Born and bred in a small Belgian town Moments channel the power of heavy riffs and catchy choruses to create a truly unique sound. Returning this year with their latest singles 'Nemesis' and 'These Walls' the band have never been more confident, energised and determined to spread their vision and definitive sound to anyone who will listen.
I recently caught up with the band to talk about their latest singles 'Nemesis' and 'These Walls', life in lock-down, writing super-human riffs and we find out which band member used to be a rapper...
"We miss the energy on stage, the connection with our fans, the good feeling after playing a good show… it always feels like coming home."
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lock-down, what kind of things have you been up to since the lock-down came into effect.
The lock-down started at the exact moment we released our single “Nemesis”. We didn’t expect this would happen at a time where we had a lot of new stuff coming up, so that was a pretty crazy moment for us. Just like the whole music industry, we need to search for alternative ways to operate as a band. We’re focusing a lot on all our digital channels to ensure our fans can still enjoy our music. We and our families are all in good health, and that’s the most important thing at the moment.
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist with singles like ‘Nemesis’ and the upcoming single ‘These Walls’ being released in the pandemic. How has this affected your rhythm? This is the time you would be out there promoting the tracks! The fact that we can’t play these songs live in front of an audience, is probably the hardest part for us. We love playing shows and we had to cancel almost all of them this year. We miss the energy on stage, the connection with our fans, the good feeling after playing a good show… it always feels like coming home. Either way, we’re counting the days until all of this is over and we’ll be back stronger than ever. Actually there’s one good point to this whole situation, from now on we’re masters in online meetings and stuff! :)
How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, THIS is what I want to do with my life?
We’ve been playing music and attending shows for as long as we can remember. Festivals like Graspop Metal Meeting and Groezrock were taking place next to our doorstep! We always wanted to be in a band with friends, creating the music we love. It’s really the best feeling there is. Each of us already had other projects before MOMENTS, and now it seems like we’ve found the perfect match.
"Friendship has always been the key for MOMENTS. Before we were in this band, we already were good friends... Being in a band means spending a lot of time together, and the fact that we’re doing all of this as friends makes it a lot more fun."
How did the band get together?
Friendship has always been the key for MOMENTS. Before we were in this band, we already were good friends. After some changes in the lineup we continued with the current five members. Being in a band means spending a lot of time together, and the fact that we’re doing all of this as friends makes it a lot more fun.
With ‘Nemesis’ and ‘These Walls’ being released so close together, yes, we noticed ;), does this indicate a new album or EP on the way?
You noticed well ;) There’s a lot more to come and we can’t wait to share it with the world! You definitely need to stay tuned because a lot of exciting stuff is coming your way.
Your latest release, ‘These Walls’ releases on July 31st. Can you go into the creation process of this track a little more? How did this track come about?
At the time we wrote this song, one of us was struggling with mental health problems. As this is a common problem a lot of people are dealing with nowadays, we decided to write a song about it. We want to spread awareness about mental health and get rid of the taboos around the topic. “These Walls” is about self-isolation and how to deal with the associated negative feelings. When you’re at war with yourself, it’s often hard to find a way out. You might have built walls around you which are too high to escape. The song tells the story of overcoming your fears and tearing these walls down.
For us “These Walls” contains all the ingredients a typical MOMENTS song includes: a catchy chorus, heavy riffs, a lot of energy,... you know the drill! We chose a unique location to shoot the music video, matching the theme of the song perfectly.
"We want to create a unique sound with each new project. It’s our duty as a band to evolve in everything we do and we had the feeling that “Nemesis” was the perfect first single to introduce this new era. We want to extend this to all our future releases."
‘Nemesis’ is an absolute belter of a track and has already received massive critical praise. Is it always the ambition of the band to always push the limits of what the definitive MOMENTS sound can be?
The response we received on “Nemesis” has been amazing so far! It’s been a while since we released new music so it’s good to see the fans are still with us. We want to create a unique sound with each new project. It’s our duty as a band to evolve in everything we do and we had the feeling that “Nemesis” was the perfect first single to introduce this new era. We want to extend this to all our future releases.
Speaking of ‘Nemesis’, you recently did an online playthrough of the track for Red Bull Music. How did this come about? Is it strange doing a video online playthrough without the rest of the band present?
We always had a good relationship with the Red Bull team and we’re grateful to have them on our side. About the playthrough, of course it was a bit strange to do it this way. But we had to seek alternatives because playing shows is off the table. God bless we have Jeffrey (guitar) who does all the technical stuff ;) We’re keen to see some “Nemesis” playthroughs from other people as well!
With everything still up in the air, what do you think the rest of 2020 will look like for you as a band?
That’s pretty hard to tell… On our side, we know there’s a lot of new music and cool stuff to come. We can’t wait to hit the road again, however we need to rely on our common sense right now. We pray for all the bookers, promoters, bands, festivals and so on to keep their head above water!
‘Nemesis’ shows new unheard depths in your sound and just how far your sound and musicianship has come since the release of ‘Outlast’ in 2017, was this a conscious choice or a natural evolution of your sound?
By the end of 2018, Sam had joined the band as our new lead guitarist. This is the first reason why our sound changed. Also, we’ve been reflecting about what defines us as a band and what’s typical for a perfect MOMENTS song. We tried to build these new songs around all of this.
"Definitely 'What If'! As we were talking about the typical MOMENTS sound, this song includes all of that: good vibes, catchy chorus, heavy/groovy riffs and A LOT of energy. Either way, this is the image we want to create around our music."
If you had to choose one song from the MOMENTS catalogue that you feel encompasses the bands signature sound, which song would you choose and why?
Definitely “What If”! As we were talking about the typical MOMENTS sound, this song includes all of that: good vibes, catchy chorus, heavy/groovy riffs and A LOT of energy. Either way, this is the image we want to create around our music.
Can you tell us a fun fact about each member of the band?
We can tell you many of them, haha, but we’ll stick to one. When Benjamin (drums) played his first ever MOMENTS show, he had only one hour to prepare and learn the songs. He was used to playing one song for fun but that turned out differently. He played the whole set and killed it!
Watch out, Dries (vocals) is in charge of the groupies.
Though Dries is only 29 years old, he lives in the body of a sixty-year-old man. Baldness is just around the corner!
Gert-Jan (bass) used to be a rapper. He was in a hip-hop project and now he’s rocking the bass in a hardcore band. Funny how things can change.
Sam (guitar) fell into a cauldron of magic potion when he was a baby, causing him to be in a permanent state of superhuman riff writing.
Some might have already noticed, but we call Jeffrey (guitar) “dad”. He’s the responsible guy and takes care of all the technical stuff. Mostly he drives the car and brings us home safe. Once a year, the tables are turned, and we take care of our dad.
What is on your playlist at the moment?
We really dig the new albums of Novelists, The Ghost Inside and Polaris. Beside that Beartooth and Stick To Your Guns have always been returners in our playlist. However we’re also into some bands we’ve met on the road. Some of them definitely need more appreciation! Beside all this heavy noise, we also listen to other kinds of music. This sometimes inspires us during our writing sessions.
Finally, as we are called Not A Phase, were you guys scene kids when you were growing up? If not, what kind of music were you rocking out back in your formative teenage years?
Yes, we were definitely scene kids. We already attended hardcore shows when we were teenagers, and we still do. Also, we have always loved other kinds of music styles.
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