Playing a loopy but potent variant on garage rock and neo-psychedelia (they call their sound "grungy garage pop"), Mozes and the Firstborn hail from Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
The group was formed in 2010 by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Melle Dielesen, with Corto Blommaert on bass and Raven Aartsen on drums, and the group made its debut at a house party celebrating Dielesen's 21st birthday. In 2011, Mozes and the Firstborn self-released their first recording, an EP recorded in Dielesen's home studio titled I Got Skills, and the title tune soon became a fan favorite; when the group signed with Dutch indie label TopNotch Records
in 2013, their first release for the company was a single featuring a new recording of the tune. By the time Mozes and the Firstborn had teamed up with TopNotch
, the group had expanded to a quartet with the addition of guitarist Ernst-Jan van Doorn, and not long after the release of the "I Got Skills" single, the four musicians went to work on their debut album. Produced by Michel Schoots of Urban Dance Squad
, the self-titled album, like most of the group's previous work, was recorded in Dielesen's studio, and it earned the band an international following when respected California-based indie label Burger Records
arranged to release the album in the United States in 2014. An EP called Power Ranger appeared in 2015, followed a year later by their second album on Burger
, Great Pile of Nothing. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi