CHILLED OUT NEW SINGLE FROM CROSS-COUNTRY MUSICAL COLLABORATORS MOKE HILL REACHES 138,000+ PLAYS ON SPOTIFY, DEBUT LP TIME STOPS MOVING OUT NOW ON DANGERBIRD RECORDS
Listen to Moke Hill’s new single “Doing It Wrong” below
Listen to tracks from Moke Hill’s debut LP Time Stops Moving
RIYL: The War on Drugs, Real Estate, Eulogies, Water Liars, Beck,
Hiss Golden Messenger, Futurebirds, Kurt Vile, Lower Dens, Fleet Foxes, Laurel Canyon
*Moke Hill has been featured recently at Wired, Buzzbands LA, WDET & more
*Digital downloads of Time Stops Moving available for review & airplay upon request
“Gorgeous guitar textures and soaring choruses. The stuff of starry skies and wide-open spaces, the product of two Detroit natives having realized some semblance of a California dream.” – Buzzbands LA
“Essential summer songs.” – Ann Delisi, WDET FM, Detroit
“Exceptional, honest, evocative songwriting. An instant favorite from the first listen.” – iTunes
Aug. 26, 2015 – The new single from laidback indie rockers Moke Hill, “Doing It Wrong,” has now surpassed 138,000 plays on Spotify (and is fast gaining on the band’s most-streamed song to date, “Detroit,” which is currently at half-a-million Spotify plays). “Doing It Wrong” comes from their debut LP, Time Stops Moving, available now from Dangerbird Records.
A long distance internet collaboration between Ben Berry and Drew Phillips, the music of Moke Hill reflects the stark contrast between their home bases of Detroit and L.A., which informs the easygoing melancholy of their music. Moke Hill’s smoothly polished indie rock reverberates with both the blue-collar work ethic of their Midwestern roots and the sunny optimism of the West Coast. Their songs unfolded organically through the cloud, which sounds oxymoronic, but such are the times—this is how musicians now connect, both with each other and with fans. There is an undeniable craftsmanship to the melodies on Time Stops Moving,coupled with a probing lyrical earnestness that speaks to the virtues of suiting up, working hard and sticking with it until you touch people with something beautiful.
Stream tracks from Moke Hill’s debut LP Time Stops Moving
Berry and Phillips (the latter also of Dangerbird band Eulogies) first began writing and recording together as Moke Hill in 2013. Despite a friendship that dates back to their Detroit grade-school days, they didn’t get serious about making music together until Berry was in Chicago while Phillips was on the West Coast.
The self-release of Moke Hill’s self-titled 2013 debut EP and its sparkling single “Detroit” coincided with the dawning of the streaming era, enabling Berry and Phillips to access digital tools for sharing their music that were as intuitive as the tools they’d used to make their music. They set about being proactive in the social and streaming spaces in a natural yet industrious way and were able to connect with fans, generate media notice and make enough actual money on their own to be featured by Wired magazine as a DIY success story.
In 2015, with Berry settled back in a freshly energized Detroit and Phillips in Los Angeles with his former Eulogies band mate Peter Walker in the mix to help record Moke Hill’s follow up, Time Stops Moving became a virtual homecoming for far-flung friends. Beneath its upbeat melodies, gorgeous guitar textures and choruses that reach for the skies, Time Stops Moving brilliantly explores dark themes in turbulent times.