OCD: Moosh and Twist are driving hometown audiences crazy.
“We played the First Unitarian Church [in December] and it was awesome, but we were literally three songs into the set and somebody pulled the fire alarm,” says DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman-McRae. “The fire department came and the owner had to shut down the show.”
A February show at Union Transfer didn't fare much better.
“We sold that out and it got shut down, too” Coleman-McRae says. “There were drunk kids and a bunch of fights. At the moment it was terrible but people ended up talking about it and anybody talking about you is, for the most part, good.”
Overall it's been a good run so far for OCD: Moosh & Twist, and the future looks bright. The rapping, singing duo — Coleman-McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan — hit the scene with 2010's “City Kids,” a burst of effervescence and street slyness that sampled Journey. "City Kids" was viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube and set the foundation for their uplifting sound. The pair, independent to this point, recently released the free mixtape, “Back to the Basement.”
It's all about elevating your circumstances.
“We're having fun,” Coleman-McRae, 20, says. “There's positivity there because we're following our dream.”
They've been touring the eastern half of the U.S. with Huey Mack and are gearing up for a performance May 16 at the TLA. We're hoping they'll do a full set this time.
“One of the things we like the most is performing and looking out in the crowd and seeing kids singing and rapping along to the verses,” says Feighan, also 20. “It's such a crazy feeling. They might be stressed out or dealing with a girlfriend or family issues, but then they see us perform for 45 minutes and they forget about everything going on.”