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There is no literal or metaphoric barrier separating The Mowglis - a rag-tag band of Californian pop-timists - from their audience. Its an intimate, yet supremely energetic musical relationship; a hands on the band, hands on the fans kind of experience for all. Powered by rapturous tunes (from both their most recent album Kids In Love and their debut Waiting For The Dawn) that are equal parts 60s Laurel Canyon, 70s Venice Beach, and 10s Silverlake, our newest Front Row Encounter with The Mowglis is absolutely bonkers; the type of uplifting, check your ego at the door, and go-a-little-crazy kind of party music fans flock to SXSW in search of. Have at it!

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- You'll figure it out, right, team? - We're just gonna start playing, and our sound guy will figure it out.
Yeah, woo! Questionable sound.
- Well, are we waiting for this thing? All right.
Quiet on the set.
- Oh, this is exciting.
- Okay.
Well, hello! We're the Mowglis.
- How you guys feeling? You're only alone cause everybody's alone,
skipping movies to the sad parts, it's too hard
Forget about it, forget about it.
And then you start getting old, and everybody you know buries their past
in the backyard like track marks,
Don't ask about it, don't even think about it.
But time moves slowly, always chasing something that you knew you left behind
Kids in love will do almost everything, Kissing in the dark, scared to talk
about anything,
Kids in love with the girl on the tire swing
Growing up now, growing up now quickly
There's days that your home is just some place that you go
Trying to hide from dark spots on sidewalks,
It's always on us, yeah it's all around us.
You're not alone, as far as honesty goes I'm sick of looking sideways these days
I'm staring at it, yeah, I'm gonna fight it
Time moves slowly, we've been racing Some things you leave behind,
and never find
Kids in love will do almost everything, Kissing in the dark,
scared to talk about anything,
Kids in love with the girl on the tire swing
Growing up now, growing up now.
Time moves slowly, we've been racing, Kids will fall in love over pretty much
anything, Growing up now, growing up now quickly
Kids in love will do almost everything, Kissing in the dark, kissing in the dark
Kids in love will do almost everything,
Kissing in the dark when no one's looking
Kids in love will do almost everything
Kissing in the dark scared to talk about anything
Kids in love with the girl on the tire swing
Growing up now, we growing up now
Time moves slowly, we've been racing,
Those kids will fall in love over pretty much anything
Growing up now, growing up now, whoo!
It's funny how those kids in love will do almost everything
Growing up now, growing up now quickly
- Bad ass, you guys.
Oh, damn.
It's your last show of the day.
Go for it, kid.
Now the drummer wants one.
It's gonna be the last show of our career in a second.
How many more are the...shit. Shit. - Wait, do you have a tree that grows those? What are you doing? - It's really great that you guys are getting us drunk for the like the one show where all these people have cameras.
It's perfect.
- That guy wants one back there.
Put your hands back up.
- That's okay.
Worse things have happened.
Let's keep playing music.
- Hey.
Do you guys want to sing a song with us right now? - Fully.
- Alright.
Let's do this one.
Yeah, I will take your side
You make me feel like I've been waiting my whole life
And I could die
To find that simple kind of love You can't deny
Just say it
I wanna believe in your love again Despite what anybody says
Cause it ain't enough to mean it When you feel it once
And you know it So just say it
And you're just sitting in the back of the car
Just sucking on your cigarette But your eyes, they sold you out again
They always do, so say it Just say it
Or at least kiss me just to shut me up
I will take your side
You make me feel like I've been waiting my whole life
And I could die
To find that simple kind of love You can't deny
Just say it
Been talking about it until I killed my voice
But it didn't change a single thing It's that simple truth
That always means the most to you And you know it
So just say it
And we were spilling wine on your best friend's bed
When you said this was ridiculous And you kissed me just because
You knew it'd shut me up All right well then say it
I will take your side
You make me feel like I've been waiting my whole life
And I could die
To find that simple kind of love You can't deny
Just say it
Say it like you mean it Say it like you mean it
Baby won't you stay awhile? Say it like you mean it
Say it like you mean it
I'm begging you, baby won't you stay awhile?
Yeah, I will take your side
You make me feel like I've been waiting my whole life
Yeah, I will take your side
You make me feel like I've been waiting my whole life
I will take your side
You make me feel like I've been waiting my whole life
And I could die To find that simple kind of love
You can't deny And I could die
To find that simple kind of love You can't deny
Just say it
- Thank you.
- I feel like it's a barful of trouble-makers today for some reason.
You guys sticking it out? How many days? How many days has it been? What time is it? What day? - Where are we? - What day is it? - Yeah, what day is it? I was trying to figure that out earlier.
- Three days? Four days.
Who's been here for four days? - Veterans.
Who's been here longer than four days? Damn! We've been here for four days, and it's rough.
- Okay.
So you guys wanna hear a song we wrote and then memorized? - Check it out.
With every beautiful new sight I see that perfect golden light
Against your eyes Tried to hold it up
Try to live it up Seal it with your touch
Everything at once
You only get what you put into this life So how could anybody be living in a bad
dream
Ooh, when you got this open road And the sun is shining
How could anybody be living in a bad dream
Oooh, with the top down drivin slow
All the love that I know
How could anybody be living in a bad dream
Last night my dreams were on TV
I stepped away to watch the world play out in front of me
Sorrow in your eyes isn't a real life
Its good enough for me, good enough for tonight
You only get what you put into this life
So how could anybody be living in a bad dream
Ooh, when you got this open road And the sun is shining
How could anybody be living in a bad dream
Oooh, with the top down drivin slow
All the love that I know
How could anybody be living in a bad dream
Dream Dream
Dream
Dream, Dream, Dream Dream, Dream, Dream
Ooh, when you got this open road And the sun is shining
How could anybody be living in a bad dream
Oooh, with the top down drivin slow
All the love that I know
How could anybody be living in a bad dream
Dream, Dream, Dream Dream, Dream, Dream
Dream, Dream, Dream
- It felt weird singing about the sun shining, you know? But it's okay.
I like the idea that you do it anyway, you know? Whatever.
I mean, whatever.
- Are you guys happy right now? Do you guys feel happy? It's incredibly good news to hear that from all you guys.
- You guys hot? - From all your mouths.
- No? - Not hot? Great.
That's excellent.
- Kind of muggy, right? I mean, you're headbanging, so of course you're hot.
- Who's headbanging? That guy's headbanging? Yeah, dude! - He is fucking headbanging.
He's having a good time.
Alright.
- They're cuttin' us off.
- Hit it! Well I'm slowly waking up To the screaming southern sun
Marching straight at me Like soldiers through my eyes
And is this all I'll ever be? Just so hungover in your sheets
And I'll be wondering about that all my life
But it's alright It's getting better all the time
It's alright Yeah, it's alright
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever You know we're falling together
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever And it just keeps getting better
Well I sit up on your bed And you just biting at my neck
You're begging, "Baby, please don't Baby, don't you leave"
But I gotta go and write these songs So you don't have to get a job
And you just smile at me and drift back into sleep
But it's alright It's getting better all the time
It's alright Yeah, it's alright
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever You know we're falling together
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever And it just keeps getting better
Whoa, oh, oh, it keeps getting better Whoa, oh, oh, (I said) it keeps getting
Whoa, oh, oh, it keeps getting better
Whoa, oh, oh, it's whatever forever
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever You know we're falling together
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever And it just keeps getting better
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever You know we're falling together
And when the sun comes up Like it always does
It's whatever forever And it just keeps getting better
I went and wrote this song So you don't have to get a job
So just keep laying there and smiling in your sleep
- Thanks.
- Man, thank you guys so much for coming and hanging out with us today! It's badass, you know.
You never know if anybody's gonna show up to these things, and when they do, it feels great.
So, we have a new album coming out.
It's coming out in April.
- It's called Kids in Love.
Do you guys know that? - You four.
Are you kids in love, or what? - You guys are...fucking trouble, all around.
- I like these people over here.
- Boozing the band.
It's called Kids in Love.
We're so excited about it.
We're so excited to be playing these new songs off of it, and we're so excited to be sharing 'em with you.
Thanks for hanging out with us, and I don't know, you guys want to play another new one? - Yeah.
- Before my voice completely blows out? Let's get it done.
Yeah.
- All right, true story, check it out.
I've been drinking too much Not been thinking enough
She's been coming around but I've been gone
I've been taking my time Always walking that line
Between what I know is right and what is wrong
Just another day of growing up I get stuck in my romance and
I can't win no matter what I say But you love me anyway
Oh you know I love you But no I am not a saint
Oh I make stupid mistakes But you love me anyway
Oh I forgot your birthday And yeah I show up late
Oh I'll get it right someday 'Cause you love me anyway
I've been smoking too much But I'm giving it up
I feel this air in my lungs so won't you stay?
'Cause I go crazy sometimes Always think that I am right
You my love in my life forever babe
Just another day of growing up I get stuck in my romance and
I can't win no matter what I say But you love me anyway
Oh you know I love you But no I am not a saint
Oh I make stupid mistakes But you love me anyway
Oh I forgot your birthday And yeah I show up late
Oh I'll get it right someday 'Cause you love me anyway
Oh-oah-oah-oah Oh-oah-oah-oah
Oh-oah-oah-oah-oah Yeah you love me anyway
I've been drinking too much Not been thinking enough
But I'm coming around so won't you stay?
Oh you know I love you But no I am not a saint
Oh I make stupid mistakes But you love me anyway
Oh I missed out your birthday And yeah I sure can stay
Oh I'll get it right someday 'Cause you love me anyway
Oh-oah-oah-oah Oh-oah-oah-oah
Oh-oah-oah-oah-oah Yeah you love me anyway
Oh-oah-oah-oah Oh-oah-oah-oah
Oh-oah-oah-oah-oah Yeah you love me anyway
- Thank you, guys.
- That's a super easy song to sing at the.
.
- So, fun fact about the Mowglis: We do this to make you guys feel good.
We want you guys to leave here feeling better than you guys came in.
We hope you do.
That's, I feel it's-- we dubbed it our job, you know, just to make people feel good, and trying to make you guys feel good, it makes us feel good to make you feel good, so let's feel good.
This song is called "I'm Good, " and, our drummer's not ready to play it yet.
- That was a really good-- - I know.
But he is ready.
So this song is called "I'm Good.
" Don't be shy, y'all.
- You guys know this one? Help us out.
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
Trying to figure out who I am Or who I'm supposed to be
Feel good about where I stand So I can make the most of me-I'm
Coming back down from space A million miles away
There's a lot of love in this place (Oh) And I'm just trying to say
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
It's been a long time living this way Worrying what people say
Feeling like I won't fit in But I won't give up, no I won't give in
We're looking for something more What you're really looking for
It's been with you since you were born Since you were born
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
You only live once I'm good with myself
I'm there for my friends Til the very end
You only live once I'm good with myself
I'm there for my friends Til the very end
I wanna see another love revolution Find a way to be a better person
If we come together like we should We could all be good
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good Living life just like I should
Wouldn't change it if I could I'm good, I'm good, I'm good
- You guys have been absolutely fucking amazing.
Thank you for that.
- Thank you so much.
All right.
We got one more song for you.
Wait, what? Oh, should we do two or one? - Should we write a song right now? - Let's do, let's do that one.
- Which one.
- Andy suggested, "Through the Dark.
" - Oh, I like that song.
- We're gonna do two more instead of one more.
I'm so glad you guys are cool with that.
- But I know somewhere out there, there's one guy that's like, "Fuck.
"You know, somewhere there's like some dude in the back who's like, he's like dude, I'm waiting for like Norma Jean to come on next or whatever.
- It could be a lady who's unhappy.
- It could be a chick, I guess.
I don't know.
This is a song that we wrote about how sometimes shit sucks, and how sometimes you just gotta get through it, and... - It's true.
- I mean, I could have definitely explained that better, but it's super hot, so it's fine.
- It's pretty spot on.
- Actually, there's probably not-- there's probably not a more articulate way to say that.
- Probably not much more you could say about it, really.
- No.
All right, this song's called "Through the Dark.
" We're getting close, for all that I know
But I take the most from things that I don't
And whether you're high or low, I'm breathing you in, like smoke
Yeah, I know I'm getting close to letting go
Losing sight of who you are, been growing worlds apart
Losing light, then something sparks We're shining through the dark
Shining through the dark
It's coming to me, I feel everything Yet we're not afraid, we'll never be
Cause whatever hurts the most, I'm breathing it out, like smoke
Yeah, I know I'm getting close to letting go
Losing sight of who you are, been growing worlds apart
Losing light, then something sparks We're shining through the dark
We're shining through the dark Shining through the dark
Everybody's gotta burn brighter Everybody's gotta reach higher
Everybody's gotta find their way out Everybody's gotta burn brighter
Everybody's gotta reach higher Everybody's gotta find their way out
Losing sight of who you are, been growing worlds apart
Losing light, then something sparks Losing sight of who you are, never gonna
find it living in the dark Losing light, then something sparks
We're shining through the dark We're shining through the dark
Shining through the dark
Everybody's gotta burn brighter Everybody's gotta reach higher
Everybody's gotta find their way out Shining through the dark
- Now we have one more for you.
I knew we'd get there.
- Yeah.
This is the end of the race, guys, we did it.
- Hey, this is our last song we have to play today, or get to play? - Yeah, all day.
Seriously.
- Yeah, so can we go ape shit? - Thank you so much for saying that.
- I think that that phrase could potentially be offensive to apes.
- Wow.
No, I mean.
Wait, maybe.
You're right.
Sorry.
- I don't know.
But we can go totally fucking crazy.
- Are you guys down with that? - Which might be offensive to crazy people.
- That might be offensive to crazy people.
- If there was an actual, an actual ape here, I wanna see him.
Like, pretty bad.
No, come on.
What are you talking about? What? What? - We mean primates, people.
- You guys want to hear another song? Yeah.
We are not good at talking to human beings.
- Nope.
We're apes! - If that ape was here, I'd be like, "What's up, dude?" This song is called universal language.
- Don't listen to us.
- San Francisco.
Sing it with us at the top of your lungs.
I've been in love with love
And the idea of something, binding us together
You know that love is strong enough,
I've seen time tell tales about that systematic drug,
Yeah that heart that beats as one It's collectively
Unconsciously composed
I lost my head in San Francisco, Waiting for the fog to roll out
But I found it in a rain cloud It. Was. Smiling. Down.
Do you feel the love? I feel the love C'mon c'mon, lets start it up!
Let it pour out of your soul
I've been in love with love
And the idea of something, binding us together
You know that love is strong enough,
I've seen time tell tales about that systematic drug,
Yeah that heart that beats as one It's collectively
Unconsciously composed
Do you feel the love? I feel the love C'mon c'mon, lets start it up!
Let it pour out of your soul
Do you feel the love? I feel the love
C'mon c'mon, lets start it up! Let it pour out of your soul
We are all the Mowgli's, thank you so much for being here! - Peace and love yall! - Thank you, guys! We love you!

Artist Bio

4 childhood friends from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, augmented by 3 mid-western transplants, The Mowgli's are a quintessential California band. Inspired by the magnetism of San Francisco, the grind of Los Angeles and the serenity of the Big Sur Coast, their songs are a joyous revival of rock n' roll, a twisting indie-folk dance and a heartfelt protest ballad.

Sliding from indie pop to country and a host of genres in between, the band evokes modern artists such as Fun., Grouplove and Edward Sharpe And the Magnetic Zeros, whilst having their roots in the music of Neil Young, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac.

Part 60's Laurel Canyon, part 70's Venice Beach and part 10's Silverlake, the band and the harmonies are held together by their message of universal love, peace and the belief that the highest form of consciousness is achieved by togetherness and unity.

Uplifting, collaborative, joyous and communal, their songs are a walk through their life thus far: Meeting each other ("Hi Hey There Hello"), experiencing together ("San Francisco", "The Great Divide", "I've Been Around"), fighting and making up ("Colin's Song"), emerging stronger ("Carry Your Will", "We Are Free") - their message is finding a foothold with fans from every walk of life, bringing people together under one roof to celebrate each other.

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