The Moose
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The Moose

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"The Moose Are Here To Stay"

Each and every day, young aspiring musicians put up online ads hoping to find a musical connection with someone with the same tastes as they have. This may work for some but what a lot of the bands that form this way lack is a deep personal bond with each other that can keep them together through more than your average Craigslist band. A lot of these bands also lack passion because of personal differences and that some members may just be playing to get their kicks. The Moose are a band that should be around for a long time because of their personal bond and their passion for what they are doing. Not to mention, they are pretty damn good.

The Moose started one summer ago, when two brothers (Matt and Mitch Bellock) decided to start an acoustic band together. As they wrote songs together they decided that they would need a drummer and enlisted their childhood friend (Dave Catanese) to fill the role. Though they had only played once together at an eighth grade graduation party prior to forming The Moose, everything from knowing each other since early childhood to what instruments they decided to learn, seemed to fall into place like it was meant to be, even the band’s name seemed to come naturally. The name The Moose came about for a plethora of reasons, ranging from the brothers father being a part of the moose fraternity to Matt being nicknamed Moose by Dave (whose nickname is Goose), each member feels like the name just fit since it is so prevalent in their lives.

Musically, on their first full length album, titled Greens, you can hear a wide range of influences that come together just as easily as everything else has. From the pop punk influenced ‘Me, Myself, And Karen’ to the Pixies sounding ‘Green Zone’; you can hear that they are taking those influences and making their own sound that can only be described as The Moose.

Since forming a year ago, they have made a name for themselves on the Chicago music scene and have developed a devout following that keeps growing with each show they play. Recently, they opened for Emo mainstays The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and have started to bring their music outside of Chicago with a show in Nashville.

As a young band on the rise, few things matter more than the music to these three childhood friends. When asked what their goal with The Moose is, their singer summed it up perfectly by saying, “What I want to do is this (music), music is my passion and is the only thing that I can see myself doing long term. I don’t need to be rich, I don’t like money, I don’t want to have a lot of things, I just want to do things that I like doing. Otherwise what are you doing with your time? You’re just wasting your time.” Whether they’re playing to forty people or hundreds people, The Moose have only one goal and that’s to do what they love and do it with passion.

You can check out the music of The Moose at -


-Self-Titled EP, May 2012

*A Complicated Youth (single), July 2012

-Greens (full-length), December 2012

*One Thing At A Time (single), September 2013

-Hooligans EP, January 25th, 2014



The Moose consists of two brothers, Mitch and Matt Bellock and their close friend, Dave Catanese. Mitch and Matt have been creating music together since early childhood, but spent their adolescence in various bands and musical projects. Their decision to come together and form The Moose began as an experimental jam session and spent about two years as an object of procrastination before finally becoming a serious musical endeavor in early 2012. It was soon after their debut E.P. was released that May that the brothers brought Dave Catanese in to play the part of a stage drummer. Dave had been a good friend of theirs since the first grade, and after showing off his energetic and creative drum skills in a couple metal and pop-punk bands during high school, he became a clear first choice for The Moose. He was originally told he was strictly brought in to be a "stage musician," but the musical chemistry between Dave and the Bellock brothers was strong enough to justify altering the band's style to include a drummer full-time. Since it's formation in 2012, The Moose has released one full length (Greens), and three EP's (Self Titled, Hooligans, Izzy Now). 

The trio pulls influence from many places. All of them having roots in metal and pop-punk, those influences create a rough-around-the-edges backdrop for their alternative hooks and choruses. The Moose is set to release their acoustic session in December, 2014. They're quickly earning a reputation as modest and soft spoken, but powerfully emotional performers, and have recently been given the opportunity to open for a few national acts including Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Carridale and Spitalfield.

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