Gothamist had a chance to see the Moirai earlier this year at Trash Bar in Brooklyn. To us, they captured the darkest parts of our favorite Radiohead songs while simultaneously giving us something to rock our heads to. Once they began playing, the layers of sound seemed to build up past what we expected it to and at just the right time it finally came crashing down. As it opened up, lyrics fell into all the right places. The best example of this on their demo is the song Empathy For Your Enemy/Hostile to the Helpless.
Gothamist can tell you that we love this bands sound both live and recorded, so be sure to check them out, details on upcoming shows and where to hear them online below.
Their song titles are some of the best we've heard, so show this Jersey band some respect and not use the term Bridge & Tunnel around them.

The Moirai is Mike Jones [drums, keys, programming], Mark Wojcik [bass, vocals], Richard Stewart [guitar], and Brian Carley [vocals, guitar, keys]

Tell us about YOU

Let's get this out of the way, where did the band name originate?

MIKE: The Moirai, in Greek mythology, were personifications of the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things…ok, I cheated a little, that’s a definition I got off the web. At the same time we were trying to come up with a name for the band I was becoming interested in Greek mythology again. I was browsing through some sites when I learned about The Moirai and just thought it would be a cool name. I ran it by the rest of the guys and everyone liked it. We’ve had a lot of problems with pronunciation though; no one ever gets it right, in fact, the four of us don’t even pronounce it the same way, but the way I think it’s supposed to be pronounced is, Mwah-Ray.

You’re from New Jersey. Discuss. Or if you’d rather, tell us about the history of the Moirai.

MIKE: Yes, we are from New Jersey or as Mark calls it New Jerksey. The scene in jersey is actually quite unique. It’s this sort of D.I.Y. thing where the bands, audience, organizers and promoters are all the same people. It has provided an environment where the bands have become very close with the audience, both in terms of relationships and actual physical space. Typically, the audience is, at most, a foot away from the band, if that, and there’s an amazing dynamic that happens because of it.

The history of The Moirai is pretty simple. The Moirai was formed in the early part of 2003, by the remaining 3 members of Penfold. We spent 6 months writing as many songs as we could while working full-time jobs. It was at this point that Rich, luckily and unexpectedly meet our bass player Mark at work. We asked him to come out to a practice to see if he’d be interested in playing with us, he was, so we spent the next 6 months reworking what was already written and ever since we’ve been writing new material and playing shows together.

What can we look forward to from you guys in the future?

A full length album that will be out in the beginning of 2005, touring and lots of shows.

Tell us about US

Seeing as this for, and we are under the assumption that everything revolves around our city, the following questions are meant to gauge your feelings on New York as a city/scene/etc….

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?

Fav: First date w/ a particular person
Worst: First date w/ a particular person

Fav: Working at Dubway Studios in Chelsea.
Worst: Working ridiculous hours Dubway Studios.

What is your favorite place to drink in NYC? What's the best night of the week to go out in the city?

MIKE: The Rodeo Bar.

What is your favorite venue in NYC, to play as well as to see live music at?

Play: not sure
See: Bowery

See: Somewhere with seats, I’m getting too old for this standing around for 5 hours bullshit.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York?

ALL: (least fav) Hauling equipment in and out of the city, loading and unloading.

Finish the following statements:

"You know you've made it when…"

MIKE: Your only job is playing music and you no longer have to work full and part-time jobs to pay the bills.

BRIAN: Someone else is setting up your gear

"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when…"

MIKE & BRIAN: Never.

"I'll never forget the first time I…"

MIKE: hit myself in the face with my drumstick during a show. Man was that a surprise, anyone who was watching would have thought that someone had just shot me with one of those taser guns.

BRIAN: Let Mark see my junk.

“I’ll never forget the first time [insert another band member’s name

MIKE: Brian did his ROCK kick. Man, he gets his foot way up in the air, above his head, all while playing guitar and knitting.

BRIAN: Mark let me see his junk.

MARK: Rich did his Braid imitation - brilliant; more than adequacious or should I say filled with adequatulance?

Now for some quick word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following:


MIKE: Overpriced.
MARK: Overpriced. - my favorite ball team when im alone - wink wink


MIKE: Ya gotta believe.
MARK: The nigh mets?


MIKE: Everything that is wrong with the world.
MARK: Annoying but hot.
BRIAN: Creepy.

Bridge & Tunnel

MIKE: Use them all the time.
MARK: I can’t stand when people who just moved to the city or are going to some art school use this term – is anyone actually born and from the city anymore? Those that are, are the ones that can use this term NO ONE ELSE!!!
BRIAN: Hey!!!

the Darkness

MIKE: Brings back good memories… and reminds me of Rich’s Poison fetish.
MARK: Charlie Murphy

Times Square

MARK: Worst congestion of stupidity EVER!
BRIAN: Scary.

Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws

MARK: f that guy!
BRIAN: Um…/I don’t smoke so I kinda like/I obviously only care about if it involves a show I’m playing or at… I’m so selfish

And a few last questions on the music tip:

What were the first & last albums you bought on the day they were released?

MIKE: (last album) Sigur Ros.
MARK: Metallica - black album - what a shame
BRIAN: I don’t remember…

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?

MIKE: I think an interesting mix of people would be Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith, members of StereoLab, members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, members of MC5 and Greg Dulli.

MARK: Hall and Oats - that's it

BRIAN: Too hard to answer! But I’ll take a shot. John Lennon, Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, William Goldsmith (oh this would be a disaster)

Who would you most like to jam with?

MIKE: I love playing funky drum beats and don’t get the opportunity often enough, so I’m going with George Clinton and the P Funk All Stars, or Prince, or Jeff Buckley, or… well, there’s too many to name I guess. But you could probably throw Hall & Oats in there too.

MARK: Hall and oats - I don't know about jam but I would like to see how the guy from agoraphobic nosebleed programs his drum machine.

BRIAN: My band

Favorite lyric from a song

MIKE: “She’s the tear that hangs inside my soul forever” – Jeff Buckley

MARK: "I’ll beat my dick like it owes me money" - the trash monster from the chapelle show

BRIAN: “and I know she loved me then, I swear to god she did, it’s the way she’d bite my lower lip and push her hips against my hips and dig her nails so deep into my skin”. – the good life


Listen to their demo here

The Moirai plays Saturday September 18th @ Northsix