The Mooney Suzuki

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Emerging in the early years of the twenty-first century, New York City, New York, USA-based the Mooney Suzuki were one of several acts on the city’s underground scene to base their sound on legendary US subversives the MC5. The band formed during the late 90s, while its members were attending a variety of art-based colleges. Vocalist and guitarist Sammy James Jnr. advertised in downtown record shops, for other like-minded musicians to jam with, leading him to Graham Tyler (lead guitar), John Paul Ribas (bass), and Will Rockwell-Scott (drums). Taking their name from the surnames of two members of the groundbreaking experimental German outfit Can (vocalists Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki), the quartet’s early goal was to get signed by the acclaimed garage rock label Estrus. The Mooney Suzuki got their wish after travelling across the USA to play a show in Bellingham, Washington for Estrus head Dave Crider, who signed the band shortly thereafter. In 2000,...

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