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Fat Moth

Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
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"Fat Moth Emerges With a New Album"

Fat and Moth were the names of two characters in a play. Together they form the name of Niagara’s newest supergroup. The seven piece band brings together experienced and multi-talented artists, many of whom have already collaborated together in one way or another.
“We started fully as a group in February,” said guitarist and vocalist, Jon Lepp, “at first it was Joe Mahony (drums, percussion) and I playing music together and we thought we wanted to put a band together.”

Lepp and Mahony put the word out and soon several members of the well-loved Niagara band, Oak and Elm, joined, including Jordan Phelan (bass), Emma Lee Fleury (vocals), and Jon Marleau (percussion). Anthony Sweet (vocals, keys) from The Sweet Experience and Jordan Alexander (guitar) from Mothership Landing round out the lineup.

The group recorded their debut self-titled album in August with Joe Lapinski. “Wow, it was a lot of fun,” said Lepp, “Joe’s a wizard when it comes to mixing and setting everything up. It was a really great experience.”

Six tracks were recorded over the course of 3 days with a few finishing touches added later on. After the passing of a close family member, Lepp wrote a seventh track, which was recorded at Lapinski’s home studio, and added to the album.

The songwriting typically begins with Lepp: “at least for this album, I’ve written the songs initially and then they get heavily adapted when it comes to the full band. I write on the acoustic guitar first and then bring it to the band and make it electric.”

Like a metamorphosis, the songs go through several changes once the band members get their many hands on the material. “I always like having room to change things,” explains Lepp, “it’s a really good, creative space where everyone’s open and receptive to each other.”

The album release is scheduled for December 9 at Oddfellows Temple (36 James St.), the same place the album was recorded. Opening up the show will be KO Improv and Strange Shakes.

“I’m really excited for KO Improv,” said Lepp, “I think there will be 6 or 7 of them performing. I had a chance to see them in the summer at Mahtay and they were so funny, they were cracking me up the whole night.”

Additionally, Emma Lee Fleury will be creating an art installation at the venue. “One of the things we try to do is to make the whole experience unique. It’s really important to us. It will be a multi-faceted show where there is stimulus for your ears and stimulus for your eyes and stimulus for your taste” said Lepp, noting that Mahtay Café will be catering the event. - The Sound


"Nothing makes you dance like Fat Moth"

There’s no shortage of amazing musical talent here in St. Catharines, but acts like Fath Moth rise above even those high lines. Formed from various former members of Oak and Elm, as well as various other projects, Fat Moth feels as much like a community as a band. Having been strong friends and bandmates for so many years prior to this group, it’s no surprise that they should have a great deal of chemistry together. Now boasting seven members and an ever-expanding roster of alumni and artists, Fat Moth have a large sound, but in vocalist/guitarist Jon Lepp’s own words, a more ‘matured group’ than previous project Oak and Elm.

“In a lot of ways Fat Moth is a matured group of a musicians that have a lot of chemistry from playing with each other in various projects”, Lepp offered when I inquired about the nature of the group. He also compares the sound of the group to the bombastic nature of previous projects: “I wouldn’t say that the sound has been tamed down, but rather that it is more controlled. We spend a lot of time talking about dynamics in our songs, working through riffs and vocalizations to figure out what the song really is.”

That time was very well spent, it seems, and it pays dividends when Fat Moth perform. Their chemistry with one another translates to pure energy live; complex rhythms and riffs weave in and out of each other beneath the soaring vocals of Lepp and fellow singer Emma Fleury). The band also comprises of Jordan Phelan, Joe Mahony, and recent addition John Marleau. And each member is a multi instrumentalist, which allows for a great deal of creative freedom in both songwriting and performance. Their music is hard to define, but there’s the energy, the rhythms, the passion in each and every member can turn any venue into an outrageous dance hall.

This much energy must surely never be contained, and it seems Fat Moth have plans to expand. On December 9, they’ll be playing a gig at Odd Fellows Temple in St Catharines. This show will be special for a number of reasons; for one, it’s the release party of Fat Moth’s debut album. For another, the show is being coordinated independently by the band, something of great importance to them.

“When we do the shows independently we have full control to create an aesthetic in the room and we of course get to pick the acts that we play with,’ explain Lepp ‘Emma is going to be installing art at the venue.” Their opening acts are fellow local band Strange Shakes, and performance and comedy group KO Improv. Between the improv group and Fleury’s art installations, the show looks to be about more than just music; Lepp has expressed a desire to make the shows multidisciplinary.

After the release show, the band has broader horizons in its sights, as it hopes to tour with the record. They’ve applied to perform at the In the Soil Arts festival here at home in St Catharines next April, and are looking for similar opportunities across Ontario. But no matter where their music takes them, Fat Moth will surely be greeted with open arms and grateful ears. - The Brock Press


"PREMIERE – Fat Moth releases video for “Oak and Elm”"

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.” - Canadian Beats Media


Discography

Fat Moth - Fat Moth (EP)


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Profile:

Fat Moth is a 7-piece Folk Rock/Americana/Psych band. They’re currently based in the Niagara Region of Ontario and are making bookings for their Tall Tales and Tricks Album Release Tour for this coming spring/summer of 2020. 

Live performance instruments include electric/acoustic guitars, bass, drums, congas/hand percussion, keyboard/synth, pedal steel guitar, mandolin and multiple vocalists. Fat Moth maintains their explosive energy both in electric and acoustic settings.

Accolades:

Fat Moth had the opportunity to share the main stage with Sam Roberts Band at Festival of Friends in 2018. Fat Moth was also featured on the main stage at In the Soil Arts Festival in 2019. The band has toured Atlantic Canada and throughout Ontario extensively. Fat Moth was nominated for Folk Artist and Album of the Year at the Niagara Music Awards in 2019.

Notable Festivals & Venues:

In the Soil Arts Festival - St. Catharines, ON - 2017-2019

Living Roots Music Festival - Fredericton, NB - 2019

Festival of Friends - Hamilton, ON - 2019

Turnip the Beets Festival - Dunnville, ON - 2019

The Painted Lady - Toronto, ON - 2019

Come Together Festival - Durham, ON - 2019

The Townehouse Tavern - Sudbury, ON - 2019

The Toucan - Kingston, ON - 2019

The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON - 2018

Livestock Festival - Hamilton, ON - 2017, 2018



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