It’s an auspicious day for British artist Emma Moore – it’s both her birthday and the announcement of her first music release in almost a year. Husbands Or Kids becomes the first single release from Moore’s long-awaited EP, for which she created a unique and unforgettable fanclub-only launch in The Blinded Experience. Although she’s is one of our oldest friends here at Three Chords – we interviewed her way back when we first launched! – this is our first chance to review her music.
Husbands or Kids places value on knowing your worth, knowing what you want (or at least, what you don’t) and having the patience to wait for it to come around. Moore brings all the fire you’d expect from a redhead, but there’s tenderness too. In the plea tell me this ain’t all there is we get a little glimpse of very relatable insecurity. This single is a fantastic teaser to whet your appetite for the forthcoming EP. With a masters degree in songwriting and inspiration and influence from some of the industry’s finest (Brandy Clark and Lori McKenna, to name just two), honest storytelling is Moore’s trademark. Produced and mastered in Nashville, TN, the track combines traditional country music with rock n roll, a filthy bass tone and plenty of sass.
“Sometimes as writers we can be drawn much more to the melancholy and reflective songs or ideas, where we think and feel deeply and poetically. I have to admit that’s where I feel the most comfortable when writing, but sometimes, even in moments of despair, you just have to laugh – and that’s where this track sits.”
Since the release of her debut album ‘Pilot’ in 2016, Moore’s signature honesty, alternative views on life and smooth-as-silk vocals have only grown stronger. Her 2018 release Good Girl was played for 8 consecutive weeks on BBC Introducing, garnered over 30,000 streams on Apple Music and led to Moore and her band being invited to play Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree stage at the inaugural Long Road Festival that year.