Moe Green’s Eye
We call the story behind the creation of NYC’s latest powerhouse rock group, Moe Green’s Eye, a ‘feel-good’ story – a story about a group of guys (Anthony Galati, Steve Siegel, Bob Gallagher, Jeff Mackey) with fantastic talent that for their own reasons, had to walk away from music for a time…but thankfully, that fire remained, and this foursome has come together later in life to make some kick-Ass tunes that harken back to a better time in rock. The sound these guys are re-building borrows from 60s and 70s classic rock, 80s new wave, and even some rock sensibilities from today, and NYC is on notice. Based on their new record alone, Moe Green’s Eye has been earning entrance to some of the best rock venues in the city. That debut EP is titled Fast Radio Bursts.
We had a chance to ask the guys about the new music – the band told us, “We’re big believers in sounding great live. We’ve all been to too many shows where the band never sounds like the recording and we think that the fans should hear the same sound quality and performance live as they do from the recorded version. That’s why we did a live EP, to show the fans that what they hear recorded is what they will get at a live show. All one takes with no overdubs. Fans should also expect a good foundation for the rest of our music and what musical direction we’re going. We are fans of well-crafted melodic, memorable pop/rock.” Click to https://www.facebook.com/
XXQs: Moe Green’s Eye
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound?
Moe Green’s Eye (MGE): We think we are a blend of classic rock merged with 80’s guitar based New Wave.
PEV: Now known as an NYC powerhouse, what kind of music were you all into growing up?
MGE: We all are fans of The Beatles, but Anthony Galati our lead singer is a big Prog Rock fan with Jethro Tull being one of his favorites. Steve Siegel, guitarist and primary song writer is a big fan of the songwriting style of bands like REM, U2, Tom Petty, and The Clarks, but grew up listening to The Who, Pink Floyd, Rush and Cheap Trick. Jeff Mackey is a big Beatles fan, but also loves Black Sabbath. Bob Gallagher, our drummer, is a huge Zeppelin fan.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Moe Green’s Eye show?
MGE: We’re big believers in sounding great live. We’ve all been to too many shows where the band never sounds like the recording and we think that the fans should hear the same sound quality and performance live as they do from the recorded version. That’s why we did a live EP, to show the fans that what they hear recorded is what they will get at a live show. Also, all of the band members have been friends for a very long time, so the sheer enjoyment and high energy of playing music comes across in our live show.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
MGE: Play great and have fun and hope that resonates with the crowd.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?
MGE: The best inspiration is life experience, either living it personally or watching the experiences of friends and family. Steve our main songwriter is a big fan of storytelling, so it’s really easy to write songs and lyrics when the experiences are real and heartfelt. The things that we experience are pretty universal to everyone’s life experiences, so those stories/songs resonate really well.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Moe Green’s Eye?
MGE: We’ve all had some level of success in the music business in different projects, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to sustain a longer career, so we’re a bit older to be starting up again with writing, playing, recording, and touring. We never gave up our love of music even after we walked away from it for a while. The time was right to try again, now older, wiser, with deeper life experience and more comfortable with who we are as people and musicians.
PEV: What can fans expect from your debut EP, Fast Radio Bursts?
MGE: The fans will get a feel of how we sound live as the EP was done completely live, all one takes with no overdubs. They will also get a good foundation for the rest of our music and what musical direction we’re going. We are fans of well-crafted melodic, memorable pop/rock.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full?
MGE: The first thing is, does the song evoke a feeling and does it have a vibe that jumps out of the speakers. The second thing is the feeling of accomplishment that comes with working together for the benefit of the song, no egos, no drama; just did we make a great song.
PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?
MGE: Years ago when we first started recording, playing, and touring, there was no internet so the biggest challenge was getting our music out there and getting noticed, so the mechanisms of music distribution were a lot harder. It’s funny that now it’s easy to get your music out there and still as hard, if not harder to get noticed, because anyone can put music out there. There are so many amazing talents out there that can’t cut through the noise. The other part is building a fan base that wants to make the effort to come out and see live music, but if the music is good, people will come.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
MGE: We’re all pretty normal guys, living really normal lives, so it’s the same things that everyone else does: wash the car, clean the house/apartment, shop for groceries, spending time with family and friends. We’re all big sports fans so watching sporting events is a big thing for all of us with football and hockey being our favorite sports to watch and attend. I remember watching an interview with Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles saying that before the reporter came over for the interview, he did the dishes so that there weren’t dirty dishes in the sink and this is a guy who played to packed stadiums. So there you have it.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
MGE: We think we are all pretty uniform in our choice for past artist and that’s the Beatles. The why is pretty simple; just to watch and collaborate with that level of musical genius in one place would be amazing and the ultimate classroom. Other artists would vary from member to member, but Steve as the primary songwriter has an interesting mix of Tom Petty and Scott Blasey of The Clarks. Steve is just a fan of how those guys write consistently great songs and just to watch and participate with their musical process would be so great to see. Steve’s playing style has a bit more of the REM type of feel, but he loves great storytelling and those two songwriters really tap into a slice of life that he finds really compelling and they have really memorable music.
PEV: So, what is next for Moe Green’s Eye?
MGE: What’s next for any band? Continue to write, record, and perform new material. Continue to perform and build our fan base, continue our own tour, and look to support headlining acts that like what we are trying to do both musically and as people, which is to show people that dreams don’t have to die, but sometimes they need a vacation.
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