Moontower, The Holy Dark
219 South 600 West
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Watch & Listen
When NIGHT RIOTS first broke out on the scene, the Los Angeles-based quintet was touring in support of Howl, their critically acclaimed EP featuring the hit single “Contagious,” which shot to No. 1 on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation while amassing over 4.5 million streams.
The EP drew comparisons to The Cure (MTV) and The Killers (Earmilk), was described as “new wavey bliss” (Billboard) and saw the band praised for their “anthemic, synth-laden rock” (Spin).
The band (vocalist Travis Hawley, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg, guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw and drummer Rico Rodriguez) played hundreds of shows in sup-port, sharing stages with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Morrissey, Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, OK Go, The Mowgli's, Angels & Airwaves and many more, while also garnering praise from the likes of KCRW, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, Nylon and AV Club, among oth-ers.
A year later they returned with the much-anticipated LOVE GLOOM, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, Spoon, The Strokes) and recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.
As for the album’s production, Hawley says, “Love Gloom was a first for us in a lot of ways. In the past we had always taken a more paced stance on recording, tracking a few songs, taking a break and then writing more. This time we wrote and wrote and wrote until we had a huge collection of songs. We then refined and rehearsed them at our home studio until we felt like an album was speaking to us. We live in a time where through the aid of computers, music and art can be digitally squeezed, quantized, pitch-shifted, wrapped in cool packaging and shoved out into the market. But Joe Chiccarelli urged us to leave the nuances, take risks and let the music be real. When we discussed records that inspired us we realized that they were vul-nerable, with flaws and eccentricities that made us able to connect not only to the music as a whole but to the players performing as individuals. And we wanted that. It was important to us that our music be as real as possible and to allow our individual personalities to combine to create the whole.”
The result is LOVE GLOOM, an album Buzzbands described as “the sound of urban des-perados wandering rain-slickened streets, hearts playing tug-of-war with hope and despair.”
Among the album’s many highlights is “Nothing Personal,” “Fangs,” “Breaking Free,” and “Don’t Kill The Messenger,” all part of a collection of songs filled with moody-but-danceable melodies and atmospheric arrangements. The band toured in support of Love Gloom with the likes of Andrew McMahon, Atlas Genius, The Hunna and The Maine before setting out on their own headlining tour, selling out shows across the US and UK.
As of 2019 Night Riots has amassed over 74 million Spotify streams and is currently wrapping up their sophomore album at Palmquist studios in LA before embarking on a headlin-ing release run as well as UK festival debuts in Reading and Leeds.
Moontower was started as a solo project of Belial in 1993 under the name Funeral Moon. In 1996 rehearsal tape was prepared and Belial decided to change the name to Moontower. Nothing has happened until 1999 when new members joined: Seth (guitar & vocals), Amaimoon (bass & keyboards) & Rafał (as session drummer). Amaimoon & Rafał both left the band in 2002 and after that few recording sessions went with the usage of drum machine, until the full line-up was crystallized in 2005.
Currently Moontower is:
Belial: guitar & vocals
Seth: guitar & vocals
The band always underlined in their interviews that their main purpose is to be anti-christian, as the catholic church is a truly disease in Poland.
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