If you had attended the Helsinki Psych Fest in 2020, we hope you arrived in time to check out Keith Mosfet and co. His band – now officially renamed THE MOSFETS – played one of the hottest sets of the night and really knocked everyone’s socks off with their extreme energy and style… so much so that HEAD Agency picked them up as their flagship band! While we hope to have them back in Finland sometime this year, in the meantime, the band have a new single coming out on February 10th, 2023, entitled “Sign of Affection.” However, you can check it out already as today’s premiere! Learn more about the track and have a listen below…
Captivating and fully of energy, “Sign of Affection” indeed shows off its roots in classic psychedelic rock, starting with a slick guitar riff before the drums join in, and suddenly the band is blasting away like THE KINKS on speed. The trade-off between the dual vocalists is really fun and brings a lot of extra life to the sound as the bass plays around and the guitar drives the song forward. The drumming is really fun and lively, with the production style coming out gritty and old-school, as though the song had been recorded back in the ’70s or ’80s. Relentless and fast, the song’s biggest problem is that it’s over before you know it, at a spritely 2:22 runtime.
Songwriter Keith Mosfet comments: “I had a dream last summer where I was back in Canada visiting my childhood best friend Kyle. He recently had a daughter, and in my dream we were at his house and he introduced me to her. I became overwhelmed with happiness, and love for him.
He then wanted to show me a song on the radio, I didn’t want to listen because I thought his music taste is usually pretty shit. But he forced me to listen. And the song that was playing was Sign Of Affection. I woke up realizing that it was an original song. So at 6 a.m. I grabbed my guitar and sang into my cell phone what I had heard. Later that day I met up with the band and everyone put their little flavours and sparkles in that took it to the next level. And the ‘Sign Of Affection’ was born.“
Regarding the influences that went into the song, the band comments: “For me musically, I think it’s a culmination of many of my previous tricks with song writing, but with inspiration from Blur’s ‘Song 2’ and The Hives. Definitely some Jack White guitar solo inspiration, but taken in a different direction. I know Ilari was inspired by some Finnish bands I’ve never heard of and Maarten was inspired a bit by The Clash’s ‘I Fought the Law.’ The back and forth vocals between Fay and I are inspired by the Pixies, and her key’s part over the chorus is a direct reference to The Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog.’“