Earth Moves take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many artists around. Here it is the turn of Earth Moves guitarist Sam Rickets to take on the challenge and tell us all about his band!

A song that made you want to make music?

Deftones – Nosebleed

Best rider you have had?

Full bar access and home made pizza at P8 in Karlsruhe following a matinee show with Wayste. We are eternally grateful for the introduction to gin mixed with Rhubarb Fritz.

Craziest moment in the band?

Probably our recent run of shows with Conjurer and Armed for Apocalypse. It was a dream of a tour, with some of the best audiences we’ve ever played to.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“It shouldn’t have happened. I shouldn’t be here.”

Easiest song you wrote?

We’re quite lucky in that our writing process has never felt particularly tricky, but ‘Genic‘ from our forthcoming second album was a song which sort of just fell out fully formed.

Favourite song in your set?

Catatonic (currently)

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Colin Stetson

Hardest thing about being in a band?

It’s got to be lack of time. Battling with work and geography (we all live in separate towns/cities) only gets harder as you get older, so getting good at being as productive as possible with minimal time together is the biggest challenge.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

One of us has a lethal alter ego when drunk. They even ripped their own t shirt in half in the van at border control recently (footage is available upon request).

Jokes you have in the band?

A horrible accumulation of YouTube videos which make up 90% of what we say to each other.

Key to writing a song?

Atmosphere. Even if your starting point for a song is small, if you can establish atmosphere the song will write itself.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

For a single show that’d be Rotterdam in the Netherlands. We even got tattooed in the venue after our set which made it even more worth it.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

James Blake. 

New band you’d recommend?

Not strictly ‘new’, but Brutus are my favourite discovery of this year, ‘Nest’ is a perfect album.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Brutus! See what I did there.

Place you’d most like to tour?


Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying.” Albert Camus

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

The record is focused on relationships, both good/bad and real life/imagined; and how these the complexity of these move and shake us.

See us live at?

We’ve a few things in the pipeline which we’re hoping to reveal soon. Get in touch with where you’d like to see us!

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Absolutely not. It’s never been easier to discover amazing and varied new artists, and heavy music in particular seems unbelievably healthy.

Unusual merchandise?

Maybe once we’ve sold a little more of our usual merchandise (buy our stuff!).

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?

We’ve joked about acoustic sets (most recently at a venue with a particularly strict volume limit), but some stripped back washed out ambient reworkings could be really fun.

What do your fans mean to you?

Like many bands, we write songs first and foremost for ourselves. It’s an unbelievable bonus that people seem to enjoy them too, and you never forget those first few moments where someone screams along.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?

Neck x-rays are compulsory for head banging related injuries.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Every single other driver on the god forsaken M25.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Hippo. Huggable but will seriously mess you up.

Elizabeth Birt

November 14, 2019

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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