Detroit singer/songwriter Chloe Moriondo's 2021 album Blood Bunny captures their personality perfectly. It's an album that's as gory as it is introspective, and whether you're a fan of horror, pop-punk or both, you'll fall in love with Chloe's songwriting.
To celebrate the release of their new single, Favorite Band, which features on Blood Bunny, we're getting you up to speed on all things Chloe Moriondo. Read on to learn more about Chloe's music, as well as how they've gotten to where they are today!
Who is Chloe Moriondo?
Music's always been a part of Chloe's life, for as long as they can remember. Speaking about the role of music in their life growing up, they tell DIY, "I just remember growing up around music, and watching all those talent shows with my family when I was younger. I’d sit under the coffee table while the rest of my family were on the couch and we would watch American Idol or America’s Got Talent.
"I’d watch [the younger contestants] and be like, ‘I wanna be that cool and make my own music and perform when I’m older’. It was never really a choice; it felt like this was all I ever really wanted to do.” They first started uploading covers to YouTube in 2014, amassing an audience of over three million subscribers. As their channel took off, they began to explore their love of songwriting, with 2018's Rabbit Hearted, as well as their 2020 Spirit Orb EP.
Part of what makes Chloe's music so endearing is the openness of their lyrics. Chloe's music touches on love, with Samantha, a song about Chloe's girlfriend, proving to be one of the highlights of Blood Bunny. Speaking about the track to The Alternative, Chloe explains, "I think that being honest and sensitive and willing to be open with your audience is the most important thing in anything that I make. I want the songs to sound like something that would actually come out of my mouth, to feel conversational."
What does Chloe Moriondo's music sound like?
The music on Blood Bunny varies in sound, but it all showcases their pop nous. Speaking to Alternative Press about writing the songs for the album, they say, "I wanted to be able to make super big indie punk rock-sounding songs. I also really wanted to be able to make crazy crunchy hyperpop that’s glossy and produced but crazy and wild and fun at the same time.
"I think being able to mess around with so many different sounds opens so many different doors for me, and I’m really excited to be able to mess around after this album. There are so many songs off this album that I am so excited to be able to play live."
The album also features references to horror films, such as on I Eat Boys, a nod to the cult classic film Jennifer's Body, starring Megan Fox. It's a track that's both vulnerably and shocking, and as a result it makes a huge impression. Speaking about the track, Chloe says, "I wrote that song as a way to vent my hatred for the percentage of the male population that is terrible", which lyrics like "Pull out your teeth and take your soul/Stir some blood into the punch bowl" definitely conveys.
The music video for Favorite Band features a lot of Chloe's influences, with appearances from the likes of All Time Low, Simple Plan, Pierce The Veil and more, with the lyrics shouting out Hayley Williams/Paramore. It's a great tribute to the artists that have influenced their sound, and it gives an insight into where their love of music comes from.
Speaking to NME about the clip, they say, “I would die probably if (Hayley Williams) heard anything that I did. It would be cool. That would be such a starstruck little moment for me if she ever even knew who I was or listened to my stuff at all. I definitely would be nervous because I’m always nervous and insecure about showing my new stuff to people I admire.”
“There are bands that have made songs that I have basically grown up to and now some of those bands follow me back on Instagram. I’ll DM someone on Twitter and they’ll answer me and I’ll be like “Woah!” It’s so surprising to me that there are so many cool people in music that I’ve admired for so long that now I consider friends or acquaintances.”
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What's next for Chloe Moriondo?
Blood Bunny is heavier in sound than the music fans may have heard in the past, and that's exactly how Chloe wanted it. Speaking to DIY, they explain, “I feel like I’ve always wanted to make the type of music that I’ve been able to make now.
"It’s crazy that I finally am! I’ve always loved the softer side of my music, and I’ve obviously released a lot more stuff that is softer, or just me and a ukulele. But over the past year, I really wanted to make music that sounded and felt bigger; that moves people in a different way than my older stuff would.”
Blood Bunny marks the start of an evolution in Chloe's sound, and it's exciting to imagine where things are going next. Stay tuned for more from Chloe - if you're a fan of pop-punk (or horror), then you'll want to be along for the ride.