In 2017, California-based outfit Moonsville Collective released four EPs that showcased their strong song-craft, dynamic musicianship, and heartfelt lyrics. Embraced by both fans and critics alike, the projects blurred genre lines, capturing songs that spoke to, and moved, the listener. In advance of what is sure to be another busy year, members Corey Adams and Ryan Welch (the group also includes Matthew McQueen, Dan Richardson, and Seth Richardson) took the time to answer their Essential 8 and talk struggles, success, the road, and more.
What’s your favorite food on the road?
CA: We enjoy finding the local mom and pop market or deli for lunch. The people
are friendly and the food is fresh. There's no sense in travelling if you end up
at Denny's everyday. Though, despite some occasional push back, I opt for a
Sausage McMuffin and Egg from McDonald's for breakfast.
What do you love most about being on the road?
CA: The convenient stores. We'll spend thirty minutes looking at Native American
jewelry and pocket knives. Dan grabs a popsicle, Ryan grabs a tea. We stop
and talk and laugh at each other.
What has been your biggest struggle so far?
CA: Expectations: the expectations we have for ourselves and the band. We
wrestle with those. Where do we want to be? Are we getting there? They are
internal, but the most frustrating.
What has been your biggest success?
CA: Consistently selling out Pappy & Harriets' in Yucca Valley. We fell in love with
the place the first time we visited, maybe seven years ago. Now it's part of
what Moonsville does. People come out from San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles,
Inland Empire. Everyone stays the night, everyone gets to know each other.
Favorite (or first) concert you have ever attended?
RW: Wilco at the Filmore in SF. They are such an incredible band and that venue is
legendary and beautiful. That was definitely my unrivaled favorite.
Recent release you cannot stop listening to?
CA: I'm still hanging on Mandolin Orange's Blindfaller from 2016. I saw them in
Nashville for an Americana Music Awards showcase last Fall. Fantastic.
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing?
RW: Ideas are everywhere. It could be something small and accidental like
overhearing someone say an interesting line or word while waiting in line at
the grocery store or it could be a feeling you get from the romantic sonic
clash of a TV football game and your neighbors Mariachi band practicing
again. It seems to be the subtle, the everyday things that can hit a heart to
the warning track.
Is drinking at gigs a positive or a negative?
RW: With drinking, it’s usually positive until it turns negative. Most occupations
don’t allow for drinking on the job. I’d say it’s healthy that we don’t give
crane operators or zookeepers free drink tickets when they show up for
their shift. We definitely throw them back and get a little loose but I’d say
we always aim to remain respectful and keep it positive. We don’t always
hit the bullseye but who does.