As we enter the closing 6 months of an already packed 2022, acoustic duo Riley’s Cove are released their new EP “Moth”, which has already been picked up by BBC Radio Somerset.
We spoke to the guys about their latest release.
Frazer Mitchell; Hi Guys, thanks a lot for joining us again at Antix! Congrats on your latest release. I’ve got to start by asking you, why is the EP called “Moth”?
Riley’s Cove; So Moth is the title track from our new EP, it's a song about being 'drawn to the fire' in the same way that Moths are notoriously drawn to light, but a Moth or butterfly is also a symbol of change and growth, and we really feel that we as a band we've grown in our style and sound since the release of the first EP 'High' back in 2021.
FM; Your EP “High” which you released in 2021 was quite a success as well - was it a case of you had loads of new music you needed to release, or did you write new songs after the success of “High”?
RC; We're really thrilled with the success of High which has been played on radio stations in USA, Australia, Ireland and UK. We were even awarded 'International Band Single of the Year' from the International Singer Songwriters Association in the USA which is a huge achievement for humble duo from Somerset, particularly as it was our debut single. This gave us a huge confidence boost that our music was hitting the right notes, so that coupled with the fact that we really love writing and performing spurred us on to write and release more original music this year, which is what became the ‘Moth’ EP.
FM; For anyone who hasn’t seen you perform before, or heard your music, who would you say your influences are for this EP?
RC; We have really eclectic taste in music, and we know everyone says that but Scottie is a big country fan, and Chelle grew up listening to Queen and Elvis but equally chose the DnB channel at the Antix Dance Village silent disco at Home Farm (which we both thoroughly enjoyed!). Our personal music tastes are really wide ranging, but we both love the soulful sounds of Joss Stone and Paulo Nutini, as well as Ward Thomas and even Alanis Morisette. And actually, the EP tracks are also quite varied. You have the beautiful soft ballad of 'Falling' full of strings and layers of harmonies, but at the other end you have 'Moth' which is very upbeat and has similarities to Mumford & Sons.
FM; So tell us a bit more about what you’re up to, where you’re playing over the next few months; anything else we should know about going on?
RC; We have plenty of local gigs coming up across Somerset between July and October, including The Lamb Axbridge on 24th July, and The Helyar Arms in East Coker on 14th August, but you can find a full list of where to find us on the website and socials www.rileyscove.com. And then in the winter we'll start to write new tracks for a potential release later next year.
FM; Thanks a lot for joining us again, and best of luck with the new EP!
RC; And thanks to the Antix Music Network for supporting us and local bands. Great to talk to you about 'Moth' and thank you for sharing.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network