Grunge/rock/metal outfit, Black Moth, are set to play The Cluny 2 in Newcastle this month so Reece Hanrahan caught up with the band to talk about their upcoming release and the current music stratosphere.
You’re due to release your new album ‘Anatomical Venus’ this month, but what led to you deciding on this to be the name of the album?
It’s based on a book vocalist Harriet discovered by Joanna Ebenstein about 18th-century wax model sculptures of women. They were for male surgeons to learn about female anatomy but the sculptures were just unnecessarily and even disturbing beautiful, sometimes even erotic. They were designed by men under the guise of their scientific purpose, but as Ebenstein suggests: there’s more to it than that. A surgical excavation into the spirit of women.
What can we expect from the album in general? Does it differ in any key ways from your previous work?
It’s our heaviest and most energetic work to date. All albums differ from their predecessors in that they are an ongoing evolution of the band. I feel that this is the album that is a statement about Black Moth; I think it’s the album where we have really come into our own as artists.
You recently released the track ‘Moonbow’ off the album as a single. Why did you feel this was an appropriate track to showcase the album?
Choosing singles is always a hard thing to do, especially on a record like this that has a lot of variety in the feel and tone of songs, so releasing a certain kind of track could mislead that the whole record would be like that. However, I think ‘Moonbow’ does a good job of representing the best of the album: heaviness, energy, melody and even a bit of weirdness.
Your sound has been described as “Like Electric Wizard meets Band Of Skulls in a dungeon”…do you feel this is an appropriate description?
Honestly, I don’t know. We have been described as so many different things by so many different people that it’s almost absurd! Everyone looks at music differently and it comes from their influences and musical upbringings. I’m not sure I personally get the Band of Skulls reference but I think what they are saying is that we are heavy (hence Electric Wizard) but still very melodic, which is true.
How do you feel about the current music stratosphere in 2018?
I’d say music at the moment is a mixed bag. Pop music, in my opinion, is the worst it has ever been. But the world in which I live in, which is mostly heavy metal, is better than ever. Because of the internet, new music is more accessible than ever and I’m constantly discovering incredible new bands. I would say that now is more exciting time than ever to be involved in heavy music.
Hypothetically, if time machines were real, is there any advice you now have that you wish you could give yourselves when you first embarked on your career?
I think, on the whole, the band has been very lucky to avoid a lot of the “music industry bullshit” you can fall prey to. We’ve had our fair share of dodgy promoters who never paid us, or people trying to take advantage of us in various ways. We are all level headed and pretty grounded so have managed to avoid that stuff. Honestly, I’d just tell us to keep doing what we were doing: play live shows, work hard, hone your craft and the rewards will come.
Black Moth plays The Cluny 2, Newcastle on Monday 12th February. Tickets, priced at £9.00 in advance, are available from thecluny.com.