Earth Moon Earth is a modern experimental/cosmic rock band from Los Angeles and California’s High Desert, created by Drummer/Composer/Producer Dan Joeright (Jim White, Terry Hall, The Rentals) and joined by High Desert vocalist Gabriella Evaro. This synth heavy, celestial project blends elements of electronic, space and psychedelic rock. Shamanistic drum rhythms, lush bass and melodic synth sounds create cinematic landscapes that Laura Bee from Get It On Vinyl describes as “a soundtrack to what it feels like to fearlessly wander.”
Rounding out the line up is Be Hussey on Bass (Radar Bros), Esteban Chavez on Synths (The Freeks), Scott “Glitch” Schaffer on Theremin and Bob Villwock on Keyboards.
Starting as an experimental – live collective featuring Joeright on Drums, Glitch on Theremin and Algis Kizys (Swans, Lydia Lunch) on Short Wave Radio; Earth Moon Earth developed quickly and in 2016 secured a direct support slot touring with trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba. Since then they’ve released their self-titled, debut album and have been playing events in the High Desert and Los Angeles including KCRW Present’s: Desert Stars Festival, Yucca Man Shakedown and the Joshua Tree Music Festival.
The name Earth Moon Earth (EME) was derived from a radio communications technique of the same name. EME is the technique of bouncing radio waves from an Earth based transmitter off of the Moon and then back to an Earth-based receiver for the purposes of extending short wave radio signals over long distances.
Earth Moon Earth was not intended to be a band. Instead Dan Joeright, who has played with a number of artists over the years from Jim White to El Vez to The Rentals, was assembling an experimental collective to perform a one-off at his inaugural recording studio party, christened the Yucca Man Shakedown, in California’s high desert. At that moment it was a trio with Algis Kizys (Swans) on a short wave radio, dialing in transmissions from around the globe as Joeright on drums + samples and Scott Schaffer on theremin provided pulsating rhythms and cosmic tones as accompaniment. The result was a hypnotic, ethereal trip through space in real time. It worked. When the dust settled Joeright decided to continue the journey and started to compose instrumental tracks based on the general concept of space… and later, more specifically, space exploration, as a metaphor for looking inward.
As 2015 gave way to 2016 a collection of material was beginning to amass and the idea of adding vocals to some of the works started to creep in. Right around this time singer Gabriella Evaro had a solo show in Joshua Tree that Dan went to see. A conversation took place afterwards and some weeks later Gabriella was in Dan’s Yucca Valley, Gatos Trail studio lending her uniquely textured voice to his conceptual tracks.
Time moves on, and in June 2016 the annual desert party was approaching again. By now Dan had assembled a collection of friends to join EME for the performance. Former band mate Be Hussey (Radar Bros.) joined on bass, Esteban Chavez (The Freeks) on synth, high school friend Bob Villwock on keyboards with Schaffer returning on theremin. This would be the first “official” Earth Moon Earth performance. It succeeded in captivating the audience and also captured the attention of Ross Godfrey from the trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba. As a result EME were asked to join Morcheeba as direct support for their California tour later that year.
All of their experiments and experience are now a part of the Earth Moon Earth fabric as they continue on the path, building and growing together as they go. They plan to keep exploring, free from belonging to any specific genre. And as with space, there are no limits to where the music can go.
It will all come full circle in June 2018, once again at the fifth annual Yucca Man Shakedown desert party where this year they’ll be celebrating the summer solstice and the release of their debut album, which comes out on May 18, 2018.
DEBUT ALBUM OUT ON MAY 18, 2018