2021 Wrapped by Moody | with Playlist

Screw your automated Spotify Wrapped for 2021! I’m here to share with you the 2021 Moody Wrapped, featuring the best of the best from the year of hell. As this is Moody Music, you’re guaranteed to dance and cry all from 1 playlist in the 2021 Moody Wrapped. Check out this blog post to source your favourite punks, emos and freaks that you want to take into 2022 with you. Start your year off right and wrapped in style.


In no particular order, I will be chatting about my favourite albums, eps and singles from the artists that have been constantly on repeat for me, and have made my 2021 a little less shitty.


Here’s the corresponding Playlist if you wanna listen along to my Moody tunes of 2021.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6ACWbTdczrkJr4AWZ8PBYJ?si=b135b3ee24dc4a86


CLAY J GLADSTONE / Dead Friends (Deluxe Edition)

To kick things off, I want to start with a story about the band Clay J Gladstone. This Sydney band were originally meant to play at Knight & Day Festival in Ballarat Victoria on 2021-22 NYE, and I thought that to be cute I would wear my Clay J Gladstone T-Shirt on the way to the festival, cause I was really excited about finally seeing this band play. Unfortunately, some bands pulled out of K&D due to covid situations, and I saw the FB post about it while on my first train out of two for the day. My first thought was: “well, this is fucking awkward, as I sit here on a very public train wearing band merch from a band that JUST pulled out of the festival *slight panic*”. But hey, I know I don’t have much luck and still repped Clay J all the way to Ballarat.


So, that was my not-surprisingly unfortunate, hilarious tale of K&D fest!


Getting back to Clay J’s Dead Friends (Deluxe Edition) release during 2021, I had a chat to the band about the Dead Friends EP, before the Deluxe was even announced, You can read about it right here to suss out the band and release a little bit more.

U Here is absolutely beautiful, it’s an acoustic serenade! I love the chorus ‘we all need something to lean on / and god knows my legs are crumbling/ but your eyes give me stability / it’s all I need for now / is you here,’ it’s so pure and raw.


ULTIMATE FAVOURITE TRACKS:

Dead Friends, People Like You, and bonus track U Here.

INTERVIEW - Dead friends EP https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/clay-j-gladstone-crazy-deep-chats-about-their-debut-ep-interview



BETWEEN YOU & ME / Armageddon

Between You & Me came in very risky with a late 2021 release, that I’m happy to say it’s an absolute banger! I wish I had it during all of 2021. Armageddon, has the same sort of upbeat pop-punk vibe as Neck Deep’s 2020 All Distortions Are Intentional album.


It’s a very repeat-friendly album to listen to all day.


ULTIMATE FAVOURITE TRACKS:

Please to Meet You, Deadbeat, Real World, and Armageddon.


I feel that Real World is a very underrated track on this album, despite it being incredibly relatable, ‘Maybe I should care about it one day / When I lose my god damn mind’. One thing that I say all the time is “oh well, that’s tomorrow’s problem”, there’s no point stressing over every single aspect of your life, enjoy your life every once in a while.


DRUID / The Beauty In The Decay

Druid was another band who I had interviewed during 2021, we had a chat about their album The Beauty In The Decay. This interview was particularly a huge stand out and highlight for me as a blogger/ interviewer.


On the day of this interview I personally was feeling so bummed out, unmotivated and crappy, maybe I even with a touch of imposter syndrome, I truly was just not feeling like interviewing that day. Lucky for me, my brain was like ‘it would be wildly unprofessional to cancel an interview!’, so thank you brain <3 because after chatting to and having a laugh with Druid it was such a great reminder as to why I do band interviews and of how much I do want to represent bands like this and help share their music. That interview definitely made my day, and probably made my week, and maybe even made my month.


Every time I hear the ravens in Exitus or during this album, it just makes me smile, cause I remember asking if there are ravens on this record?! And everyone, including me, just burst out laughing because it was such a random thing to ask about.


ULTIMATE FAVOURITES:

Exitus, DTHBLW, G.E.M.

INTERVIEW - The Beauty In The Decay https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/druid-cheeky-chats-about-the-beauty-in-the-decay-interview


MIRRORS / The Ego’s Weight

The Ego’s Weight is a monumental album, especially as a debut album by a bunch of boys from Gippsland. This is a humble band with so much to say and have no problem being heard by vocalist Patty’s loud vocals. I had a chat to bassiest Jake about their new album just before releasing it onto the world.


Mirrors also have just recently played Knight & Day fest over NYE in Ballarat, keep your eyes open on the Moody Music socials for a post coming soon.


ULTIMATE FAVOURITES:

Purple Static, Hereditary, For You

INTERVIEW MIRRORS - The Ego's Weight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tb9LMbSbjw&t=1s


STEPSON / Help Me, Help You

Help Me, Help You are one of the best finds I’ve come across in 2021. I’ve been dying to catch Stepson play live at that Stepson/ Bloom tour (please still be happening! What a perfect lineup!). This album is angry, and feels to be in a hurtful/ healing stage of life, for which makes it a very relatable piece of work. Stepson is a must on moody days. I’m also a huge fan of This Is How It Feels, from their 2016 EP Echoes in an Empty Room. You know that they’re a good band when you start going through their history.


ULTIMATE FAVOURITES:

Who Are We?, The Entire History of You, Say Something.


ARCHITECTS / For Those That Wish To Exist

Do you ever listen to Architects and think… damn Sam Carter’s voice is attractive? Nope, just me? Okay moving on! The cinematic value of For Those That Wish To Exist definitely was a standout album for 2021, hearing the involvement of strings (I know there’s some violin I can hear) adds a huge effect on the presence of this album, it sounds like a James Bond 007 soundtrack. The imagery of space is a perfect metaphor, because this album is out of this world!


ULTIMATE FAVOURITES:

Impermanence, Goliath, Black Lungs, and Dead Butterflies


IN VANITY / Identity EP

My chat with Ollie and Forest of In Vanity was one of the most purest and honest conversations I’ve had with a band. In Vanity aren’t scared to show their true colours and wear their hearts on their sleeves. This EP covered such heavy and important topics around mental illness, suicide, assault and homophobia to just name a few.


ULTIMATE FAVOURITE: Mariana

INTERVIEW - Identity EP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dR7QHfin_I


NAUTICAL MILE / Embers EP

Besides having visually sexy album art (C’mon it was bright red roses in a pile of ashes! It is deadly beautiful), the Embers EP felt like Nautical Mile were sitting on this release for such a long time and were dying to get it out to the world, and honestly it was worth the wait. It is fast, bouncy pop-punk with a mysterious undertone of poetic lyrics.


‘The heavy burden of this weight will bury me when I’m awake / So when I close my eyes/ It helps me drift away / inside of my own mind / as the light fades to grey’


This EP is a stunner!


ULTIMATE FAVOURITES: Purgatory and Suppression

INTERVIEW- Embers EP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu4DBJNwwY8&t=387s


THE LAST MARTYR / Purgatory EP

Continuing on with the Nautical Mile purgatory theme, I had to include The Last Martyr’s Purgatory EP in this Moody Wrapped. This EP I wanna say is a whole power move within itself, blending and extending the boundaries of their dark rock genre with spices of metal, posthardcore and a cherry of rap to top off the delicious sunday of TLM’s EP. I can’t emphasis this enough, you MUST listen to it from start to end for the full experience.


ULTIMATE FAVES:

Hindsight and Afterglow

EP REVIEW: https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/the-last-martyr-purgatory-ep-review

INTERVIEW: https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/the-last-martyr-chats-about-new-single-hindsight-interview


COLOUR & SHADE / Hostile Grounds EP

Canvas is still one of the most favourite serenade tracks I’ve come across, it is just so beautiful and I know I’ve said it before, but somehow Colour & Shade have captured what glistening stars would sound like. The lyrics ‘Stay Forever / Stay inside my heart’, it’s incredible, that song deserves a chef’s kiss because it is perfecto! Mwah!


ULTIMATE FAVES:

Canvas and Equilibrium

REVIEW - Equilibrium https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/colour-shade-releases-unity-anthem-equilibrium-review

REVIEW - Hostile Grounds EP https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/colour-shade-hostile-grounds-ep-review


WOLF & CHAIN / Amor Mortal EP

I’m really loving this theme of dramatic and intense love, and no band did that better in 2021 than the part emo- part vampire band of misfits from Adelaide. I had a chat with Wolf & Chain about their single Taste of Blood, and we also cracked some vampire myths for a laugh. Their EP Amor Mortal is a full production. This band are leading the movement in not just playing shows but to create on stage experiences for their fans. I would go see Wolf & Chain the musical. Unfortunately I haven’t been blessed to see this band play live… Yet! (Screw Covid!) but they are definitely on my MUST-SEE list in 2022.


The concept of eternal love is just so beautiful, but of course filled with so many dangerous and dramatic aspects, in W&C’s case you might end up in the middle of a vampire bar brawl! (Just kidding, or am I? Ooh conspiracies!)


I do have one confession to make… as I write this post I am in fact shamefully watching Vampire Diaries, it’s so bad that it’s good haha.


ULTIMATE FAVES: Taste of Blood, Far From Home, and An Unfortunate Tale of Two Lovers and an Insatiable Taste for Poison

INTERVIEW: https://www.moodymusicblogau.com/post/wolf-chain-new-single-taste-of-blood-plus-vampire-chats-interview


SNARK / Pressure

One of my personal favourites (God I feel like I say that about all these bands *insert that cute face emoji with the big puppy dog eyes*) is Snarky Snark and their track Pressure. This trio had released two songs in 2021, and as much as I do love the bouncy and catchy chorus of Weightless (I am still waiting on the remix ‘The Dodgey Avenue’ by the way, inside jokes right there), I have so much love for Pressure.