Interview with Aiden from Moses Gunn Collective
If you’re in the business of psychedelic dream-rock, you’ve most probably heard of Brisbane’s own Moses Gunn Collective. The five-piece made massively groovy waves at home and abroad with their 2014 single, Shalala, and are showing few signs of stopping, having just released their debut record, Mercy Mountain. I had a chat with guitarist and vocalist Aiden about international fame and fortune, and blow-up dinghies.
Anna: So you went from being a Brisbane band to very international – you’re all over the US and Europe. What’s it like knowing that people all over the world are playing your music?
Aiden: It’s great. You know, you spend a few years sorting all your shit out at home and figuring out what you’re doing with your music, it always takes a while. And then it’s really nice when the music moves out of your local town into the world, which is always kind of weird at first but really cool to see.
It’s really nice when the music moves out of your local town into the world, which is always kind of weird at first but really cool to see.
Anna: Do you think it has an effect on how your write/play?
Aiden: No, not really. I think we’ve always sounded not so Australian, maybe a bit more European or something. The way we’ve always written has sounded more like that, so I think it’s almost more suited to overseas.
Anna: Mercy Mountain is a really awesome record, lots of variation and big sounds in there. What’s the writing and recording process like for the album?
Aiden: Lewis who plays in The Belligerents and about ten other bands, he’s on guitar in Moses and we write most of the stuff together. We live together and we’ve got a little home studio so we’re constantly working on stuff and mucking around in the studio, which is awesome because it’s really quick and easy – we can just bang out demos when we need to.
The recording was really nice, we went off to a family friend’s big farmhouse out in Laidley and just did it all live and spent a week getting everything down, which was awesome because it was so quick and easy. That’s something we’ve been working on, making it as easy and as few steps as possible to go from song to finished product.
Anna: I hear a lot of 70s style folk-rock with your trademark psychedelic twist. What influences did you draw on for the album?
Aiden: Probably a lot of stuff I’d been listening to at the time, which was all your Aussie staples like Tame Impala and Pond, King Gizzard we were really loving. Moccasin was a really big one with this weird, constantly out of tune, warbling guitar sounds — I think Lewis was really deep into that. I think that was also a massive part.
We’re all at heart obsessed with 60s and 70s bands, but we also just wanted to make something really pretty. It was kind of a mix of that old rawness with some super pretty over the top.
We’re all at heart obsessed with 60s and 70s bands, but we also just wanted to make something really pretty.
Anna: You had a string of tours for the album release last month. Do you enjoy live performances or the writing/recording process more?
Aiden: We used to be way more into the live side of things, but I think after doing the last album we figured out how we like to record and made it as easy as possible. I think now we like both sides of it. It used to be mostly the live stuff and recording was kind of a hassle to try and capture that live sound and we could never figure out how to do it, so our earlier stuff we were never really happy with.
Anna: What are you most looking forward to about playing Jungle Love?
Probably just sitting back in a creek and watching people rock out on stage from the comfort of a blow-up dinghy.
Aiden: What can we expect from Moses Gunn Collective?
We’ll probably we touring February next year, that’s the rough plan. And I think we’ll probably have a new single for everybody. We’ve just serviced the album in the States, so we’re just seeing how that’s going but it seems to be going really well so far, so maybe we’ll be going to America soon.