On the bill for January’s Rainbow Serpent festival in rural Victoria, Melbourne funk party band, El Moth, are excited to be playing.
“It will probably be one of the biggest shows we've played,” bassist Nick Ohlson says. “It's big on numbers, but also the fact that we've been patrons of that festival for many years and always enjoyed the Rainbow family vibe. So to have been asked to play there is a really big thing for us and we're looking forward to it. It's a great festival. We usually go every year.”
Understandably, playing Rainbow Serpent is a massive achievement for the four-piece funksters, who had their humble beginnings playing in backyards, alleyways, warehouses and parks. "El Moth originated as a warehouse party band, so a very late night jam-oriented band. The first few years of the band’s history was always warehouse and underground parties in the northern suburbs in Melbourne.
“After many years and not much sleep and a lot of partying, this year and last year we've really tried to take it more seriously and record and sleep before gigs and not be drunk at the beginning of the gigs, just at the end."
While El Moth are getting more traditional music venue bookings, they haven’t entirely split from their party roots. "Every tour is still heavily based on partying for sure. It was really needed, it was a good chemistry within the core members, and it was just a matter for us to take it more seriously. We always loved to do festivals and bigger gigs, but you really can't get away with it just as a jam/ party band.
“So, stuff like rehearsals came into it and having a good direction and concentrating more on songs rather than jamming. We all love to just improvise and jam but lately we're focused more on songwriting."
It’s this focus that has seen El Moth release their debut EP, 'Life Is A Ride', with solid plans to record a full-length album. "We're planning to record an album maybe next year and release that in time for summer and just really enjoy getting back on the festival line-ups."
El Moth play Rainbow Serpent, Lexton in Victoria, Jan 24-27. rainbowserpent.net