Friday, 8 June 2012

British Underground 004: Black Moth

Black Moth; garage, punk and stoner all rolled into one mighty sounding mess. May 7th 2012 saw the release of The Killing Jar on New Heavy Sounds. Check out a track from the album below.

Give us a brief history of the band
Black Moth are Harriet Bevan - vocals, Jim Swainston - guitar, Dave Vachon - bass, and Dom McCready – drums. We formed in 2010 from the ashes of Leeds-based garage rock band. Increasingly seduced by the brutal and hypnotic lure of the riff, we emerged translucent-skinned and bleary-eyed from our cocoon in a sinister new amalgamation of stoner rock, proto punk, grunge and doom. We put our first single out on a DIY label called High Magick Records that we set up with James Atkinson of the mighty Gentlemans Pistols (who also produced the record) and then we met the guys from New Heavy Sounds. We initially did a split single with them, and had a track featured on one of their brilliant compilations. We have just recently (May 7th) released our debut album The Killing Jar, which was produced by Jim Sclavunos of Grinderman, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, etc.

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
It’s hard to define what "underground" means but if we're talking anti-mainstream, Electric Wizard are about as unfriendly as it gets! Plus our good friends Blacklisters and Normal Man from Leeds, who kindly supported at our album launch, are relentlessly unpleasant and decidedly lacking the "X-Factor" whatever the hell that means. And for DIY ethics, hats off to Gentlemans Pistols, That Fucking Tank, Nope and Gum Takes Tooth - all killer pop groups.

What are your plans for the future?
We will be touring all over the UK this summer as well as playing a couple of festivals including 1234 in Shoreditch and Tramlines in Sheffield. We'd like to take the show to Europe again later this year as well as frankly, we've had the most fun in our musical lives on the road in Germany!

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
Alas, it's probably Facebook for most up to date info. But if you can't hack that, we have a website which we are rubbish at updating.

If you like this and want to find some more great new bands there's a whole series about the British underground scene.

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