|Something different, yet accessible. Mog's songs are mostly indie rock, with a pop twist.
It's a modern style in which melody is king. Mog's songs are evocative and edgy, featuring a unique blend of angst, wit and insight.
Mog was a Grand Prize Winner in the prestigious 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a Winner in both the 2010 and 2012 Great American Song Contests, and a Winner in both the 2009 and 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest (France).
Mog was also a finalist winner in the International Songwriting Competition in 2007 and 2008. To quote the New York Times, this "is the songwriting competition to take note of".
Bright White Teeth is played on Australia's nationwide Triple J radio network, who've praised "the power of the driving verses and catastrophically catchy chorus" proclaiming "it's an anthem".
Mog's successes include:
> TV - CBS' "CSI: NY", Season 6 Episode 20 - aired 6 May 2010 (US)
> TV - E!'s "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" - aired 9 Oct 2011, 31 Jul 2011, 17 Jul 2011 & 29 Aug 2010 (US)
> TV - MTV's "Challenge: Rivals II" - aired 31 Jul & 11 Sep 2013 (US)
> TV - E!'s "I Am Cait" - aired 9 Aug 2015, and 6, 20 & 27 Mar 2016 (US)
> TV - Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club" - aired 16 Apr 2012, 8 & 15 Oct 2012 (US)
> In-flight placement - Virgin America - June to Oct 2011 (US)
> TV - MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans" - aired 21 Jul 2010 (US)
> TV - E!'s "Stewarts and Hamiltons" - aired 9 Aug 2015 (US)
> TV - MTV's "Teen Mom" - aired 2012 (US)
> TV - E!'s "Married to Rock" - 28 Nov 2010 (US)
> TV - History's "American Pickers" - aired 2011 (US)
> TV - Foxtel's "W Channel" promo - aired May 2010 (Aust)
> TV - E!'s "Spin Crowd" - aired 21 Feb 2010 (US)
> TV - MTV's "The Real World: DC" - aired 13 Jan 2010 (US)
> Grand Prize Winner - 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (US)
> Winner - 2010 & 2012 Great American Song Contest (US)
> Winner - 2009 & 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest (France)
> Finalist (Top 10) - 2009, 2011, 2017 & 2019 Australian Songwriters Association Contest (Aust)
> Finalist - 2007 & 2008 International Songwriting Competition (US)
> Finalist - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 & 2018 Great American Song Contest (US)
> Finalist - 2013 Song of the Year Songwriting Contest (US)
> Finalist - 2011 & 2014 UK Songwriting Contest (UK)
> Finalist - 2010 & 2012 Musicoz Awards (Aust)
> Nominee (Rudy Brandsma Excellence in Songwriting Award) - 2011 Australian Songwriters Association Contest (Aust)
> Finalist - 2009 Mike Pinder's Songwars Songwriting Competition (US)
> Finalist - 2008 Independent Singer-Songwriter Association Song Contest (US)
Bright White Teeth has been praised by JJJ for its "classic indie rock sound and structure that echoes early REM".
In 2012 Triple J's 'The Good Doctor' described All Good as a "bloody lovely song".
Mog has also been a featured artist on JJJ's Unearthed podcast during which they commented: "this fella knows how to put a song together; the structure is very defined and the singing is purposeful - Mog is a guy who's got stuff to say".
In 2011 RiotACT said they "can't get enough of this old school indie rock - five stars".
Mog's first album "Nine" was released in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim.
Their second album "Seldom Seen" was released in 2010 and attracted plenty of attention with two of its songs winning songwriting competitions.
Mog then released an EP, "Faux", in 2012, which included a song that won the Great American Song Contest.
This was followed up by an album, "Travel Light", in 2014 and and an EP, "Like Honey", in 2016, which were both critically acclaimed.
Their new EP, "The Night Outside", was released November 2018, and contains a few surprises.
Drums - Ben Spurrett
Bass - Brendan Eve
Guitar - Ross Rudd
Vocals & guitar - Daniel Maguire
The future? Mog will keep writing and playing good songs - watch this space...