Friday, 9 October 2015

Feature: Me and The Moon (09/10/15)



Me and The Moon are a young indie pop / folk rock band based in Guildford, Surrey. Tamara Grzegorzek, Jonny Elstone, Luke Pettit and Jordan Lott have had a busy few months, playing across the UK (with dates including Victorius Festival 2015), last week they released their debut EP 'Run With Wolves' (2nd Oct) and they're receiving radio support, including 'Hold On' being BBC Introducing's track of the day in the South. This band is one to watch - they're going to be big! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Jonny Elstone (JE): I mean, both of my parents are music teachers, so I guess I just grew up with playing instruments and singing. Joined a choir and orchestras then ended up on the guitar. 
Tamara-Jane (TJ): I was probably about 5 or 6 in a school talent show singing some classic Britney when I first sang to a big group of people. After that I started learning the guitar and began playing for weddings when I was around 14, now it's all evolved from there. 
Jordan Lott (JL): I got into music when I was quite young, my parents got me into artists like Bryan Adams and Pink Floyd. From then I always wanted to play guitar and finally got my first guitar when I was around 10. 
Luke Pettit (LP): I suppose I was a bit of a late comer, so I was around 14 where I started drum lessons at school and started some school bands. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
TJ: I went to Isle Of Wight Festival this year and Fleetwood Mac headlined on the Sunday, Stevie Nicks is a god. 
JE: We played at Victorious Festival in the summer and I finally managed to see Johnny Marr, who's one of my guitar heroes. He played songs from his new album which I love as well as some Smiths tunes. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately? 
JE: I've been listening to a lot of Alvvays and Real Estate, our friends Honey Moon have just released a new EP which is well worth a listen! 
TJ: I've had the new Warpaint album on quite a lot recently too. 
LP: The new Lucy Rose album is great! 

3 Qs for Me and The Moon:

1. Why / how did the name 'Me and The Moon' come about?
TJ: I play a Luna acoustic guitar, and we were in a rehearsal room stuck for a name. I suppose it all just came off the back of that really. I think it suits the sound of the band. 

2. What's your favourite track on your EP 'Run With Wolves' to perform live and why?
TJ: 'Hold On' - it's a bit more upbeat so people move a bit more, and it's really comfortable for me to sing. People started singing along to the chorus at our show the other day, which was really nice too. 
JL: 'Hold On' is definitely my favourite too. I think it's the most energetic song and can really get the crowd going. 
JE: I really like 'Run With Wolves' live, as it was the single people have begun to pick up the words to that one too and it's a kind of call and response thing, so people really shout back and everyone gets involved. 
LP: I like how 'Been A While' develops musically when we play it live, we've changed up the arrangement from the record so it's a bit bigger and more exciting to play and watch.  

3. What process did you go through creating your debut single 'Run With Wolves', both musically and visually?
TJ: Musically, it was one of the first songs we worked on together as a band. I brought the lyrics and chords to a rehearsal and we started working out an arrangement. 
JE: We got a rough idea of the sound sorted out, then we recorded a rough demo in my bedroom. My friend James Bendkowski worked on the video. We sent over some videos we liked and he ran with the ideas. He's just set up 'Gatsby Video Productions' and is working on a few more videos at the moment, which all look great. 

Random Q:

If you had to, what colour would you dye your hair and why?
TJ: Funnily enough... I can't! I'm allergic to hair dye so it's gotta be all natural for me. 
JE: I'd probably go for a nice blonde, so I can have more fun...
JL: Maybe a purple or a turquoise. For that 'WOW' factor. 

'Run With Wolves EP' Review:
The EP opens with 'Hold On' and I can understand why it's a favourite amongst the band themselves, supporters and radio stations. The chorus is incredibly catchy, the guitar, bass and drums compliment each other with Tara's vocals leading the way, I'm this is fantastic live! 
'Coward's Escape' is an old school, light folk song, the lyrics stand out in this one as well as the beautifully layered vocals from the band. 
A particular track that stands out to me, and I'm not really sure why, is 'Been A While'. It's steadily intense and has a fantastic rock element to it, I think it's just an all rounded brilliant song. It's also been the main song that I've listened to over and over again in the past week... 
Finishing off the EP with their debut single 'Run With Wolves', this was the first song of theirs that I heard a couple of weeks ago and it pulled me into their sound and that was it. Again, there's beautifully layered vocals, brilliant guitar riffs and bass lines with a steady drum beat. It's got everything you want in a indie pop track, and you can really hear the influences of the likes of Lucy Rose, Alvvays and lyrically, Daughter - whilst still having a totally individual sound of 'Me and The Moon'. This is easily my favourite 2nd October release (there was a lot that day) and I've had it on repeat, and I'm sure you will too! 


See Mia and The Moon Live:
13th Oct: The Keystone, Guildford
14th Oct: Casino, Guildford
16th Oct: The Stoke, Guildford
18th Nov: The Workshop @ Roadtrip Bar, London

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