Ears Wide Open: The Moth & the Flame



Singer-guitarist Brandon Robbins offers a lot of apologies in “Sorry,” the new single from L.A.-based trio the Moth & the Flame. But one matter about which he and bandmates Mark Garbett and Andrew Tolman have no regrets is moving to Los Angeles a couple of years ago from Utah. In 2011, the trio self-released a full-length that could be characterized as a starter set of alt-rock, but since then things have fallen into place. They worked with drumming/production savant Joey Waronker on their new EP “&” (out Oct. 29), which has been picked up for worldwide distribution, and Robbins, Garbett and Tolman are working on their full-length with producer Peter Katis (the National, Interpol). With its serpentine bass line, “Sorry” is exemplary of the new EP’s spacious yet atmospheric arrangements and ear-hogging rhythms. The Moth & the Flame will tour Europe starting in late October with Imagine Dragons (for whom Tolman used to drum).

||| Stream: “Sorry”

||| Live:
The Moth & the Flame play Oct. 25 at the Bootleg Bar.