Instrumental band from Johannesburg // Surf • Psychedelic • Garage • Rock n’ Roll
Chris: Guitar | Chris: Bass | Cale: Drums
The Moths are a surf-rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa, able to play with anyone while supplying any crowd with an irrepressible desire to get down and dirty to the surfiest beats. Since 2011, the instrumental three-piece has slowly been carving a name out for themselves with energetic and dynamic performances.
Highlights include touring with Desmond and The Tutus, The Make-Overs, and playing various festivals across the country including Smoking Dragon three years running, Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells and headlining the Vans Campsite Stage at Rocking The Daisies in 2014. They have opened for a bunch of international acts, namely Black Lips (USA), Night Beats (USA), Dune Rats (AU), Kil Kil (RE), The Golden Animals (USA) and recently supporting Allah-Las (USA) on their tour in both Pretoria and Cape Town.
The Moths enjoy finding their own sound, throwing in a lot of their punk, psych, garage and lo-fi influences into the mix. It’s fast and it’s hard, impossible not to groove to and will make you feel like you are in a Tarantino movie.
Waves, babes and COWABUNGA!
We had the pleasure of listening to their EP a few weeks back, which got us immediately excited and we decided to contact the guys for s short chat. This is how it went down:
Interview: THE MOTHS
Hey gents…. it is so rad to be chatting to you guys… Everyone doing well??
Yeah, we cool.
Before we get started, please can you introduce us to the whole band, tell us where do you guys come from in SA and how you guys met to form THE MOTHS?
Chris “Cobra” Bolton had started the band in 2009, purely to pursue his love of surf, Dick Dale, and reverb drenched guitars. Cale Waddacor joined the outfit next; bringing the drum sound that you hear now and Chris Corbett filled the gap on the bass guitar after original bassist Pier The Fiend emigrated to Scotland in 2013.
Who plays what part in the band?
Cobra on Guitar, Corbs on Bass and Wale Cale on the skins.
What are some of your influences and inspirations to the music that you guys make?
Speed, sex and sweat. We wanted to make fast and loud noise, it’s Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Meteors, if they were playing 500 times faster.
Do you mind telling us a bit about the name, THE MOTHS?? Is there a funny story behind it?
Nope. There’s no story, rather it’s about creating a sense of curiosity about what a band called “The Moths” is gonna sound like.
What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment?
The growth has been rad in the last couple of years. The dark years of absolute EDM and Drum and Bass bullshit seem to be over, and people are actually watching bands again. More kids though. Where the fuck are the 15 year olds sneaking into shows?
Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
PTA’s the Make-Overs are the best shit you’re ever going to hear. Black Math are the best band in Durban and goddamn amazing musicians. Heat City’s punk scene with Hours and (the now defunct) Meth Breath and Life Below are incredible. Cape Town’s bursting, and Retro Dizzy, Drunk Girls, The Gumbo Ya-Ya’s, Medicine Boy and Peasant are some of our favourites out’ve the West coast. We play with so many rad bands in Hate City that it’s hard to pick, but Bye Beneco, Martin Rocka and the Sick Shop and Sol Gems are always making waves in Joburg.
You guys have recently released your EP, TO HELL WITH… Can you tell us a bit about the album?? When and where is it available for people to purchase it? What we can expect from it?
The Moths have always had a focus on what the live performance is going to show you. With all the shows we squeeze into a calendar year, it’s hard to find the time to write new material, so this new release was the culmination of a year’s’ worth of songwriting that we didn’t hate, and songs we enjoyed playing, a kinda refresher course on what you had been seeing live if you were at our shows. It’s online, and it’s free at our Bandcamp. You can expect to get everyone to agree that you are one cool motherfucker when you’re spinning it.
HAVE A LISTEN NOW AT BANDCAMP: http://themothssurf.bandcamp.com/album/to-hell-with
Did you work with anyone on the EP that you think needs a special mention?
Pre-production took us two months of grind, restructuring and exploring, and none of that would have been possible without Martin Rocka, the goddamn King of Cool. Recording took place under the guise of the masterful Darryl Torr at Openroom productions.
Anything that you are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
Shaun Hill is one rad human being and he’s helped us put out a new range of slick threads that you can buy at shows. Keep an eye on the horizon on a forthcoming greatest tributes album that we wanna get out soon. Otherwise, get your arse off the couch and support your local bands at shows that are happening every single weekend around the country.
Where can we follow you on Social media?
Go out and get this rad album and get off that ass and show support for local music!!