Name: Mere Moths
Formed: January 2012 (becomes solo project in August 2012)
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Line-up: Patrick Wright (Guitar/Vocals)
Similar to: The Black Keys | The Libertines | Bob Dylan
What They Say: “Acoustic rock or whatever I feel like writing on the day…”
What We Say: Sun soaked acoustic indie anthems with subtle strokes of genius.
◀ Q & A ▶
▶ To anyone who hasn’t heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as kind of acoustic rock. I’m not quite sure though because it is hard to judge those kinds of things yourself. It really depends on what I feel like writing on that day.
▶ You’re now well defined in your own right as a solo singer-songwriter, but is it true that ‘Mere Moths’ began life as a full indie outfit? If so,
how did it lead to your solo career?
The other guys split but I wanted to keep going and as I had already made some contacts under the name “Mere moths” it just stuck. I had been writing continuously so there was no shortage of material and I just wanted to get out there and show people my stuff with or without a band.
▶ You released your ‘Water Of The Land’ EP to critical acclaim last year, have you any plans to record a follow up EP and how will it differ from
At the moment I’m trying to get some quality recordings to send out to people or to venues to get more live experience and I am working on new material so hopefully by the new year I’ll be ready to put together a demo EP. I think I was about 14 or 15 when I wrote the songs for ‘Water Of The Land’ so expect more mature song writing and vocals.
▶ What has been your favorite gig you’ve performed at so far?
My favourite gig so far was probably one I played in the Action For Youth centre down in Belfast, which really was loads of fun and the crowds there were super nice and enthusiastic! Ive been sort of restricted with my age as to where I have been able to get gigs but the Oh Yeah and The Mac are great as well.
▶ Who would you cite as your main influence as a songwriter?
I have a bit of an obscure one. He’s in a band called The Mountain Goats, and his name is John Darnielle. The reason I think he was such a big influence on me was because he kind of got me out of the bad habit of writing this corny, platitude stuff and more into writing stuff that was straight from the heart as it’s a lot more effective in reaching an
understanding with your audience and even yourself.
▶ On your own hypothetical world tour which three bands/artists (past or
present) would you have as support?
This is a tough one because I want to pick three really bad performers so that it makes me look good, but if I had to pick three proper ones it would probably be; Otis Redding, The Black Keys and Foo Fighters.
Naturally I’d be the support act!
▶Where did the name ‘Mere Moths’ originate from? Does it have any
Honestly, it was just a name we had to use because when we were recording the EP no one could decide on a name so we just decided to use that one as it was original and all the good ones were taken.
▶ What is your favorite lyric you have ever written?
That’s like asking me to choose a favourite child, I can’t!
▶ Is there any upcoming bands/artists you have high hopes for breaking
through the current music scene?
There’s this band from Belfast called Seratonin, they have this real nice kind of indie pop sound so I wouldn’t be surprised if they broke through – also they’re all nice guys!
▶ What does ‘success’ mean to you?
Success to me is being one of those artists that people tell their kids about and then their kids tell their kids and so on. It’s all very well and good having a couple of hits but I wouldn’t be happy with that, I’d want to stay around for a long time! And hopefully my lyrics are relevant for years to come.
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