Moriaty are a two-man band who intermittently add a 3rd member, previously working with rappers, singers, poets and bass players, they continue to develop the shape of their part time 3rd member. Their main ethos is to have fun, something we fully prioritise at Langaland!
Their sound is influenced by delta glues, swing and boogie sounds of the 20's, 30's and 40's to the rock, roll and jives of the 50's through to the 70's punk, 80's metal, 90's indies and 00's GarageRock.
Jordan West on guitar & vocals describes their influences and inspirations:
"We take our cues from history, not from dickheads with fake glasses.
The literature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a heavy influence. “We just think Holmes is really cool, but having always been attracted to the darker side of life, Moriarty just stood out as a basis for our music. He is clever, devilish and unrepentant – what more do you want from a band?. Influences? Blind Willie McTell, Bill Hayley, Dylan, The Beatles, Zepplin, Sabbath, Misfits, The Pistols, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Noel Gallagher, Mr White, our mates!, the usual suspects I suppose.
I think music is about escape, people sing songs because they want, for a few minutes to be in a different world, somewhere where everyday life doesn’t bother them: that's why we listen to music, and that's why we play it!” – ‘Jordan West’
“One of the most exciting and explosive bands to come around for a long long time… If I was in a band, I’d wanna be in Moriaty.”
James Santer - BBC Introducing Devon
“Playing live they have such an impressive wall of sound that hits you like a rampaging herd of wildebeest. It’s dirty, fuzzed to the eyeballs with romping ball breakingly handsome blues riffs a-plenty, tied down with genius percussion, slick vocals and snazzy suits.”