impact date – December 16th
“As brilliant as Flaming Lips, by which we mean it has the brightness, the sheer surface dazzle, of the Lips’ best music… with moments of transcendence and transplendence… it is lush, layered, often complex indie that references the last decade’s big boys of alternative rock” – The Guardian
“There’s a rock edge, a visceral rawness which reflects LA’s unique pressure cooker atmosphere… Underneath a desperate, pleading vocal The Moth & The Flame have a Krautrock sensibility, a bass-heavy physicality which adds to the bitter-sweet lyrics” – Clash
LA-based alt-rockers The Moth & The Flame have just unveiled the beautifully disturbing video to their first single, ‘Sorry’. It premiered in the US, with mtvU describing it thus;
“’Sorry’ peers at the quiet terror of 1950s suburban perfectionism, following a man whose house is full of life-sized dolls. The dolls – not alive, but not quite inanimate either – act as companions and perhaps judgmental observers as Mr Sweater-Vest becomes increasingly unhinged. Meanwhile the band performs the atmospheric track in the desert, a site that becomes ground zero for another bit of ‘50s history; nuclear testing.”
Click below to watch the ‘Sorry’ music video
‘Sorry’ itself is an intense, cathartic track, its chopping guitars, atmospheric edges, dream-bound vocals and radio-friendly hooks disarming the listener to the sorrow at its heart, drawing comparisons to Flaming Lips, Interpol, Radiohead and Sigur Ros.
It is taken from the three-piece band’s six-track debut UK EP, ‘&’, which has just been released has just been released on Hidden Records, distributed through RED/Sony, and was produced by Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace) whose unorthodox methods helped the band create these visceral, tempestuous songs.
The EP continues with ‘Winsome’, a percussive-heavy, dance-inflected track which conjures up the somnambulant atmospheres of John Grant sprinkled with the occasional flourish of ‘Tin Drum’-era Japan. ‘Silver Tongue’ woozily disorientates while ‘Monster’ showcases a musical blend of frenzy & beauty, which builds to a wild sounding jumble, yet never quite blossoms to resolution.
‘Holy War’ is a sparse, two minute hymnal, which seeps deep inside you, speaking of unnamed battles of the heart and mind while final track ‘How We Woke Up’ enters on a grinding riff that then melts into something altogether more unexpected, dramatic and yearning.
The Moth & The Flame are currently on a 12-country tour around Europe with Imagine Dragons. The band performed with them at Brixton Academy last week and also played London shows at Hoxton Bar & Grill, as part of the regular Gold Dust night, and a headline show at The Sebright Arms. They return to the UK with Imagine Dragons to play Portsmouth on Dec 13th.
The EP, ‘&’, is available now on iTunes from Hidden Records via Sony/RED