Moksha

Moksha

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Explosive shows, filled with an arsenal of well-crafted material, have earned Moksha their reputation as Las Vegas’ secret weapon. With guitar, keys, bass, drums, and horns, this unique blend of musicians lives and breathes in a deep pocket of funk/rock.

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Moksha [moke-sha]- Las Vegas' Secret Weapon

Explosive shows, filled with an arsenal of well-crafted material, have earned Moksha their reputation as Las Vegas' secret weapon. This well-oiled machine is now emerging from the glitz and glamour of Sin City and quickly garnering a solid following of loyal fans on the West Coast. With guitar, keys, bass, drums, and horns, this unique blend of musicians lives and breathes in a deep pocket of funk rock. Swirling in subtlety, their music paints a sonic landscape that unfolds in the moment and feeds on the dynamic ebb and flow of audience and band interconnection. In other words, they will melt your faces.

In 2010, Moksha joined forces with guitar legend Brian Stoltz (of Neville Brothers, Funky Meters, Bob Dylan and others) in the studio to record their first full length album "Mammal or Machine". J. Evan Wade of the Homegrown Music Network said it best “Mammal or Machine showcases lush compositions steeped in blues, rock, and elements of electronica as well. The resulting combinations are ambitious, well-executed, and result in an uncompromising “jam” album full of twists and turns." The album gathered critical acclaim when the Las Vegas Weekly described the album's sound as “can only be described as unstoppable", while Getexposedmusic.com called Mammal or Machine “a sound we can all groove on.” The same year, Moksha took home the award for “Best Alternative Progressive Band” at the Vegas Rocks! Award show.

In 2011, the band entered the studio with four-time Grammy Award winning engineer/mixer James “Bonzai” Caruso to record their current album, Here to Go. “Overall, Here to Go seems to be a bit more cohesive,” says Triola, adding, “being able to track together for every song was huge for us since the live dynamic is so important for the kind of music we make." 'Here to Go' is Moksha's first endeavor with new band member, Sam Lemos as lead vocalist, adding another level to Moksha's mastery of instrumental jam music. It fuses all the musical genres that influence each of the band members, into a sound that Simon Eddie of the Homegrown Music Network calls "similar to a classic rock album but with 21st century production. Their sound reminds me a lot like a cross between Rush and Pink Floyd but the music frequently shifts from reggae and world music to funk, rock and experimental jams." He then adds 'The album is slick, timeless and it only gets better with each listen"

Catch Moksha on tour in a city near you!

Moksha Is

John Heishman - Bass and Vocals
Brian Triola - Organ, Keys and Vocals
Pat Gray - Drums and Percussion
Jeremy Parks - Guitar, Lap Seel and Vocals
Sam Lemos - Vocals

www.mokshatime.com

Lyrics

Interface

Written By: Moksha

March home to that Centripetal Drone
Step into a rhythm that's all your own
Discover your Home Tone
Cause any ol' way you muse can't lose when you're Home Grown
No matter how far you may roam
So.
Mark time with a sympathetic rhyme
Like every word you use you choose by design
Mundane, yet Divine
If ever you feel immune stay tuned for the High Sign
Broadcasting Live from just beyond the Grave Divide.
(that classic Interplay in Black & White)

It's not the black side, it's not the white
It's the Interface, Interface, Interface.
(the Mercurial Edge)
It's not your dark side, nor your light
It's your Interface, Interface, Interface.
(our Mercurial Edge)

Touch stone to electric flesh & bone
Step into that mirror, see how you've grown
(and how far from Home you've flown)
If ever you feel sub-par see, Star, beneath your own dome
Just cock your crown and take that Throne
Please.
Come clean. Are you mammal or machine?
Well, truthfully you seem to be in-between
Toward which are you prone to lean?
If ever you get confused just choose to Peruse the Seam
And maybe then you'll see they share a Common Dream.
(a cosmic Interface in RedBlueGreen)

*CHORUS*

God help the man who gets carried away in either direction
Gaia help the girl who's caught up in a whirl of dangerous affections
God help the girl who develops a pearl and is killed upon collection
Gaia help the boy who's in love with the toy that gets burned after infection
God help the man who develops the plan that was doomed at it's conception
Gaia help the gal who hasn't a pal, yet gets all of the attention

*CHORUS*

The Seed

Written By: Moksha

THE SEED

I don't do well with introductions
On account of my disease
But pleased to greet you all the same
I am the sound as yet not seen

Shall we proceed
And transcend the seed?
It's more than a need
I am the sound that shall be seen

O fortunate disease
Of the livin'
It's a given
Binary expertise
It's forgiven

There's a new point of view
That is emerging through the reeds
Makes no difference how you plead
So have a seat, relax, at ease

You're coming with me
To unfold the scene
It's more than a need
I am the sound that shall be seen

O fortunate disease
Of the livin'
It's a given
Binary expertise
It's forgiven
All's forgiven

I need more than just satisfaction
I need traction
And once you're in
That's a given

And I need more than just satisfaction
I need action
And in the end
All's forgiven

Real Show

Written By: Moksha

REAL SHOW

No comprehending
Any truth to the proofs of our pretending
And bereft of some sure fire clue to guide us
-We appeal to you-
What's this about?
Too many problems to overcome
Is this the show or just some rehearsal?
-Just some rehearsal?-

-I feel for you-
The light that glows as it implodes
-In order to appeal to you-
Is stranger than a man could dare to suppose
-You know I would for you-
As above, so below
It's a real show

Hyperextending
We've become what we thought we were pretending
We left old ratios behind us
-In order to appeal to you-
Help us shed our doubts
Transform what problems may come
Into the bluff true dreams are made of
-Real shows are played of-

-I feel for you-
The child that grows as she implodes
-In order to appeal to you-
Is stranger than a man could dare to suppose
-You know I would for you-
As a dove, so she'll crow
She puts on a real live show

-I feel for you-
The time that flows as it implodes
-In order to appeal to you-
Is stranger than a man could dare to suppose
-You know I would for you-
As of ebb, so be flow
It's a real show
As in love, so see throes
You put on a real show
-I keep it real for you-
As above, so below
You put on a real live show

Measure of All Things

Written By: Moksha

THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS

Twin sister, my neighbor
Lend me your secret gear
To fight the temporal tide
That's threatening to consume me...
Yet we continue to thrive
Maybe someone's trying to confuse me
Is it the measure of all things
That I have borne within me?

And so the measure of all things
Is ever evolving
Is as ever revolving
As forever resolving
As the treasure of all schemes
Displeasure of tall memes
So the measure of all things
Is ever evolving

And if you find yourself in dire need
Remember I'm your brother
Here to lend a helping hand
To the measure of all things
Between the two of us
I think we've got this covered
Unfazed we can brave the grave canal
It's just a matter of timing
It's just a matter of time

How far into what zones
Are we thinking of leaping?
Why stray so far from home
For the sake of safekeeping?
And what game and in whose -drome
Have we long been competing?

Why do you seem to have this constant need
To be so wholly other?
Why can't you focus on my plan
To keep the engine revolving?
Though heaven knows we can't keep on like this forever
Against sure signs of suicide
We're gonna keep it revolving
We're gonna give it a try

And so the measure of all things
Is ever evolving
Is as ever revolving
As forever resolving
As the treasure of all schemes
Displeasure of tall memes
So the measure of all things
Is ever evolving

And once the final family portrait is complete
We'll sleep forever
And retire to some dream
With the treasure of all schemes
Remain suspended in her womb
Our holy mother
So the remembrance of all things
Can continue evolving

And so the measure of all things
Is ever evolving
Is as ever revolving
As forever resolving
As the treasure of all schemes
Displeasure of tall memes
So the measure of all things
Is ever evolving

Here To Go

Written By: Moksha

HERE TO GO

Can't cut the conception
Or retrieve some long lost peak
Ignore the reflection
In the fruits of our technique
There is no such correction
No definitive critique
Only one true direction
One connection that we seek

Not sainted
Not tainted
Devoid or incomplete
Not taken for granted
We can interface with grace in hyperspace
For we're all here to go

It's time we flee
Lackluster emotion
Outlook oblique
Black holes in the ocean floor
No such leak
Our only reasonable option
Is bittersweet retreat

Not sainted
Not tainted
Devoid or incomplete
Not taken for granted
We can interface with grace in hyperspace

It's time we breathe
Evolve other options
Exit the sea
A black hole is an open door
So to speak
Our only reasonable option
Is bittersweet retreat

Not sainted
Not tainted
Devoid or incomplete
Not hunted
Not fronted
Or riddled with conceit
Not sainted
Not tainted
Devoid or incomplete
Not wanted
Not haunted
But wild and concrete
Universal yet unique
How could one compete with
The need to live with grace in hyperspace

Sarswarm

Written By: Moksha

STARSWARM

Borne on through a land askew
And like a manifestation with something to prove
Like I can grip grooves
We can trip truths
Like any way I strange my mode
It's all in how I choose
The way I trip the slipstream
I'm not afraid to slip away
It's in the way I surf levels
As if only the facade can break away

Goddess substance
One could say that she was born to slip away
As god the empire
To covet any form she might portray
Who invent the moonchild
Forever on the brink of disarray
Who provokes the starswarm
As if only the facade can break away

It's what we must choose
We must choose
What we must choose
Shall I project a world?
It's what we must choose
A space for latent angels come unfurled
It's what we must choose
So say so sigil slinger
And conceive of worlds

A step into the shew stone
Earns a trip through the ecology of souls
In an undefined direction
Toward the unity of chaos and control
And as you trip the slipstream
Go unafraid to slip away
See we can leap levels
As if only the facade can break the wave
We can surf the starswarm
Ecstatic at the brink of disarray
But you must choose

Discography

Mammal or Machine - 2010 (full length album)
Here to Go - 2011 (full length album)

Set List

Our sets are typically 90 minutes
Every show is different we never do the same show.
We have about 5 to 6 sets of all different material 30% of which is instrumentals.
We do a mixture of originals and obscure funk/rock covers. Which are always different each show.

Originals:

Island Thyme
Bubbles
Lil' Fug Nasty
Bran nu Junk
Funk Stew
Open The Door
Awaken My Love
Into Thin Air
Freefall
Easy A
Interface
Blind to the Time
En-tranced
God's Country
Say You Will
Bobbin in the Sea
Morning Fog
Trouble
Starswarm
The Seed
The Real Show
The Measure of All Things
Here To Go
Leg Up
Sampling the Sampler
Palenque

Covers:

The People Tree
Ring of Fire
Up in Lights
Kissing My Love
Everything I Do
Funky Miracle
Groovy Lady
Gettin Uptown to Get Down
Technicolor Nightmare
Teasin'
In 3's
Led Boots
Hottentot
Great Curve
Isn'y it a Pity
Echoes
You Haven't Done Nothing
Freeway Jam
Chicken
Afro Blue
Chank
Watermelons in Easter Hay
Bubble House