Chef back to making music
Over the past 32 years, Chuck Mosley’s career had enough starts and stops and bad luck to cause other musicians to ignore the songs running through their heads and simply stay at home and contemplate what could have been.
With tour dates that spanned Europe and the United States, two new releases planned over the next seven months and a re-issue by one of his previous bands, Mosley just may be finding solid footing again.
“It’s one of the things I still get paid for and it’s what I really love to do. It’s kind of like where my church is,” he said.
At one point, Mosley pursued life as a chef to support his family, but songwriting and singing never left his mind.
“Every time I go cook — and it doesn’t matter how much I’ve done — unless it’s a friend of mine, I’ve got to start over again, either prep or line cook or whatever. I have to prove myself every time and cook other people’s food for way less money. So I figured if I’m going to make no money, I should be doing what I love.”
Growing up near Los Angeles, he discovered that area’s punk scene. He joined Haircuts That Kill in 1984 until his longtime friend, Bill Gould, asked him to come up to San Francisco and sing with his band, Faith No More. Mosley’s rap and singing vocal style on the group’s first two albums, “We Care a Lot” and “Introduce Yourself,” went on to influence a generation of musicians but clashes within the band got Mosley fired.
Since then, he toured as the vocalist in the legendary Bad Brains and started the heavy metal act Cement, which ended when he broke his back during an accident. He went on semi-hiatus from music when he moved to Cleveland, worked as a chef, and took care of his two daughters.
“My first daughter, Erica, was born in Woodstock when I was touring with Bad Brains. We were always in a different city till she was 2 years old. Basically, I’d only see her for never more than two weeks to a month until she was 2 or 3 years old. It skewed our relationship. She was hiding behind mommy, ‘Who’s that?’ I said that wasn’t going to happen when Sophie was born.
“I was working on music and learning to be a chef. I usually worked at night. So we’d have a sitter and then I took care of her during the day while mom was working. Basically, I did the whole school-parties-and-playdates-stuff. We bonded.”
He admits that if his music career had taken off he would have been forced to make a decision but even after his 2009 album with VUA (Vanduls Ugenst Alliderasy), “Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food,” he continued work as a chef.
Now that his daughters are adults, Mosley is concentrating solely on writing and recording music and playing it live. He’s been performing solo dates and even joined his FNM bandmates for two shows that promoted the re-issue of that band’s debut album.
Fittingly, his current solo tour is named “Reintroduce Yourself.” It’s a nod towards one of the popular songs from his days as frontman in Faith No More as well as his approach for fans of his past work.
“Everything was pent up. For 20, years I haven’t been on tour; 13 years I was waiting for a record to get done. That was real frustrating.”
During last year’s solo dates, Mosley played acoustic guitar and was joined by Doug Esper on percussion. This time around, he’s added a second guitarist and bassist. The setlist will consist of material from all of his past bands including Faith No More, Cement, VUA, Haircuts That Kill and Indoria, Esper’s musical project that featured Mosley on vocals.
Concertgoers at the Chipper’s show on Aug. 6 may even hear new songs that he’s set to record with FNM producer Matt Wallace later this month.
Displaying his renewed career momentum, Mosley’s already recorded vocals for industrial rock supergroup Primitive Race, which includes a rotating cast of band members from Melvins, RevCo, Lords of Acid, Skinny Puppy and Prong, for an album that’s due in November.
While excited about how that turned out, Mosley’s positively jubilant about his forthcoming official solo debut, which he hopes to release early next year. “It’s so good that I can actually put my name on it. So all the naysayers are going to have to live with it.”