INTERVIEW

“Somewhere on a British motorway, three men – a porn industry worker, an insomniac techno head and an aspiring author – stand watching a well-manicured male. “We’re outside a BP garage, just up the M4, looking at an Enrique look-alike with a well kept ponytail,” details Dave Lightfoot, the band’s bassist and guitarist. Three parts […]

“Somewhere on a British motorway, three men – a porn industry worker, an insomniac techno head and an aspiring author – stand watching a well-manicured male.

“We’re outside a BP garage, just up the M4, looking at an Enrique look-alike with a well kept ponytail,” details Dave Lightfoot, the band’s bassist and guitarist.

Three parts sleep depravation, multiplied by ‘varying states of intensity’; the Moths say they are so named because of the nature of the nocturnal lives they had been living up until the point of the metamorphosis into a band.

“I was writing music and working nights at a low budget British porn TV channel,” explains Dave. “Jon [beats and keys] was spending nights into days around east London techno clubs and James [vox] was working in the day and writing poems and short stories into the night.”

Having met at school, each member went their separate way, eventually forming the band in July 2006.
Wistful and romantic, The Moth’s literary influences flutter around a melodic backdrop as they proffer themes of love, arrogance and poetry with a seedy underbelly that’s manic, poetic, and alive.

As Dave tells us, the band’s musical and lyrical influences range from “The Smiths and Bowie to the Buzzcocks via Depeche Mode. Other influences include poets like Walt Whitman, debauched nights out and varying states of intensity.”

The critical love in is already well underway with Jon Kennedy, Zane Lowe and Mr. Lamacq on board, a handful of appearances at NME’s resident shindigs (Club NME) and an appearance at Brighton’s Great Escape festival in the bag.

With a raft of dates lined up throughout May, The Moth’s are well on their way to meet their aspirations for the year.

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