Animal Crossing with fans too!,¨ she told me.
¨I swear I dream of waking up,
To find the future scream.
But I’ve been sleepwalking so much,
I don’t remember dreaming.¨–Clean Light (2013)
Right now the band is trying to embrace the positive sides of these times, using Twitch to stream gig sessions and interact with fans. Playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch, texting fans through Community, and just trying to keep themselves occupied the best they can. It’s actually really cool that they and other bands like Magic Giant and American Authors are doing this!
¨We want to make music that is true to who we are, and make sure we say things that matter to us.. other than that, we are open minded and open hearted about ´where´ we take our music,¨ says Katie.
Keep an eye on Unedited’s social medias for updates on the band in the future!