If you’re looking for something to shake up the normal everyday, run of the mill, humdrum music we are too often bombarded with, then this is the band for you!
Benny The Moth are the four piece genre defying, high impact band hailing from Jersey Channel Islands consisting of Lionel Gomes on Vocals, Tom Kennedy on Guitars, David Michel on Bass and James Evans on Drums.
No strangers to the scene, the band first formed in 2002 starting life in the province of Gorey in Jersey, which is not only famous for reasons, now undoubtedly, linked to the band but also for the nocturnal insect life that resides there amongst its merriment of lights and rich fauna. And of course it’s also from where the band took inspiration for their somewhat unusual moniker!
Benny The Moth released their 3rd album ‘Life Amongst Plants and Fungi’ in 2020 which also included a former version of the track ‘No War’.
The band have taken this track and headed back into the studio with it, to produce a reimagined and reworked version of the track. The new and improved version is heightened by the addition of some pretty awesome instrumentals including a harmonica and saxophone, making this tune a one of a kind, stand out anthem of epic proportions.
One listen to Benny The Moth ‘No War’ and you’ll be drawn into their funky, psychedelic, rocking world. The band effortlessly combines elements of reggae, dub, punk, ska and rock with a dash of Latin and Jazz … you could be forgiven for thinking this is some kind of musical madness, but believe us it works! They’ve successfully combined elements of everything they love into one big melting pot and the result is a delectably delicious new wave genre of something which is fresh, vibrant and beyond exciting! They’ve produced a brand new genre of genreless music for the masses to revel in and enjoy. This is one band for sure that can’t be and won’t be pigeonholed!
The band have said of the track:
“This track is a reggae/ska/jungle inspired timeless anti war message promoting peace and the power of the spoken word – war is scourge waged upon civilised innocent peoples for the benefit of powerful international corporate and ideological factions and we have responsibility as free citizens to voice our resistance to such crimes against civilians
Words are your weapons
Message in the music
Have no fear
Fight for truth and justice”
‘No War’ was recorded at Orbital Studios in Jersey and was produced and mixed by Lucas Saunter. The track is being released on all digital streaming and download platforms by Bubblebrain Records and is published by Sentric.
To support this new release the band have further announced that they intend to release a brand new 4 track EP in 2023 the release of which will coincide with a UK club and festival tour. Full details of which will be announced in due course
Listen to ‘No War’ here now.
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Words by Sally Newman