A stoner rock onslaught of monumental riff sorcery and serpentine grace, Black Moth rose from the Leeds underground scene at the end of the last decade, indulging their love for both Sabbath sulphur and Stooges squalor. Their debut 'The Killing Jar', which was released in 2012, effortlessly transcended its influences to arrive at a nefarious and turbulent brew, equal parts horror movie atmosphere, thunderous drive and maverick spark, with Harriet Bevan's biting and beguiling voice leading the charge.
Expanded from their original four-piece to five, this full-on proposition took to the road, touring with Turbowolf, not to mention laying waste to festivals from Reading/Leeds to Desertfest. The Killing Jar was hailed by many as 'one of the best debut album's you'll hear all year' - it even made it onto Kerrang's top 50 albums of the year and is still winning fans and converts.
'Condemned To Hope.' Their long awaited second album, produced like their first by Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Cramps) takes their kaleidoscopic heaviosity and sepulchral style to a whole new plateau of riff-driven dementia. It's a Stoner Rock album of fearsome drive and clandestine twists, skillfully sidestepping the cliché that often seems fit to destroy contemporary heavy rock 'n' roll from the inside out.
A band just as comfortable sharing the Temples festival bill with the likes of Electric Wizard and Neurosis as they are alongside Nick Cave, Iggy Pop and Deborah Harry on the forthcoming Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions album 'Axels And Sockets'.
Having recently laid waste to Europe as the main support to Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, it looks like this uniquely potent and poleaxing proposition are set to spread their wings to oblivion and beyond.
Black Moth are: Harriet Bevan, vocals. Jim Swainston, guitar. Dom McCready, drums. Nico Carew, guitar. Dave Vachon, bass.