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The Moots collide with NZ Music Month on tour

May 12th, 2016 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News, News

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Every month is New Zealand Music Month for Auckland Indie rockers The Moots, says frontman Gabriel Everett.

The band has just played in Wellington as part of their autumn tour, colliding perfectly with New Zealand Music Month.

“It’s amazing seeing the focus of the music industry swing onto local acts, but one month out of the year is quite a small time frame,” says Everett.

“We’re involved every month of the year.”

The band made up of frontman Gabriel Everett (20), bassist Guy Beca (19) and drummer Alexandre “Zander” De Reuck (20), have been around for about seven years now, meeting through the School Of Rock in Auckland which mentors up and coming bands.

Since their inception the band now have two Smokefreerockquests – including a second placing in 2013 – and a debut EP under their belt, soon to be followed by a full length album.

Everett says the new album derives heavily from funk influences.

It moves a bit further from the more rocky sound in their first EP, which came out in early 2014, and which Everett describes as a “shallow, tepid exploration of what could be done with funk”.

“We’ve dived well and truly into funk, artists like Sly and the Family Stone, George Duke, Rick James, Earth Wind and Fire. Of course Prince has also played a big part in our sound change.”

Everett also says a lot of aspects of disco and boogie have been incorporated, including the fact the band has now turned from a three-piece guitar, drums and bass to a four-piece with the addition of a keyboard.

The new album, which will hit the internet in a few months if all goes to plan is hoped to get a big response.

“We’re pretty stoked with what we’ve come up with but I definitely expect it all to change during recording.”

In the future of The Moots, Everett says he wants to keep going strong through singles, more new music and videos and many more concerts.

 

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