Moth “I See Sound”

Mike Piscitelli
Add Date:
May 15, 2002


The nervous energy and unpretentious playfulness of Moth could be a sure fire cure for all the bored denizens currently ensconced in the Alterna-Rock nation. The debut video for the first single “I See Sound” is a galloping romp that will appeal to the emo-core scenesters as much as it will to folks like us who like our rock a bit more elevated. Moth is from Cincinnati, Ohio and their new CD, Provisions, Fiction and Gear drops at retail April 9th, 2002. Virgin is thrilled about Moth and feel that they will be a huge force helping the recent resurgence of endearing and enduring underground rock music take hold. The video for the single “I See Sound” is edgy, explosive and clever, utilizing four different scenarios (all in the same apartment complex) to propel the story line.

On Provisions, Fiction and Gear, Moth are unafraid to give props to the bands they admire like Pavement, The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr. and the Meat Puppets, while exhibiting a sound that is fresh and completely their own (almost a thinking man’s “prog-rock Weezer”). Lead singer Brad Stenz twists joyful, unusual subject matter into off-kilter literate odes of youthful angst and self reflection. Fans of old-school rock will rejoice hearing all the musical references to classic rockers like David Bowie (glam guitars), Ray Davies (twitchy vocal nuances), vintage XTC (smart pop craftsmanship) and ELO (over the top, tuneful vocal and instrumental arrangements).

The CD was produced by Sean Beaven (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) and includes Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle) on drums and Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) on bass. The new permanent line up includes Atom Willard (Rocket from the Crypt) and Ted Liscinski.