In Conversation with…MOSCOW

Stoke four piece Moscow, are currently working on their as-yet-untitled second EP, that will be released early 2014, as a follow up to their mega début, the Hell Fire EP, earlier this year. I caught up with the band to discuss their life as a band to date and what to expect from their next EP. Read on for more.

Can you give us a brief history of how you came together as a band?

We’ve known each other through various bands for a while – this seemed like the right time to get something together.

I’m sorry I have to ask, why Lizard Lords? What’s the meaning behind it? It’s a term that’s seeped into the very core being of the band as far as I’m aware, am I right in thinking this?

It’s to do with the simple fact that the world is run by blood drinking, shape-shifting reptilian overlords.

You’ve been creating quite a buzz around Stoke with your live shows. When can we be expecting you to come to Manchester or even just branch out to the rest of the UK?

There are plans afoot – we’re set to play Sheffield in December, and a Manchester gig is in the pipeline too. We’ll look to play further afield more often when the second EP’s done and dusted.

You’ve supported the likes of the mighty All the Young, Drenge and Catfish & the Bottlemen to name a few. Two questions here. Firstly, what was that experience like, to be on the same bill with arguably three of the best bands in the UK right now? And secondly, who would you love to tour with?

All great bands – always a buzz to play on the same bill as those guys. In terms of bands to tour with, those guys you’ve already mentioned would be a good shout. Might seem obvious but a tour with David Bowie wouldn’t go amiss – his recent album’s pretty popular at Moscow Towers.

You’re first EP, Hell Fire, has garnered you some very positive feedback and attention and rightly so from the likes of Xfm and Louder Than War to name a few. Was that the feeling you thought you’d achieve with the EP? It must be quite humbling and rewarding for the EP to have been taken so kindly to.

We’re confident in our music, but yeah it’s always great to see other people believe in it as much as we do. It’s nice to get a positive reception for both the EP/recordings and our live gigs. The live experience is a big part of what we do.

The Stoke music scene is quite the hive of activity right now, with bands like Camp Stag, Vellocet, Sound Casino, The English and many, many more flying the flag for the city. It’s so good to see a city that has a thriving music scene and that is really good at it also. Having said that, what are your thoughts on the music scene in Stoke and are there any venues that you would recommend checking out?

Yeah, it’s a good time for music in Stoke. These things tend to go through phases, and right now we’re lucky to have a time when there are loads of great acts about. To the list you’ve given I’d add South Wall Corner Club and Psyence. 

I think I can speak for everyone here and say that we are all highly anticipating your upcoming second EP. Can you give us a little insight into what to expect from that and when it’s going to be released?

We’re finishing writing for it, so I guess it’ll be early next year by the time it sees the light of day. All signs point to it being like “Hell Fire” fuelled by performance enhancing Euroshopper tea. Expect big tunes with a porcine theme.


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Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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