Belgian hardcore bruisers Moments are soon to release their latest EP Outlast. If you haven’t heard the band before, then now is a great time to get acquainted with their emotive brand of melodic heaviness.
With a passion and an energy that can’t be denied, Outlast is the kind of short, kick-ass release that you just want more of. Denied, all you can do is play it again and lap up the extremely moreish modern music that they make. The band know how to write a good tune.
Want to know more? You’ve come to the right place. Read on…
Introduce us to Moments
Moments is a 5-piece melody-driven hardcore band from Belgium. We’ve been playing shows for almost 6 years now and are known for our energetic live performance. We like it heavy and we like it melodic. If you like the sound of that, you may want to give us a spin!
What are your influences?
Bands like The Ghost Inside and While She Sleeps are probably the biggest here. These bands deliver a message, and like to do it with a certain kind of energy, a passion. We want to do that aswell.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Blood Youth – Beyond Repair
Gideon – Cold
Architects – The Here and Now
Pvris – White Noise
Essence – The Defining Elements
Tell us about your latest release – Outlast
Outlast is, even with just 5 songs, an EP with quite some variety. Our previous release (Hopes & Dreams) was an album where all the songs were pretty much in the same ballpark. Outlast has 5 songs of which each of them have a different kind of energy. Each time someone will start the next song they will feel a different kind of energy. Even though it is still Moments. We just gave each song a different spin to it.
The name ‘Outlast’ stands for the struggle of keeping a scene alive. We know how hard it is to organise big shows, we know how hard it is getting bigger and growing as a band. But if we all look in the same direction, if we all work together, we might just pull through. Together we will outlast.
What’s the process you use for writing songs?
The music for Hopes & Dreams started out with some guitar riffs written by me and Kristof at my place. When we finished up the guitars, Benjamin added the drums and Gert-Jan the basslines. Vocals were added last.
Outlast was a different scenario, most of the time the whole band was there when writing the music which probably gave it more variety! Most of the time we finished up the instruments before thinking about the vocals. A few songs even started out with some vocal ideas and so we built around that.
What’s your favourite song on the EP and why?
Our first single ‘What If’ is my favourite. I like songs where after 10 seconds in, you immediately know what kind of song this is. It has a very strong intro, heavy riffs and a very catchy chorus. The kind of stuff I like in our music.
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
I think we will continue to evolve, experimenting with different kinds of hardcore and metalcore. When you go through our discography you will notice some kind of progress in our song writing. This does not mean a recent song is more complex than an older one, sometimes we just decided to keep it more basic. Evolving in your music writing is not making everything more difficult but feeling when a song or piece needs to complex or just plain simple and making the right choice. (If there is something like a right choice…).
How did you choose the cover artwork?
Our other albums always had the Moments-logo on the front cover. This time, we wanted something different so we contacted a friend of ours that never designed anything for a hardcore-band, just so we could have “fresh” idea. The snakes are the result of that.
How important is good album art to you?
While being less important than it used to be, it still is pretty important for us. We think good album art contributes to the whole deal. When people buy a physical copy of our album we want them to feel they bought something special, not just the music but a complete package.
I do remember growing up and seeing my dad having various Iron Maiden albums, those really did make an impact on me back in the day and I know their front covers had a big hand in that. (Especially Killers, it scared the hell out of me).
But it is a different time, it is not like that anymore. People are not easily impressed anymore.
What’s your take on the current state of the music industry?
I personally think it is in a pretty poor state. Very few hardworking bands make it big these days or don’t even get the chance to prove themselves.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
For Moments playing live is essential. We want people to come to our show and feel it, the energy, the passion. We’ve played countless shows in small and big venues, it does not matter how many people there are, we will always give it our best shot so that when people leave the show, it’ll be with a big smile on their faces. That is what matters to us.
Do you have any upcoming tours?
Yes, we plan on doing a European tour in July. More details about that soon!
What is your favourite show you’ve played so far?
The Groezrock 2017 show was very special for us. We’ve been going to that festival for years, and playing it in front a big audience, that was a dream coming true. The most intense show was probably one in Czech Republic on our last tour (July 2016). It was just pure mayhem; it was great.
The atmosphere and people there are amazing. We’d go back in an instant.
What are the next steps for Moments?
27th of May we have our Outlast EP-release show. After that we will playing as much shows as possible so people get a taste of the new songs, both in and outside of Belgium. Spread our music as much as we can!
Any final words?
Thanks for reading! We hope to see each and everyone of you at a show nearby!