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Band of the Week: Mossom 

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David Allen Moss (vocals, bass), Russ Herbert (drums)


Moss grew up in Amish country in Geauga County. He went to Rochester to go to trade school but then moved back to Northeast Ohio in 1999 and played in the New Lamonts, a jazz-funk band. "It taught me a lot about improv," he says. "I even learned to do improv vocals. I think a lot of musicians are afraid of that." After working at Beachwood Studios for six years and jamming with the musicians who would hang out there, Moss put Mossom together in Chardon, where he was born. At the time, the band included a guitarist and Herbert, who had been drumming in a local ska party band Pirates of the Burning River. In 2015, the two started writing together and set up shop in Herbert's A-Bear Studio. Most of their early catalog of songs were written mere minutes away from the area where the Moss family settled in the early 1700s. A former minor league pitcher, Herbert plays with "an undeniable athleticism" and counts the Police's Stewart Copeland and Dave Matthews Band's Carter Beaufort as inspirations. "I've been in power trios and you hear that juxtaposition of the guitar and bass," Moss says, "but I bring both to the band. It's licks and riffs."


Moss has referred to the group as "The World's Smallest Marching Band." "I was in college and high school marching band. When I realized that some of our tracks have this march to them, it made it kind of funny. I can't help myself. We thought it would be great to put a little horn section together."


Produced and mastered by locally based multi-platinum veteran, Michael Seifert, the band's debut EP delivers what Moss describes as "an authentic, broad-shouldered blend of indie-meets-progressive rock." The EP commences with the menacing "No Fomo," a song that features some Neil Peart-like drum fills and sputtering vocals. The Rush-like "Levels" offers a warning about the consequences of global warming as Moss sings in a near falsetto over a snappy bass riff. "I'm not afraid of prog-rock," says Moss. "I think it rides that line. It's a little more tangible, and it's just rock really. I feel like it fits in with rock bands like the Dead Weather."



Mossom performs with Dead East Garden and DePrator/Kearns at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Beachland Tavern.

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