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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A NOISE ROCK Rose by any Other Name

Call them what you will — local trio moyamoya bring complex, textural, ambient, sludgy noise



Noise rock. Math rock. Instrumental ambience. Textural sludge. You can dream up a hundred different and accurate ways to describe local trio moyamoya’s sonic mélange. Instead of focusing on what they sound like, however, let’s focus on what Richard Dudley, Scott Madgett and Brennan Hamill have achieved. They bring a collective five decades of experience playing in bands on every point of the genre spectrum to the table — but they threw that experience out the window upon forming moyamoya in 2009 by switching all of their instruments (Dudley went from bass to guitar, Madgett from guitar to drums, and Hamill from guitar to keys and bass).
They took five years to polish six songs for their debut self-titled 12-inch, released in 2014 on Fort Lowell Records. When they perform around town at regular venues like 1904 Music Hall and Rain Dogs, they’re just as likely to play with fellow indie rockers like Twelve Hour Turn as they are to lay down break beats for MCs like Willie Evans Jr. and Paten Locke. When moyamoya aren’t playing club shows, they’re headlining benefits for organizations like the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality. They even opted from the very start to follow a fully instrumental path, eschewing vocals in service of sublimating their riffs to the highest possible pedestal.
“Instrumental music depends heavily on what the listener brings to it,” the band said in an email interview with Folio Weekly. “The context in which it’s heard can influence that experience. This interests us."
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Folio Weekly: We tried at the beginning of this story, but we’ll throw this one your way: How would you describe moyamoya’s sound?moyamoya: Since words aren’t our thing, we’d like to quote a write-up from Hans Werkman with Here Comes The Flood: “Exquisite noise from Florida.”
How has that noise shifted since the three of you started collaborating in 2009?When we started, we didn’t really know what our sound was. The first couple years were mostly experimenting. Some of the parts we wrote made the cut and are still played today, but most did not. We learned our strengths and weaknesses — and we’re still learning. Whether it’s composition, performance or recording, we like to think it’s the best we have to offer at that moment. Hopefully we’ll have better things to offer in the future.
Your self-titled 12-inch came out in 2014. Do you have more releases planned for the future?Yep! We’ve written most of it and have already started demoing. A couple of songs are currently in our live set: “Don’t Blow Out My Fun Candle” and “Enter: Pallbearer.” But the album will be a few months out, so in the interim, we have two more singles scheduled for release that are similar to the “Dedmel25” digital 45 we put out with Fort Lowell Records earlier this year, featuring a remix by Navigateur, an awesome musician and rad dude, Carlos Andujar. The first new single will be “Baracus,” featuring a remix by Keith William of WakeATL, followed by “I Heart Jet Noise” after that.
What’s different about the new material?The self-titled was the final product of many years of writing, discarding and revising as we found our process. This round, we know what our process is, so it makes writing much easier. We’ve also improved as musicians: The writing on the first album was done while we were getting comfortable after switching instruments. Knowing how to actually play makes the process much easier and more productive. But I think the major distinction between the first album and the singles or the next full length is our recording process. The first album was pretty much a live album; recorded straight with few second takes and mixed down. Now we take a lot more time, which ultimately makes for a better experience for the listener.
Let’s talk influences. Who do you guys cite?Similar instrumental bands like Mogwai, Battles, Don Cab and Tortoise. But we also pull from other musical interests: a hip-hop-esque break beat, a soul-inspired bass riff or a shimmery guitar tone that feels like shoegaze. If it sounds good to us, we go with it.
One review compared you to Polvo, a criminally underrated indie rock band. And you guys recently shared the stage with reunited Jacksonville legends Twelve Hour Turn.We are fans — and we agree, [Polvo is] very underrated. Quiet/hard, angular changes and drone are prominent in both Polvo’s and our style. They’re definitely part of our indie music vernacular. We love Twelve Hour Turn, and true love lasts forever. They were a huge influence on the local music scene back in their day, and it was a blast sharing the stage with them.
How big of a deal is it for moyamoya to represent that Duval/Jacksonville indie rock history?We’re all Jax natives and we’ve all been musicians here for years, so we feel very rooted in the local music scene. This city has put out great artists for generations and we’ve had the pleasure of playing with many of our favorites. There’s also context and how that can shape the musical experience. For the audience at a hip-hop show, a break beat might stick out, whereas for the punk or indie audience, a sludgy guitar riff might be more memorable.
How much touring has the band done in the past, and how much do you plan on doing in the future?We did two Southeast tours in 2016, and two shows in particular were memorable for us. We played Slim’s in Raleigh, North Carolina, with our friends and label mates, Band & The Beat. A rad hip-hop artist, FKB$, was on the bill, too. The other show we all loved was at Grantski Records in Augusta, Georgia. It was a last-minute addition to the tour, but the owner was so great about getting us in and getting people out. He even ordered pizza! There were only 20 people there, but in the tiny shop, it felt like 100. And everyone was into the music. Tons of praise and we sold a record to everyone there. It was one of those shows where you leave floating. The plan right now is to tour a couple of times in 2017, ideally once we release the three digital 45s we want to put out as a cassette in spring and again in the fall, after we get the album finished.
Final question: What local artists would you recommend?Our local hip-hop scene is worth paying attention to: Willie Evans Jr., Dillon, Paten Locke’s new Stono Echo project. Then FULL PLATE!, Seacycles, Birthday Pony, Wise River and Fjord Explorer. I’m sure we’re leaving someone out. There really are so many great bands here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

MOYAMOYA'S 'DED MEL 25 [DIGITAL 45]' IS OUT TODAY

Ladies and gentlemen, the brand new Digital 45 from Jacksonville FL's instrumental bad-asses, moyamoya, is out today and available for download!  It includes a sick remix by Atlanta GA's own Navigateur! Get your copy now from Bandcamp, Google Play, or iTunes; you can also stream it via Spotify.

Or, you can listen to it out right here, right now:

Sunday, September 4, 2016

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM BAND & THE BEAT


Band & The Beat
"Sweet as Honey"
Sweet as Honey [Digital 45]
Fort Lowell Records

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MOYAMOYA SEPTEMBER TOUR 2016

SEPT 9 - HBGB - BRUNSWICK, GA
SEPT 10 – THE WORMHOLE - SAVANNAH, GA
SEPT 12 – TIN ROOF - CHARLESTON, SC
SEPT 13 – GRANTSKI RECORDS – AUGUSTA, GA
SEPT 14 – 529 – ATLANTA, GA
SEPT 15 – THE STATION – CARRBORO, NC
SEPT 16 – ZOE’S – GASTONIA, NC
SEPT 17 – HOUSE SHOW – CHARLOTTE, NC

Friday, August 19, 2016

CHECK OUT NEW MUSIC FROM MOYAMOYA + BAND & THE BEAT

Listen to and pre-order now the brand new singles from both moyamoya + Band & The Beat!
 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

LA CERCA PLAY LOS ANGELES CA JUNE 6


Monday, May 30, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NAÏM AMOR LIVE IN PARIS


THE GOOD GRACES LOVE NORTH CAROLINA

Folks, Kim Ware of the Good Graces from Atlanta GA is coming back to North Carolina to play a solo tour and promote some new songs she has been working on.  All dates are scheduled with PotLuck Records' Jphono1, who is promoting a new album he just released.  Don't miss the Good Graces this week while they are with us!

May 18 - 2nd Wind, Carrboro NC with S.E. Ward 
May 19 - New York Pizza, Greensboro NC with Turbocondo (Joel Darden) 
May 20 - Oskar Blues Brewery / Tasty Weasel Taproom, Brevard NC 
May 21 - Dragonfly Wine Bar, Shelby NC 


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

NEW SYNTHPOP / ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA

Dream pop duo, Band & The Beat, have two brand new songs:
"Straight and Narrow" and "Jimmy's Jam!"  Check them out here:





Both songs will be officially released on Tuesday, March 29th...
But you can actually buy them now directly from Band & The Beat's own Bandcamp page!

ALSO, CHECK OUT BAND & THE BEAT'S NEW WEBSITE: www.bandandthebeat.com


Photography by Steven Haley

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

REST IN PEACE, THOMAS E. MCCLEERY

Thomas E. McCleery
(Edge City, Jacksonville FL)

1942-2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SAINT MAYBE LIVE PHOTO FROM CRESCENT BALLROOM (2013)

Saint Maybe - Live at the Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ - February 13, 2013
Photo by Sarah Johnson

Monday, February 1, 2016

MOYAMOYA LOVES THEM SOME VINYL RECORDS

Before leaving the Triangle Area of North Carolina, moyamoya made one more record store stop to pick up some vinyl to take back to Florida.  Here is a photo of moyamoya with Kirk Adam, owner of The Record Krate - the best underground (literally) record store in North Carolina!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

INDY WEEK WELCOMES MOYAMOYA TO NORTH CAROLINA

"A third of this Jacksonville, Florida, instrumental trio’s nine-day East Coast tour happens in the Triangle; they play Thursday at Slim’s and Friday at The Nightlight, too. The dates stem from a North Carolina connection, as Moyamoya issued a self-titled record back in 2014 on Fort Lowell Records, a label that started in Tucson, Arizona, before rooting itself in Raleigh. Moyamoya is a post-rock band but a captivating one, owing less to build-and-release composition than the abrasive textures of early Maserati records and the puckish humor and prickly tempo shifts of Don Caballero." —Patrick Wall

MOYAMOYA + MIDNIGHT PLUS ONE AT NIGHTLIGHT, CHAPEL HILL



Friday, January 29, 2016

FORT LOWELL RECORDS LOVES FREAKER USA


MOYAMOYA VENUE CHANGE FOR SAVANNAH GEORGIA

Folks, for moyamoya's show in Savannah, Georgia tomorrow - Saturday, January 30th - the venue has changed.  The show at The Erasery canceled, and the very kind people at QuoLab, who are hosting a fund raiser for Bernie Sanders, are welcoming moyamoya to be a part of their event.  Don't miss the show!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


About

Registration for voting in the Georgia primaries ends February 1st and poppa Bernie needs all the votes we can deliver! We'll have music, drag, food, fire, and information on voter registration.

Special guests:
Ganges Phalanges
https://gangesphalanges.bandcamp.com/
Melodic Punk from ATL

Moyamoya
https://fortlowell.bandcamp.com/album/moyamoya-moyamoya
Languid but lively instrumental post-rock from JAX

Yung Ubuntu
https://soundcloud.com/r3dsun
Atmospheric beats and visuals from SAV

Lotion in the Basket
https://soundcloud.com/lotion-in-the-basket
Deep House from SAV

AND DRAG BY SAVANNAH'S OWN HOUSE OF GUNT
https://www.facebook.com/gunthaus

Lavender Mist will be giving us a helpful demonstration on how to use a voting booth.

Get your livetweets ready for a masterful debate starring
LaZanya Ontré AS the radiant Bernice Sanders
Influenza Mueller AS the dastardly Donna Frump
Toyotta Mitsubishi AS the abuela-esque Hilary (that's just one L) Clinton
Rainé Rainé leads the proceedings AS "The Moderator"

BYOB + BBQ donations are always welcome
QuoLab is a Queer Safe(r) Space
$5 gets you in, a couple more bucks buys you food.
50% of all door sales will go to the Bernie Sanders campaign (with the rest going to the performers)

MOYAMOYA AT SLIM'S, RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA


Thursday, January 28, 2016

MOYAMOYA TRACKING DRUMS, RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA



MOYAMOYA IN RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA




morning photo by scott madgett

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RALEIGH + RALEIGH + CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA

moyamoya + Band & The Beat are about to take over the Triangel Area of North Carolina!   Catch them both together live, this week: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - January 27th, 28th, and 29th.  Two shows in Raleigh NC, and then one in Chapel Hill NC!  See y'all at the shows!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27
Schoolkid's Records
Raleigh, NC
w/ moyamoya, Band & The Beat
(ALL AGES)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28
Slim's Downtown
Raleigh, NC
w/ FKB$, moyamoya, Band & The Beat

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
Nightlight
Chapel Hill, NC
w/ Midnight Plus One, moyamoya, Band & The Beat





Sunday, January 24, 2016

MOYAMOYA HITS THE ROAD!

Tour starts tonight- Sunday, January 24th - for our fearless instrumental trio from Jacksonville FL - moyamoya - in Greenville SC at The Radio Room w/ People of Mars and Zombie Kissing Booth.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Note: Due to a family emergency, moyamoya did have to cancel for the first two shows of their tour.  We are sure they will be making up those shows in the near future, so stay tuned!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BAND & THE BEAT WINTER TOUR

Band & The Beat are coming for ya' Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, this Winter, starting this Sunday!  Be sure to "put on your red shoes and dance the blues!" 


BAND & THE BEAT - WINTER TOUR
JAN 17 - Neptune's Parlour - Raleigh, NC - w/ T0W3RS, Slang, Hotline
JAN 27 - Schoolkid's Records - Raleigh, NC - w/ moyamoya (ALL AGES)
JAN 28 - Slim's Downtown - Raleigh, NC - w/ FKB$, moyamoya
JAN 29 - Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC - w/ Midnight Plus One, moyamoya

JAN 30 - Norfolk Taphouse - Norfolk, VA - w/ Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why
JAN 31 - Galaxy Hut - Arlington, VA - w/ DKvDK

FEB 1 - The Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA - w/ Cool Ghost, Humanzee
FEB 2 - Motorco - Durham, NC - w/ Adrien Reju, Elijah Wolf
FEB 19 - The Cave - Chapel Hill, NC - w/ An Occassion For Balloons, TLVS
FEB 20 - Speakertree Records - Lynchburg, VA - w/ TLVS
FEB 21 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA - w/ Anousheh, Dazeases
MAR 2 - Tin Roof - Charleston, SC - w/ infinitikiss, Sweatlands
MAR 3 - The Erasery - Savannah, GA w/ Bands With Melody, Matt Aker

MAR 4 - 1904 - Jacksonville, FL - w/ moyamoya, Tambor
MAR 5 - 529 - Atlanta, GA - w/ Chelsea Shag, Big Brutus
MAR 6 - New Brookland - Columbia, SC - w/ infinitikiss, Grace Joyner

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THIS IS BOOK'S MOYAMOYA

SOME STUFFS: Winter tour announced for moyamoya
by John Book

Jacksonville, Florida will be in a bit of mourning once their homeboys of moyamoya depart for a tour this winter but they will be back in a few weeks.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Monday, January 11, 2016

BLURT MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS FORT LOWELL RECORDS

Yours truly (AKA: James Tritten) of Fort Lowell Records and Band & The Beat recently sat down with Blurt Magazine for a (quite lengthy, in my own words) interview.  Make a nice cup of tea, and settle in for a while.  Then, read here.


Here Comes The Flood - a weblog about music: moyamoya: Winter tour dates

Here Comes The Flood - a weblog about music: moyamoya: Winter tour dates: Florida post-rock noise experimentalists moyamoya take their all instrumental assault on the road this Winter. They are sharing the bill...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

MOYAMOYA WINTER TOUR

Alright folks, here it is... moyamoya's Winter Tour dates, starting with tonight - Sunday, January 10th - in Orlando, Florida:

moyamoya - Winter Tour:
Sun Jan 10 - ORLANDO FL - Uncle Lou's w/ Unamused Dave, The Eviction Notice
Fri Jan 22 - BRUNSWICK GA - HBGB w/ Gov Club
Sat Jan 23 - CHARLESTON SC - Tin Roof w/ Colorworld, The Give & The Take
Sun Jan 24 - GREENVILLE NC - Radio Room w/ People of Mars
Mon Jan 25 - CHARLOTTE NC - The Station w/ Cuzco, For the Byrds
Tue Jan 26 - WILMINGTON NC - Calico Room w/ Future Trip, whothefolklohr
Wed Jan 27 - RALEIGH NC - Schoolkid's w/ Band & The Beat (ALL AGES)
Thu Jan 28 - RALEIGH NC - Slim's w/ FKB$, Band & The Beat
Fri Jan 29 - CHAPEL HILL NC - Nightlight w/ Midnight Plus One, Band & The Beat
Sat Jan 30 - SAVANNAH GA - The Erasery w/ Fez the Immigrant, Beverly Tender


Saturday, January 2, 2016

HEY MANDIBLE GOES DEAF IN 2015

The Quaker Goes Deaf rate Hey Mandible's album The Arse #42 for their Top-50 Best of 2015 List! w00t!w00t!

#42:  Hey Mandible—The Arse   (Fort Lowell/Infintesmal)  New album from band out of Jacksonville, Florida—heavy guitar indie rock with psychedelic outer space noise blasts that mediate the volatile rock ‘n’ roll middle ground between power pop hooks and angry feedback/distorto riffs.  “The Arse” integrates noise and melody in a fluid, punch-you-out hug of addictively dark and challenging song structure, where distortion never overpowers, but always provides a muscular compliment.  These are songs that hit you hard with a punk-edged face-slap that has just the right amount of warmth & sting to call your back again.  500 copies on green marble vinyl, and the cover art by Laura Bearl is a trip. (The 50s housewife taking the smiling little broasted baby out of the oven has horns and furry, hooved legs.)   Similarities to bands like Dumb Numbers, Turn Me On Dead Man, Dinosaur Jr., Mission Of Burma, Black Level Embassy, Sonic Youth, Polvo, the Intelligence.  Hey Mandible play brilliantly angry, darkly accessible rock with an instinctual, gut-level roar of power that hangs on to the melodic groove for dear life.  Recommended.    
 

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