Friday, August 12 8:00 PM
“I will carry on ...”
This may be a single off of the soon-to-be-released EP, "Strange Days", but it’s a theme that captures the storied career of Seattle based musician, Ian Moore.
Since his arrival as a solo artist in 1993, with his self-titled debut on Capricorn Records, Moore’s journey has been one of perpetual forward motion and constant change. The record included the hits, “Satisfied” and “Blue Sky”, and even featured the track, “Harlem”, in which he made a video with rap icon, Ice Cube. Coming out of Austin, Texas, growing up sharing the stage with the likes of Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Albert King, Doug Sahm, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charlie Sexton, and Doyle Bramhall II, his first three major label efforts placed him in the blues rock lane that over time and that label didn’t sit entirely well with an artist with such vast influences and creative ideas. Internally, Austin was open-minded and filled with big ideas, but outside of town people had a monochromatic view, and all musical roads led to Stevie Ray Vaughan at that point in time.
“Charlie, Doyle, and I were all tossed into the next Stevie Ray mixer, and it blunted some unique voices that were developing. My band and I were trying to take the blues rock and soul that was part of our sound and mix it with psychedelic music, gothic imagery, power pop,"mind soul" (Stevie Wonder's mid-70's stuff), and even psychedelic funk (Funkadelic; Sly Stone). Unfortunately there was no infrastructure in place for what we were doing. There was no underground scene for rootsier music like there was a few years later when bands like Gomez started to break. We were way too weird for mainstream culture and didn't have the right uniform for the unfolding indie culture that was championing more Anglicized bands like Pavement and MBV.” - Ian Moore
Moore recorded his second record with Mark Howard (Daniel Lanois’ engineer) and had Daniel was around for much of the making of the record. David Hickey of Art in America declared it one of the great art moments of '96.
“I don't consider Modernday Folklore to be a great record, but i do consider it to be really ambitious and ahead of its time. If you really give it a close listen you can see the breadth of what we were trying to do. We got a lot of flak from the record label and took a lot of heat from fans and music industry folks that thought we were losing our way.” - Ian Moore
“I’m sorry if I sound like my life’s unfair; sometimes I find it hard just to persevere …”
Moore supported The Rolling Stones on the Steel Wheels tour of North America, played two tours with Bob Dylan, and a tour with ZZ Top.
“I feel like the period around this record was the strongest musically for my first band, but the pressure of all the negativity around the release precipitated the breakup of the 'Ian Moore Band' and really made me double down on my effort to continue to refine what I wanted to say. I realized that I needed to make a really big statement of purpose at that point, and that led to putting down the electric guitar for a number of years and doing an extreme about face, leading to a very song oriented, psychedelic folk phase that garnered a new fan base. I like to think that while I was walking through the wilderness I was also doing a lot of homework, diving deeply into the catalogs of Harry Nilsson, Big Star, Emitt Rhodes, etc., while also falling in love with a lot of interesting contemporary underground rock. I lost track of what all the guitar players were doing, and lived in a world that was all songs and creative production.” - Ian Moore
“I will carry on ...”
It was in 2000 that Moore picked up his old friend, that electric guitar once again, and embraced psychedelic rock and roll. This journey evolved through the years to the forming of Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils, and even time playing in Roky Erickson’s band and supporting Paul Weller.
Moore states, “The lineage of modern pop culture is rich and long, and people that speak in terms of 'vintage' and 'contemporary' are myopic in view. There is a vast array of culture to pick from, much like thrift stores, pre-EBay. You can basically find the things that turn you on and go from there.”
Some things that turn Moore on:
Flannery O’Conner, Spiritualized, Vietnamese food, Dylan, Rivers, Social trends, the hope and ambition of the late 60's, Faulkner, cookbooks, hiking, B-movie magazines, Neutral Milk Hotel, long-term friendships, the architecture of ideas, psychedelic soul, Borges, city planning, every wave of British Rock, underdogs, Joyce, Texas, tacos, Nick Fucking Lowe!, compassion, Big Sur, connection, vintage guitars, Peter Sellers, Aaron Neville, great old record labels, anachronisms, wordplay, Maxfield Parrish, outmoded electronics, Mohammed Ali, Murakami, my family, Jimi!!!, Sly!!!, Curtis!!!, Stevie!!!, seasons, ambition, late nights, simplicity, Tom Petty, Don Dileo, great songwriting teams, communion, debating, recording, the passage of time, progressive thought, Ella!, Hindustani music, the Blues!, mentors, the possibility in change, my band, style, local culture, Townes, DIY culture, the blind bravado of youth, the unveiling of time, Van Gogh, Bill Hicks, Bruce Lee, The Beach boys vs. the Beatles vs. the Stones, meditation, coffee, touring, the Apollo 2500, my studio, Obama, wine, Jared Diamond, comparative religion, my amazing artistic friends, and analog synths.
“Carrying my message to the people I’ve known …”
The “Strange Days” EP was birthed from Moore channeling all the influences of his childhood, soul and blues, while carrying forward all the hard-earned life lessons acquired on his journey to infuse these seven songs with a depth that only comes from years and miles. Moore’s ability to straddle genres like a Neil Young or a Jack White is obvious.
Paying tribute to such luminaries as Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, Aaron Neville (even covering “Hercules”), and Sly Stone, Moore offers music politically charged at times, as well as heartfelt love songs filled with purpose. Collaborating with the likes of Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, The Sword) in Austin, Texas, and Jim Greer (Galactic, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Macy Gray) in his birthplace, Berkeley, California, the “Strange Days” EP is set for a Spring 2016 release.