Earth Moon Earth is an experimental pop band from deep in the Mojave Desert.
Formed by drummer/producer Dan Joeright (The Rentals) and complimented by the smoky vocal style of Gabba Evaro; this synth heavy, celestial project blends elements of electronic, dreampop and space rock. Shamanistic drum rhythms with lush bass and synth sounds create a spacious landscape for Gabriella’s rich vocals to explore in.
Rounding out the lineup is Be Hussey (bass), Esteban Chavez (synthesizers), Scott Schaffer (theremin and modular apparatus) and Bob Villwock (keyboards).
Gabba: I met Dan way back in the day at Pappy and Harriet’s in the desert.
Dan: I had just moved out to Joshua Tree from LA and built and opened Gatos Trail recording studio, it was a totally different culture, and there she was spinning around with a ribbon wand in the middle of the desert.
Gabba: Life happens, time flies and here I am playing a show years later and Dan comes in. It’s the first time he actually hears me sing and he asked me if I would maybe like to come and sing on a song he was working on.
Dan: I was actually looking for a singer. I’d been writing music for a few months and had this one particular track (Heartbeats) that I had an idea for a female vocalist on.
Gabba: Life happens and time flies again and months later I finally arrive at his home and studio.
Dan: She came to my place, which is an old desert barn that I converted into a recording studio and I played her the track a few times as she sat and listened. She started taking notes and humming out some melodies and then walked to the vocal booth. I let the track roll and was astonished at what I was hearing. She was nailing the track on the first take! Lyrics, melody, everything, it was like the track was written for her or by her. It was, simply put, magical.
Gabba: Dan talked about his Summer Solstice party he throws called Yucca Man Shakedown and he’s putting a band together, Earth Moon Earth, sonic, space, music…
Dan: It was coming up on our 3rd annual Yucca Man Shakedown music festival, so I needed to start putting a show together and rehearsing a band. I got Scott Schaffer the theremin player who had jammed with Algis Kizys (Swans, Lydia Lunch) and I the previous year. Be Hussey, a great bass player from the Radar Brothers who runs a recoding studio in Glendale called Comp-ny, Esteban Chavez on synth from a killer psych-rock band called The Freeks and a childhood friend of mine Bob Villwock on Keyboards. It was amazing. There was a spark, something real special was happening.
Gabba: It turned from this cosmic ride of music, to hopping on tour with Morcheeba. We time travelled.
Dan: After the show I posted a video to social media and almost immediately my good friend, Ross Godfrey contacted me about opening for Morcheeba’s west coast tour. The shows we did with them were absolutely amazing. The crowds had no idea who we were, we didn’t have any music released, but I guess we made a connection because we got a really enthusiastic reaction from them. It gave us confidence in this “experiment” of ours, which helped us persevere through some of the tough stuff that came later.
Gabba: All while I had a DUI from a year before that had come back to haunt me and became a living nightmare. I cant talk about it too much because the legal proceedings are still ongoing. But once we got back from tour, on Sep 9th began my 6 months house arrest, alcohol monitoring system, ankle bracelet and probation. We had to work within certain hours of the day and if I did not give a notice that I was working with Dan 24 hours in advance, I would not be allowed to leave my property. I was only allowed to go to and from work.
Dan: This was a potentially devastating blow since there was talk of joining Morcheeba for the European leg of their tour but we had to put everything on hold. We decided to hunker down and finish the record but we had to figure out a way that we could continue to work together. I had to pick her up at her house every day, bring her to the studio, work all day and then drive her back home. We did this several days a week for several months until the tracking of the record was finished.
Gabba: We were literally working on the clock for if I were to ever have been home 1 minute late, I would have been thrown in prison. So stress was alive in my mind and in my body but the music kept me sane, it saved me and continues to.
Dan: We were all able to rally together and work through it and I think we’re a stronger band because of it. We’ve had some trial by fire moments and now we’re coming out the other side. Seriously, that’s how it feels! We now have a record finished, a single released, shows booked and some other exciting stuff on the horizon, we’re ready to spread our wings.
Gabba: I am sometimes still having a hard time. For I was living in constant fear but every time I sat behind the mic in the studio I would forget I had a bracelet on, that I can go to prison, that I’m a convicted felon, and that life totally fucking sucks right now. Just then when we would record, I would feel that life is good, that I am free.
Dan: Gabba and I have a musical chemistry that’s really rare to find and it’s the one thing you can’t manufacture so if you find it you better hold on to it.
Gabba: It has been a long road for the band, they are my crutch. We have finally finished something to be proud of and I am more free then I was during the recording process because I no longer have a fucking bracelet on.
Dan: It was a trip, and I certainly feel you can hear that on the record. And you can feel that in our live shows. A lot of things also clicked. Working on the mixes with Tom Biller (Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, Silversun Pickups) was great, as was getting Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Spoon) to master the record. We just officially released our first single New Mourning (Hummingbird), the record is finished and we are talking to a bunch of people right now trying to find the right home for it. We are excited to come full circle and play Desert Stars at Pappy and Harriet’s on September 24th. Life is good.