St. Catharines, ON-based 7-piece Folk Rock/ Psych/ Americana band, Fat Moth has released a video for their newest single, “Oak and Elm”.
Check out the video below and find out all about the band via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Of course! Individually we are Jon Lepp (Singer-Songwriter/Guitar), Jordan Alexander (Lead Guitar), Joe Mahony (Drums), Jordan Phelan (Bass Guitar), Nick Braun (Keys/Synth), Josh Di Iorio (Vocals) and Graham Morley (Percussion). Collectively, we are Fat Moth, a 7-piece Folk Rock band based in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Storytelling is at the root of Fat Moth’s songwriting and live performance experience. Whether it’s championing local heroes from St. Catharines, skinny dipping along the Alaska Highway on route to Dawson City in the Yukon, adaptations of gunslinger Billy the Kid or a localized retelling of Tom Waits as “Lee Baby Simms” in the film Down by Law, Fat Moth is inspired lyrically by people they know and iconic characters, fictional or real.
Fat Moth’s high energy and explosive performance style takes Jon’s storytelling to new heights. Their outer space guitar playing, three-part vocal harmonies and hypnotic rhythm sections tips the hat to elements of Folk Rock, Psych, Prog and Americana that’s sure to get them toes a’ tappin’ and bodies a’ sweatin’.
At the end of the day, Fat Moth are a rowdy, lovable, laugh-taffy crew of friends making music together and embarking on adventures around Canada.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
The summer of 2019 will see Fat Moth follow up their 2017 EP on tour with their debut full-length LP, Tall Tales and Tricks, from Ontario to the east coast.
Tall Tales and Tricks Tour 2019
May 29th – Montreal, QC ——- La Sotterenea
May 30th – Fredericton, NB ——- Living Roots Music Festival
June 1st – Kingston, ON ——- The Toucan
June 7th – St. Catharines, ON ——- In the Soil Arts Festival
June 15th – Sudbury, ON ——- The Townehouse Tavern
June 30th – Hamilton, ON ——- Corktown Pub
July 17th – Toronto, ON ——- The Painted Lady
July 20th – Dunnville, ON ——- Turnip the Beets Family Music Festival
August 17th – Sarnia, ON ——- Refined Fool Brewery Co.
August 18th – Goderich, ON ——- The Staysh (House Show)
More Shows to Be Announced!
Our live performance is rooted in folk vibes with splashes of psych twists, melodic transitions, deep soulful grooves, storytelling, and laughter. Let us not forget laughter friends!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
This is a tricky question because I think we’ve got something to offer for everyone in our repertoire, but I would recommend checking out our tune ‘Jimmy and Billy the Kid’. It will be on our new album, Tall Tales and Tricks, which we’ll be releasing in June.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Jon – “There are too many to name! But here are some of my favs: Mama’s Broke, Strange Shakes, Mac Demarco, The Beelays, Road Waves, The Woodshed Orchestra, Joe Lapinski, The Boo Radley Project, Pindles, DRFTR, and Diz James.”
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.