ACL Preview: Moats

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LiveMom is thrilled to be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the fifth straight year. We have listened to all 140 bands and are your one-stop-shop for the biggest music event of the fall, whether you are taking the whole fam or using it as an excuse to get some adult time. Keep up with our coverage of this year’s festival here on LiveMom and over on Facebook, Twitter, our ACL 2014 Pinterest page and Instagram. We’ll be there Weekend One! You can even peruse our schedule.


Sure, I am excited about the Austin City Limits Music Festival because of the headliners, but it’s also a great opportunity to discover some new-to-me artists. One of the bands I’m planning to check out on Weekend One is Moats. The British four-piece caught my attention with its driving guitars, moody melodies and a sound that seems perfectly suited for Zilker Park. Moats secured a slot to perform at ACL after winning a contest for unsigned UK bands which was sponsored by NME.

In “Toothache”, below, lead singer Matt Duncan and Asya Fairchild’s vocals pair well together on a catchy track that is sure to have ACLgoers swaying to the beats.

You can catch Moats on the RetailMeNot Stage on Friday, October 3rd from 1:15-2:15pm.

Moats ACL Preview

We had the chance to ask the band a few questions about their first trip to ACL, who they are looking forward to seeing and what else they would like to do while they are in Austin.

LiveMom: How would you describe your sound?

Moats: I would describe our sound as happy and moody. Somewhat heavily melodic as well.

LiveMom: Who are your musical influences?

AdvertisementMoats: Musical influences involve a massive variety of musicians, real life subjects and personal experiences. If I were to say any band names or artists that inspire us I would, but there are just too many to think about and I don’t really think it’s fair to compare bands or artists together sometimes. It’s obvious though that we have taken some inspiration from other artists which some people make out to be a terrible thing but surely we’re doing something quite dramatically different to what over people compare us to. Well, at least I hope so…haha.

LiveMom: How did you come up with the band’s name?

Moats: We came up for the name of the band about 6 years ago or so now when me and James were brainstorming ideas and Moats came up just out of the blue. We then made a MySpace page for it and decided on another name which actually turned out to not work as well as we hoped so we went back to our original instinct with Moats.

LiveMom: Is this your first time at ACL? What are you planning to do while you are in Austin?

Moats: It is indeed our first time. We want to see every single artist that are playing there! And just enjoying a festival environment in another country. We also want to visit a lot of the local venues there and I want to go and visit a big American skatepark as I’ve been a fond skateboarder for 10 years. Also I can’t wait for the food out there. Yum yum.

The bands I am most looking forward to are Interpol, Beck, Real Estate, Mac Demarco, Outkast, Belle & Sebastian, Gramatik, Jimmy Cliff and TuneYards. I wanna see everyone, to be honest.

LiveMom: What’s up next for the band after ACL?

Moats: After ACL, we are going to be releasing our five track EP “Rough” in November. We will also be doing a tour in the United Kingdom, and recording an album! We hope everyone’s excited for us, we’re really excited :- )

You can keep up with Moats on the band’s website, Facebook page, Tumblr and SoundCloud.

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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