Chuck Mosley has led a storied life. He came to fame fronting a nascent, pre-Mike Patton Faith No More, carrying the bands through their first two albums, before leaving around 1990. From there, Mosley took a brief stint fronting seminal afro-punk act Bad Brains, before leaving to form Cement. After a serious accident that led to a broken back for Mosley, the band was disassembled, with Mosley moving to Ohio, where he spent years working in isolation while raising a family. Now part of Chuck Mosley and the VUA, he’s visiting Louisville to perform a variety of hits throughout his career, mixing up the new and old. You can catch him Saturday, October 14th at the Cure Lounge with Bird/Trooper. We caught up with him to ask about his work with Faith No More, his new band, and curing the world with hot jams!
Never Nervous: What was your relationship to music growing up?
Chuck Mosley: It was all around with my family. Started with the Beatles.
NN: How did your formative years with family shape your style?
CM: It made me complicated.
NN: What was your first band?
CM: The Animated
NN: What did that teach you about working in music?
CM: Taught me that it’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life.
NN: How did you hook up with the Faith No More folks?
CM: Billy and I were in The Animated together. It use grew from there.
NN: How did your relationship evolve over the course of the two albums?
CM: Like a Marriage.
“My time with Bad Brains was like punk rock boot camp. High demands were set upon me. They liked and used everything I did. They did have a preference for me to remain positive, which I did.”
NN: What led you to work with Bad Brains?
CM: They called me up.
NN: Were you a fan of their music before?
CM: Yeah, yup.
NN: Was it a challenge to step into HR’s shoes? Any burden stepping into that role?
CM: Yep. My time with Bad Brains was like punk rock boot camp. High demands were set upon me. They liked and used everything I did. They did have a preference for me to remain positive, which I did.
NN: Tell us about your current project. How did it start and how has it evolved?
CM: Started last year when me and Doug went out as a two piece and it has evolved into a four piece with an expanded sound. Wrote twelve new songs and recorded seven of them with Matt Wallace. The project has allowed me to explore the more hypnotic noises.
NN: How would you describe your current work?
CM: It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotion, elation, and hypnotic syncopation.
NN: Does the fact you operate under your own name come with any expectation? Do you ever feel encumbered under the weight of your own catalog?
CM: Yes, it’s weird, but I have to tell myself that I’ve gradated to the level of a David Bowie or Iggy Pop. Then I don’t think about it, and it’s okay.
NN: If your music could cure one ill in the world, what would it be and why?
“It was an honor and a privilege to work with Jonathan Davis.”
CM: Hatred, because that’s what kills most people aside from natural disasters.
NN: Have you watched, eaten, read, or drank anything recently worth mentioning?
CM: Mango Aloe Vera is my favorite thing. Wings in buffalo.
NN: Who did you enjoy collaborating with?
CM: It was an honor and a privilege to work with Jonathan Davis.
NN: Any collaborators that got away?
CM: David Bowie got away.
NN: Who would you erase and why?
CM: I’d say Hitler, but we don’t learn from our mistakes.
NN: Top Three desert island album picks?
CM: I’m guessing it’s a desert island with electricity?