Photo: Victoria Rich




For At The Shore - Atlantic City Press 5/14/99

Musical communication has become the embodiment of The Moths during the four years the band has played together.

The band allows for the individuality of its members to flow freely between their songs and lyrics, says Tom Rigney, who plays bass and sings.

"We really communicate well musically," Rigney says. "With us, we always feel like we're coming with something different."

Three of the band's members regularly write songs for The Moths, rather than one person taking the lead like many other original music bands.

Tim Reedy and K, who both play lead guitar and vocals, write most of the music, and Rigney also pitches in his talents. Rigney's brother George rounds out The Moths on drums. Rigney says the multiple songwriters in the band make it difficult to classify The Moths' original music into a specific genre.

"Because there's three songwriters, we throw a lot of styles around," Rigney says, noting that the band's music spans punk rock, pop and even Latin sounds. "We have a lot of influences. I'd say we sound like Neil Young's Crazy Horse meets the Pixies."

The Moths will bring their unique blend of influences to McGuire's Erin Bar in Atlantic City on Saturday night for a show with deardarkhead.

During the past four years the band has been together, Rigney says the songwriting of the band has dramatically improved because they now work together on songs.

"I think our songwriting has improved a lot," Rigney says. "When we first got together, we were sort of writing songs in isolation. Now it's like when we bring something to the table we have a much better idea of what the band can do with the song."

And no one goes without criticism, something Rigney considers a great asset.

"We talk about each others' styles," Rigney says. "It gets to be a songwriters workshop. You have to leave your ego at the door at our rehearsals. We all see a big difference in our songwriting."

Rigney says he hopes that difference is apparent to both producers and audiences in The Moths' latest CD "Lepid-Opera," named as a takeoff on the scientific name for butterflies.

"We're presently finishing up our second record," Rigney says. "We'd love to see it out in the fall."

The Moths first CD, which was self-titled, was distributed under New York-based Wagon Train Records in 1998. About 1,000 copies were made, and some are still available through the band's Web site:


Rigney says the drive to make it big doesn't dominate the band. "It's just a long process when you're an independent band," Rigney says. "The music comes first anyway. A lot of bands get so caught up in trying to make it." Rigney says the band is willing to be patient for its chance. Most of the band members are in their early 30s and have become accustomed to the music scene.

Rigney met Reedy and K in college at the State University of New York in Binghamton. They had been in separate bands at the time and later got together to form The Moths.

"After a while it kinda made sense," Rigney says. "This is the second or third incarnation of The Moths."

Until the band makes a breakthrough, Rigney says The Moths will continue to work on building audiences through live shows like the one at McGuire's this weekend. He says the bands true sound comes through when the two lead guitarists work together on stage.

"Some of our best moments are when we're into something and they're both leading at the same time," Rigney says. "We like our audience to get as carried away with the sound as we do. We try to create sound-scapes with our instruments. We hope they stagger out of the bar totally bombed because they liked us so much."

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