Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


band members

Moana Lutton Lochlan Hoffmann Austin Rogers Willow Fearns


Website

Bio

Spellbinding. Captivating. Bewitching. Seductive. Primal. Preternatural. Moana is the creative project of artist Moana Mayatrix, once described by JJJ’s Gemma Pike as one of Australia’s fiercest frontwomen, who is currently working in collaboration with musicians Lochy Hoffmann, Austin Rogers and Willow Fearns. Since the group’s inception in 2013, countless words have been written about the avant garde art rock outfit, all edging around the idea that there is something otherworldly, verging on genuinely dangerous, about this act. Combining the shamanic stream-of-consciousness poetry of peak-era Patti Smith with psychedelic melodies, grungy guitar licks, and propulsive rhythms, Moana doesn’t so much craft songs as pagan prayers set to the heartbeat of the world.

Moana transgresses the boundaries of form and genre, incorporating experimental art, theatre, spoken word performance, poetry, costuming, and more in a cross-media syncresis that engages all the senses physical and beyond, in a kind of ecstatic reverie. A singular approach to music and art has gathered to them a fiercely loyal tribe of fans, who have engaged with the project to successfully crowdfund not only their sophomore EP, The Trilogy of the Black Monsoon, but their upcoming debut album.

A regular and welcome fixture on the local live scene, Moana have played stellar local festival slots including RTRFM's In the Pines, State of the Art Festival, Beaufort Street Festival, Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival, Rottofest and have supported the likes of Tim Rogers, Abbe May, and Ocean Alley. Their recorded works have received rave reviews including a slot in "Top 20 Albums of 2014" from X-Press Magazine and their music video The Killer, My Girl was a finalist in "Best Music Video" for the 2014 WAM Awards, while Vader was a Best Music Video finalist at the 2016 WA Screen Awards.

Moana’s imminent debut LP sees their music push into uncharted territory, resulting in a sound that is weirder, heavier, prismatic. The 10 track album, under construction for the past 18 months, is meant as an exploration into the wild feminine and the brutal, beautiful natural world, the metamorphosis of insects and humans.

Review

Review by Mitch Alexander Mitch Alexander

26 May 2019

Triple J
45

Wasn't expecting to spend my night vibing out to some incredibly thoughtful and creative psych-sludge that's hard as hell, but here we are.

Wasn't expecting to spend my night vibing out to some incredibly thoughtful and creative psych-sludge that's hard as hell, but here we are.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

24 Sep 2018

Triple J
40

Happy we're hearing more psych-sludge sorcery from MOANA. This literally and figuratively howls at the moon.

Happy we're hearing more psych-sludge sorcery from MOANA. This literally and figuratively howls at the moon.