OUT NOW: Bones... for anyone who vaguely cares, is loosely based on the novel ‘Candide’ by the 18th Century enlightenment thinker Voltaire. Go read it, its quite funny if you like that sort of thing.
The bold new single ‘Bones’, from dirty indie blues duo, Moriaty is their latest slice of rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s bluesy hard rock format is similar to the likes of Royal Blood, Queens of the Stone Age and The Black Keys.
The edgy single opens with a pulsating bassline and snappy guitar chops that instantly seizes the listener’s attention. The heavy drums with crashing cymbals help fuel the songs relentless energy. The power of this track also lies within the lead singer and natural frontman, Jordan West whose anguished vocals and lyrics are loosely based on the novel ‘Candide’ by Voltaire, viewed from 21st Century eyes. The single’s official music video captures the band’s galvanic playing while two boxers fight head to head in the ring. The nasty combat highlights the amount of vigour that comes from this song and extends the songs appeal which already has skyrocketing views, gaining an impressive 10,000 views over the weekend.
The UK duo hailing from Devon have been lucky enough to work alongside fellow Devonian and bassist of stadium selling Muse, Chris Wolstenholme who features on bass in “Bones”. Moriaty are unconfined by the two piece phenomenon are known to collaborate with other musicians including rappers, singers, bass players and string sections.
The duos philosophy seems to be all about enjoying the music and having fun doing so.Jordan West According to guitarist/lead singer, Jordan West..
“Music is about escape, people sing songs because they want, for a few minutes to be in a different world” – Jordan
Their previous single ‘Esperanza’ which was featured on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show, is a blistering rock ‘n’ roll track with dirty blues riffs. Another stimulating track is “Dahmer blues” with its gritty rock tones that cross over into the White Stripes territory whilst managing to retain that sodden blues quality that sounds utterly authentic and completely natural.
‘Bones’ is set to premier the unveiling of the bands extraordinary new material, which will be showcased next month when they hit the road on a UK tour run. Promising to bring a wide variety of new music, I think Moriaty are definitely a band to watch out for in 2015.
About this time last year Jordan from Moriaty posted me their début album ‘The Devil’s Child’. I found it instantly appealing and it’s still getting airplay (I even listened to it this morning while walking the dog). If I’d have managed to do an album of 2014 the top 5 would have looked like this:
1. Moriaty – The Devil’s Child
2. The Xcerts – There is Only You
3. Fatherson – I am an Island
4. Charlie Simpson – Long Way Home
5. The Temperance Movement – Self Titled
Now I’m not blowing smoke up Moriaty’s collective arses by putting them at the top of the list…..nepotism may come into play a bit, but on the whole it was the album I listened to most, there must be a reason for that. So it’s great to start the year off with new tunes from those sure-to-be superstars from over the Tamar.
It’s also great to see a champion of the band who has a bit of influence putting their money where their mouth is with Chris Wolstenholme of Muse fame appearing on new track ‘Bones’ in both video, bass??? playing skills on the track and producing the track (are you listening Thom Yorke?).
‘Bones’ retains the usual vim and vigour you would expect from Moriaty with riffs so beefy you could stick them in a pan and serve them blue! But it’s possibly a bit slower paced overall that previous releases…..dare I say a bit radio friendly (well after the last release in Jealous MF, you could excuse it). Stick a pair of headphones on, crank it up and it’s a belter indeed!