Southampton based quintet Moralist started life last year with a clear declaration: to produce something that is unique and genuinely creative. The band also wanted their music to reflect real life and real experiences. On first listening to Moralist you will have no doubt that they have lived up to this manifesto. With a sound that tugs from the fundamentals of hardcore and metal but thoughtfully avoids the cliché pitfalls that govern many artists, Moralist spew out their heart and soul in their music, and you feel their earnest intensity right from the off. The five-some have a killer set list and a growing fanbase already, and with a budding reputation for delivering a highly energetic live show, Moralist show no signs of letting up.
Stu Croll – Vocals
George Kemp – Guitar
Mike Hamilton – Guitar
Marcus Smith – Bass
Gage Burton – Drums
A SONG WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO MAKE MUSIC:
George: More an album, Alexisonfires Crisis because it’s my all time favourite album
BEST RIDER YOU HAVE EVER HAD:
We’ve not actually had one yet
CRAZIEST MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED IN THE BAND:
Probably our most recent show we played at the hobbit in Southampton, we had such a good crowd response, people singing along with us and we all just had the best time!
DEEPEST LYRICS ONE OF YOUR SONGS FEATURES:
Stu: I’d have to say in one of our new songs, Seen Better Days. I was struggling to get lyrics together for it and so George wrote them instead. It was only after we demoed it that he told me the song was about me. My mind was blown.
EASIEST SONG YOU WROTE:
Stu: Lyrically Weatherman, I just sat and listened to what George had written and they just flowed out so easily. Musically I’d have to say Bitterness Lays In Wasted Time, it came together quickest!
FAVOURITE SONG IN YOUR SET:
Would have to be Weatherman. It’s fast paced, rowdy and gets people going and the crowd moving, as well as us!
GUEST YOU’D MOST LIKE TO FEATURE ON YOUR RECORD:
Gage: It would be cool to have Loz Taylor from while she sleeps on a Song, that’d be fun!
HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING IN A BAND:
It’s expensive as shit.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS:
George’s pinkie fingers are fucked, they’re on a 90 degree angle
JOKES YOU HAVE IN THE BAND:
We have a 6th member in the form of Margaret (get to know). Marcus created her when we were on tour with holding absence in April, the videos are Jokes! We also take the piss out of Marcus for being a veggie. Soft cunt.
KEY TO WRITING A SONG:
Consistency and originality is key as well as being unique. Don’t do something just because so and so did it. Find an edge. Use it!
LONGEST DISTANCE YOU’VE TRAVELLED TO PLAY A SHOW:
Would have to be tour. We did roughly 600+ miles over four days to play to a fairly empty rooms. Had the best time ever.
MOST INSPIRING MUSICIAN YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED:
Stu: James from Deaf Havana, in my opinion the guys lyrics are amazing and just so so catchy! Fools and worthless liars is one of my favourite albums of all time!
NEW BAND YOU’D RECOMMEND:
Decipher. We played with the recently and they were so.tight. Their ep is amazing too!
OPENING FOR THIS BAND WOULD BE IDEAL:
Opening for The Ghost Inside would be sweet. Big rowdy crowds, plus the fact we’d be supporting such a sick band!
PLACE YOU’D MOST LIKE TO TOUR:
America or Germany, both would be such good fun
QUOTE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO PASS ON TO READERS:
Don’t be a poofcunt
REASON FOR THE TITLE OF YOUR RECENT/FORTHCOMING RELEASE:
Because Bitterness comes from wasting time dwelling on the past.
SEE US LIVE AT:
2nd May – The Alex, Southampton with As A Conceit.
14th May – One House, Stowmarket, GETCHA PULL DAYER
2nd July – The Joiners, Southampton with Pioneers
1st August – The Anvil, Bournemouth with Napoleon
THE OLD DAYS OF MUSIC WERE BETTER THAN THOSE CURRENT, DO YOU AGREE:
Yes and No, these days it’s easier to get music heard and to reach out to an audience (if you chuck Facebook a couple of quid, cheeky shits) but back in the day there wasn’t an over saturation of the same chuggy, 101001001 breakdowns and high pitched singing.
We only have CDS at the minute 🙁
VARIATIONS YOU’D LIKE TO DO ON ANY OF YOUR SONGS:
Probably an acoustic rendition of any of the songs we’ve got
WHAT DO YOUR FANS MEAN TO YOU:
Everything. Without fans we wouldn’t have any buzz or interest, as cliché as that sounds. Were humble towards anyone that listens to our music or comes to a show!
X-RAYS OR ANY OTHER TREATMENTS NEEDED FOR BAND RELATED INJURIES :
None as of yet, but there’s time
YOU’RE LATE FOR A SHOW, WHO’S FAULT IS IT:
Stu’s without a doubt. If he turns up anywhere on time then it’s a miracle!
ZOO ANIMAL THAT BEST DESCRIBES THE PERSONALITY OF YOUR BAND:
A honey badger because it doesn’t give a fuck!