Howard Moss

Howard Moss

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Howard Moss and his band play melodic, catchy, pop/rock songs that are played to perfection and have the audience hanging on every word. Two albums of original music plus an endless list of covers that we can play.loads of gigging experience from all over Europe and further. You need to check us out

Biography

So upon pleading with my dad to buy me a cheap guitar (which he did on the promise I bloody learn it and don’t give up after one week which I did with most other things), I got myself my first guitar, which was an encore. Anyone who knows this particular instrument will also know that even the best guitarist in the world would have trouble making this thing sound good! Nonetheless, I struggled on with my encore guitar day after day night after night playing along to tapes and vinyl in my bedroom. I managed to also buy myself a cheap chord book and fathom out what these guys were playing on these records. Purely playing by ear I thought to myself anything these guys can play surely if I try hard enough I can play also. After 6 months or so on my cheap guitar I saved up some money and bought myself my so-called first real guitar, which was a charvel model, made in USA! This was like a dream come true, a guitar that stayed in tune! Heaven! So within six months still at age 13 I'd formed my first band with a few other friends from school, which we called ‘Near Dark’. Derek Bradley on Drums, Paul Jones on Bass then myself on guitar and much to my dislike on vocals. I’d never sang before but we couldn’t’t find a singer so I was elected to provide these. I’d told the guys that the only good singer in my family was a sowing machine but that didn't help so I got the job. So ‘Near Dark’ started performing gigs in the local area, pubs, town halls etc playing a few original tracks and the likes of Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, and Rory Gallagher. We recorded a few demos that were passed around but the band broke up in 1991.

After the break up of ‘Near Dark’ I moved from Trim to the capital Dublin. This is where I started to concentrate on writing songs along with teaming up with other musicians. At this time I met a young Dublin guitarist from Finglas named Darren Greer. We sat around writing songs at night whilst also enjoying the life we had in Dublin at this time. I had myself an old Tascam 4 track recorder, which was a little bit dated but still did the job. During the next three years I found myself dropping round to pubs that had singer/songwriter nights and there I tried to build myself a following. I was also playing local pubs doing covers to keep me off the streets and earn some pocket money for cigs and drink. So in 1994 I released a 4-track EP entitled ‘Sally Forth’ recorded in Pulse Studios Dublin. It was released under the TEL record label an independent company based in Meath. One song in particular on this EP called ’Crazy World’ was quite well received by some radio stations including 2Fm Dublin’s 98Fm and Rock FM, which gave the song a spin on numerous occasions. Larry Gogan gave the record a spin or two whenever he could and really gave the song a good plug. I started to tour around Ireland performing anywhere that would have me, outside, inside just about anywhere. Passing from town to town around the country I passed the EP to as many radio stations as I could. I seem to be doing at least a couple of different radio interviews every day plugging the disc. The EP would finally peak in the Irish charts at a very respectable 18. Shortly after Sally Forth I released my 1st full length self penned album entitled ‘Tempus Fugit’ under TEL Records in 1995. The album was extremely well received by the radio and the press and was put on regular rotation on most FM Radio Stations around Ireland. From this album came the first single ‘Delilah’ which with the aid of a full music video which received numerous plays on MTV Europe reached number 11 in the Irish charts and stayed in the top 20 for 5 weeks in total. The then head of BBC Radio 1 in the UK ‘Paul Robinson’ called the album ‘Outstanding and Almost Beyond Belief’. Hot Press chief ’Jackie Hayden’ called ’Tempus Fugit’ one of the most confident and consistently brilliant debut albums by any Irish artist’ He called the songs naggingly catchy and poppily impressive.

My record label TEL was then approached by ‘Dawn Harrison’ of Jackson Guitars in America to find out about an endorsement and sponsorship deal. I signed a deal with Jackson/Charvel along with the fantastic amp manufacturer Hughes and Kettner in Germany for 4 years. Numerous guitar and music publications promoted Jackson and Hughes and Kettner around the world using my picture with their guitars and amplifiers.

During this time I was approached by the then head of A&R at Island Records ‘Barney Cordell’ in London to talk about a recording contract. Sadly enough before this deal got signed there was a change of management in the A&R department and Barney Cordell left the company.

Over the course of the next few years I began to drift away from the original scene and decided it was time to try my arm a different bands and acts including tribute shows. This was mainly to try and make a living yet still be involved with music and gigging. During the summer of 1997 I formed a tribute band in Irelan

Lyrics

Outside The Pale

Written By: Howard Moss

Outside The Pale

We grew up in a small town just outside the pale
30 miles from Dublin riding with the rails
The times they were the eighties when things were kinda tough
Where jobs they weren't many we tried from dawn till dusk

The rain it kept on pouring, pouring down on us
Drowning in the darkness it washed away the dust
Our hearts they were afflicted and heavy with the load
Still so dark and lonely it's a story long been told

Outside the pale, without fail, they've ruined all of us
Outside the pale, without fail, they betrayed our trust

The boom it started coming and change was on the cards
Then people started moving and swimming with the sharks
Greed to be the downfall of the tiger as he roared
Then back towards the old times like before

We left to move to Boston as my father did before
We had nothing in our pockets just pennies for our thoughts
So we went and packed our suitcase and headed for the plane
Hoping for a new start and let go of this pain

Outside the pale, without fail, they've ruined all of us
Outside the pale, without fail, they betrayed our trust
Outside the pale, without fail, they've ruined all of us
Outside the pale, without fail, they betrayed our trust

Need To Know Now

Written By: Howard Moss

I see you sitting there hardly talking
Just starring onwards with years in your eyes
I see you sleeping but barely dreaming
What is going on behind those fearful cries

I need to know now, I need to know now I need to know before you go

I see you whisper but I can't hear you
I see those tears now that slowly fill your eyes
I want to hold you but I can't feel you
Then the tear drops to the floor and then it dries

I need to know now, I need to know now I need to know before you go

I see you falter as you stand up
I try to keep you up for a short while
Then to the window as you stare out
I see you try to hide the pain behind your smile

I need to know now, I need to know now I need to know before you go

I see you lye down and see you breathing
I hold your hand now if only for a while
If only I could just let you hear me
I tell you how I felt but I've missed by half a mile

I need to know now, I need to know now I need to know before you go

The things you achieved in your lifetime
Is more than most could wish before they die
It's got so quiet you can hear a pin drop
All I hear is the sad sound of goodbye

I need to know now, I need to know now I need to know before you go

As you leave now on your final journey
Your world's so empty and cold I testify
I wish I'd said those words of meaning
Now I won't get another chance I wholly verify

I need to know now, I need to know now I need to know before you go

Moving On

Written By: Howard Moss

Moving On

Time has come and I'm moving on
Far away from the town I belong
I've packed by bags and I'm out the door
No point talking as I've heard it before

Then down the road, as I shed a smile
Freedom calling once in awhile
The sun is out and my mind is clear
Time to soak up this new atmosphere

On down the road, far away from here
Now that it's all become finally all clear

Far away from the town we know
A brand new scene and some different clothes
Time to catch a few new styles
Time to go for the extra mile

On down the road, far away from here
Now that it's all become finally all clear

Then down the road, as I shed a tear
Thinking clearer and I'm walking on air
The sun comes out for a short while
It's my call out to the wild

Now I'm there and the sun is bright
The sand is warm and I see the light
I feel so glad that I made this choice
Sound of the sea is such a lovely noise

On down the road, far away from here
Now that it's all become finally all clear
Time to see things a different way
My faith grows stronger day by day

Discography

1994 Sally Forth EP
1995 Delilah
1995 Tempus Fugit
2013 Outside The Pale

All Songs found on Soundcloud or Bandcamp

Set List

Over 500 Songs to choose from!!!