On this New Release Special with Earth Moon Earth, host Toni Bakal talks with Gabriella Evaro and Dan Joeright about their collaborative rhythm and creative influences, we get to listen to the new single New Mourning (Hummingbird), they talk about the track and inspiration behind it, and we talk about upcoming plans for Earth Moon Earth. They will be playing the Ace Hotel on November 22nd in Palm Springs and Pappy and Harriets on December 15th.
Earth Moon Earth is a modern experimental/cosmic rock band from California’s High Desert, created by Drummer/Composer/Producer Dan Joeright (The Rentals) and joined by High Desert native, Singer/Songwriter Gabba Evaro.
This synth heavy, celestial project blends elements of electronic, space and psychedelic rock. Shamanistic drum rhythms, lush bass and melodic synth sounds create a cinematic landscape for Gabba’s smoky vocals to explore in. 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 been working on their self-titled, debut album and playing events in the high desert including Desert Stars Festival, Yucca Man Shakedown, Sunburst 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 Gabba Evaro had a solo show in Joshua Tree that Dan went to see. A conversation took place afterwards and some weeks later Gabba was in Dan’s Yucca Valley, Gatos Trail studio lending her uniquely textured voice to his conceptual tracks.
It was apparent right away that there was an indelible chemistry between the music and the voice. There was also a special musical sympatico between Dan and Gabba as she was able to navigate Dan’s symphonically dense compositions, find space, fill it with graceful melodies and through her lyrics, create colorful imagery.
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 him and Gabba 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.
As 2017 was approaching Earth Moon Earth had a number of live performances under their belt and a record nearly finished when some legal trouble descended on Gabba. A past DUI incident came back to haunt her, house arrest ensued and any plans for touring were immediately put on hold. Dan was able to get, what amounted to a work release, for Gabba to continue to work on the record. They were able to persevere and now armed with a different lyrical inspiration, songs like “Ruby” came to light. The story of “Ruby” takes place in a futuristic, western setting where the character, Ruby, has to find meaning in a mixed up world and searches for her true identity. Not necessarily an innocent, Ruby finds herself taking out anything or anyone in her path as she pursues self-enlightenment. The song “New Mourning (Hummingbird)” is, in part, a reaction to depressing current events mixed with an ancient mystical tale involving the hummingbird as a symbol of hope, who rises above the fray.
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. When Dan talks about EME he claims to have found a unique opportunity with a special group of people, a great collaborator in Gabba and amazing inspiration in the desert. 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.
Show: Desert Stars Festival @ Pappy and Harriet’s Sunday Sept 24th, @ 4:45 pm
By Lisa Morgan
There is an energy that draws an eclectic bunch to the high desert. What is barren, uncultured and weird in the eyes of some, is creatively inspiring, rich in magic and wildly romantic to others. To the music oriented highlanders who find beauty here, the creative unions are potentially endless, always beautiful but often short lived. I say all this to help you understand how significant it is for any of these fledgling movements to push forward into a sophomore year of performance and production. For that reason, I am ecstatic to announce a repeat performance of Earth Moon Earth one year after their debut at Pappy and Harriet’s. The project fueled by stellar producer/songcrafter Daniel Joeright of Gatos Trail Recording Studio and the intensely intuitive and hypnotizing vocals of Gabriella Evaro has graduated from “experimental” to a validated and forward moving project with an album set to be released March 2018.
Skye and Ross Bring Morcheeba Night to Social Hall SF
By Jeff Spirer
Earth Moon Earth opened for Skye & Ross. It was obvious this was a drummer’s band. Daniel Joeright, whose impressive resume includes David Byrne, Tom Waits, and most recently, The Rentals, puts out a big drum sound. Complementing Joeright is a band that includes two on keyboards, a bass player, and a hooded Theremin player. Gabriella Evora arrived after a brief instrumental intro, looking as if she wandered in from Woodstock. Or Burning Man. Listening to the band, it was a little surprising that they weren’t at Burning Man.
EARTH MOON EARTH Release First Single “New Mourning” (Hummingbird)
Interview by Gina Finstad
Hailing from the warm desert sands of California comes a new band with deep roots. Earth Moon Earth consists of members Daniel Joeright (drums), Gabriella Evaro (vocals), Be Hussey (bass), Esteban Chavez (synthesizers), Scott Schaffer (theremin and modular apparatus) and Bob Villwock (keyboards). Together, this collective of creatives bring you a mix of desert space rock with a nice heady celestial kick (think Jimi Hendrix meets Grace Slick in White Rabbit).
It all began at the annual Yuca Man Shake Down party hosted by former The Rentals drummer, Daniel Joeright. Dan had invited a handful of bands to play at the event, and while mingling with the masses he became inspired and decided to round-up a few members to test out some new sounds he had been working on in his home studio.
Dove Dances with Drum in Earth Moon Earth
By Lisa Morgan
The legacy of the musically magic Evaro family continues to grow and evolve as Gabriella Evaro’s dove-like voice and empathically poetic lyric sense join forces with the unique rhythm soundscapes of Daniel Joeright, former drummer for the Rentals. Helping them press deep into some uncharted pop-esque celestial folk rock are Be Hussey (bass), Esteban Chavez (synthesizers), Scott Schaffer (Theremin and modular apparatus) and Bob Villwock (keyboards). Evaro, whose signature voice known for its sultry gentility, shows a unique impassioned strength in this project as it soars above the fusion of rhythm and melodic-synth to frame the lyrical pictures of hope within the human experience painted by this ensemble.
I want to thank everyone who came out to see us at Pappy & Harriets on Sept 1st and to our California shows supporting Skye&Ross (Morcheeba). We had an amazing time and met some truly great people. We got to travel on a purple spaceship named Barney; “Glitch” the theremin wizard alien was born and we achieved new heights musically resulting in some really great opportunities. We are currently hard at work completing the debut Earth Moon Earth album, we will keep you posted on our progress and will continue to tell our stories here. Godspeed! ~ D
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