Comprised of Harriet Bevan (vocals), Jim Swainston (guitar), Nico Carew (guitar), Dave Vachon (bass) and Dom McCready (drums), the Leeds, UK-based quintet of Black Moth captured the attention across the UK with a stormy, power chord-based sound that’s heavily influenced by The Stooges and Black Sabbath. After the release of their debut effort, The Killing Jar, the quintet played number of major European music festivals including Reading, Leeds and Download. along with two European tours and opening for Uncle Acid, The Deadbeats, Red Fang, Turbowolf, Truckfighters and others.
The band’s sophomore effort, Condemned to Hope, produced by Jim Sclavunous (best known for his work as a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Cramps),was released last September and it may arguably be one of the hardest albums released last year. Album opening track “Tumbleweave,” manages to channel both the stoner metal of Queens of the Stone Age and The Sword, and the bluesy dirge metal of Black Sabbath simultaneously with Bevan’s vocals adding a subtly sensual feel to the punishing proceedings.