Seldom does a band undergo such a sonic metamorphosis so early in their career as Brisbane doom riff machine Dark Moon Society.
Starting life in 2017 as more of a punk-influenced band – as evident by their debut single Night Demon – Dark Moon Society recently released their second track The Reaper, a more sludge-driven, guitar fuelled number that is about as far removed from Night Demon as they could get.
Not that the band are already having an identity crisis of sorts. Far from it.
They are just young enough, fresh enough, and, more importantly, confident enough to realize a person’s musical tastes grow and develop over time. Rather than fight that notion, Dark Moon Society have plunged directly into a fresh sonic realm with vocalist Alex Pierce happy to chat with HEAVY about the new track and musical direction.
“The band started in 2017, and we had a bunch of songs, and we recorded a bunch of them and then kind of moved on from them,” he explained. “We started this new genre – for us anyway – and this was one of the first songs that was a part of that. It’s kind of inspired from a bunch of different genres. It’s hard for us to tell people what genre we are because it’s taken from a few things. I think this song took a lot of inspiration from bands like Soundgarden. We’re writing some stuff now that’s heading more towards Sabbath and The Sword and stuff like that. Still that grungy, doom, stoner rock type thing, but this was one of the first songs that started that era for us.”
In the full interview, Alex talks more about The Reaper, it’s musical direction, future music plans, the musical journey planned by Dark Moon Society, the formation of the band, their recent East Coast tour, shows planned for the rest of 2023 and more.