Limerick’s M O S C O W M E T R O spoke with AMBY about the story behind their name, recording, and the details on their upcoming debut album! We’ve previously used the band’s Spirit of a City as Song of the Day, and the track could easily hold itself as an anthem with that flourished guitar intro. Have a listen for yourself, and read all about why M O S C O W M E T R O are a band you need on your radar.
AMBY: Hello M O S C O W M E T R O, what’s the band been up to lately?
SC: Hello AMBY. We have been busy throughout the winter recording our debut tracks ‘Spirit of a City’ and ‘Cosmos’ at Grouse Lodge Studios here in Ireland. Up until this point, we have been playing a lot of gigs and festivals, discovering and developing our sound. Now, writing material for our debut album is our main focus. Our music is typically made from contrasting elements, and that’s something we want to develop and explore.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
SC: Hard to say, maybe when our keyboard player gets shellshock when his setup isn’t starting up, he’s like a deaf soldier wandering the beaches at Normandy.
AMBY: So far, what’s the best moment you’ve had as a band?
SC: For me, it is recording and releasing our first two tracks ‘Spirit of a City’ and ‘Cosmos’. The song structure is unique, as they tend not to repeat themselves like the general verse/chorus, verse/ chorus structure that’s out there. This means that the songs need to constantly progress and that takes time to achieve. Recording a song, and achieving your vision, will always be the best moment.
AMBY: What’s the story behind Spirit of a City?
SC: It’s about living in a city as an outsider and seeing its darker side. Some people may not see it, maybe their eyes have gotten used to it, but it is there. Some people only see what they want to see. The last line of the song is the hardest to explain, ‘and then the spirit goes, back to the sea, back to the sea, back to the city’. It feels like it’s a kind of redemption; that the city can cleanse itself, wash away its sins if you want to say it like that. It could be any city in the world.
AMBY: Where did the name M O S C O W M E T R O come from?
SC: It originates from lyrics of a song that we never used in the end. It had been written a while before MM had fully materialized, in response to the terrorist attacks in Moscow. We used to practice in this storage warehouse, where the room was a 7ft by 7ft yellow metal box. We had that lyric with ‘Moscow Metro’ written on the wall, which always stood out. The fact that we were closed off into to a claustrophobic metal box that shook when we played may have had an influence, but I think we discussed lots of reasons why we wanted the name. The Moscow Metro is the most spectacular underground in the world, and it had just been devastated. The twin towers had been taken down, London had been bombed. We were young at the time of these attacks and being from a country with a recent history of violence, it felt like it was spreading world-wide. That’s the sort of thing that resonates within you.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
DC: A lot of European artists like Asylum Party and Can, as well as some Ski Patrol, Joy Division, and the My Bloody Valentine.
AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to hang out with for a day?
SC: Not sure.
AMBY: If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
DC: I think we all have a fascination with Asia and Japan. Moscow would be cool for obvious reasons. Personally, being from San Francisco, a hometown gig is something I am looking forward to.
AMBY: And lastly, what has you excited for 2013?
SC: We are looking forward to recording and releasing a debut album, as well as bringing our live music to a larger audience throughout the UK and Europe. Hopefully things will change a bit in music, it seems to be quiet stagnant at the moment, very predictable. Maybe that’s just our view of things.
Thank you Moscow Metro, for giving us your answers!