Photo: Dom Wallace

North-East London’s anthemic, wonky alt-rockers The Moral High Ground release their new single and music video Take The Cash via Glasshouse Records.

Written and recorded during the start of lockdown, ‘Take The Cash’ is an introspective and reflective memoire seen through the lens of bandleader/songwriter Danny Smartt, as he navigates his new way of life after being forced out of his job as a sound engineer due to venue closures. As Smartt explains, his circumstances led him not to be able to qualify for the government self-employment grant at the time: “I had to get a job at a supermarket [at the start of lockdown] to pay the bills and I found £20 on the shop floor. I kept it but I felt like a dick and it inspired me to write a silly song about it!” 

Referring to a time during the pandemic when we couldn’t get away from the words “fake news” and we gathered secondhand information through our friend’s-housemate’s-brother’s-colleague’s-auntie, Smartt also adds “It’s also about being frustrated with people who think they suddenly know everything. It’s okay to have no idea what’s going on!”

Held together through a muscular production and a thread of melancholy, ‘Take The Cash’ sits next to a music video produced by London’s Little Wind Productions, depicting an intrusion unfolding during a support meeting of sorts, following people resorting to unhealthy solutions to their problems as the meeting descends into chaos and disarray.


As a former member of London bands Honey Lung and Qlowski prior to becoming the current guitar/keys player for Alien Tango, The Moral High Ground emerged in 2018 after Smartt assembled his live band and released two online demos, a music video, a cassette tape and a recent self-released single at the start of February. Existing somewhere between Dinosaur Pile-Up, King Gizzard and Horsey with equal measures of off-beat riffs, guitar-based jazz and melancholic indie-pop, The Moral High Ground’s early live shows have already left quite an impression.

Take The Cash’ is available on all major streaming platforms and pay-what-you-want digital download through Glasshouse Records’ Bandcamp here, alongside their February single Sad Buffoon.

Upcoming Shows:
Saturday 16 April – Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes (Single Release Show) – Free Entry Ticket Link via Dice

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