August 22, 2019
Most are familiar with the childhood fable, The Jungle Book, about a child named Mowgli who grew up in the jungle raised by wolves wearing underwear and no shoes. It’s also the inspiration behind the American alt-rock band, The Mowgli’s, who hail from LA and have an eclectic sense of style that is marked by glitter and the occasional floral print.
During a July trip to Washington, D.C., The Mowgli’s visited SoundExchange to participate in our Rooftop Concert Series. They sat down with us to share details on how the group was formed and how SoundExchange is helping to support their dreams of making and performing music. We also had a chance to watch them perform at D.C.’s Union Stage, where teenagers and parents alike packed the venue to listen to songs from their latest EP, American Feelings.
The band first started making music together in 2009 after the five childhood friends reconnected as working musicians in LA. They created a name for themselves by performing at farmers markets, cafes, offices, and even clothing stores. The group eventually uploaded their first single, “San Francisco,” to Bandcamp and booked their first West Coast tour shortly after.
Today, the group continues to turn everyday cynicism into feel good lyricism, with upbeat tracks like “Real Good Life” and “Mr. Telephone” establishing their “happy rock” feel. “There are so many bad vibes out there in the world, and if we are going to put time, effort, and energy into making something that we put out into the world, then I don’t think there’s any more room to contribute bad vibes,” said Katie Earl, the band’s lead singer. Watch the video below for some of the highlights from our interview with The Mowgli’s, and be sure to catch them on tour.