“As if Jimmy Page played at CBGBs in the 70s”
- a fan
A guitarist, singer and songwriter who started out in the UK before establishing himself in Los Angeles, the tall guy known as Moan Red creates rock 'n' roll from a broad range of musical styles.
Blues not only influences the sound but also inspired the name; something in the style of Son House, Leadbelly or Muddy Waters was needed. A flyer for an early show at Soho nightclub Gaz's Rockin' Blues read "Miami Red bluesman guitarist". Soon the flyers said Moan - it was sorrowful yet sweet.
Moan Red has fronted two bands: the UK's alternative, reggae-influenced Sheriff, who opened shows for Sex Pistol Glen Matlock at the original Mean Fiddler venue in North West London; and LA's Space Hurricane, who released "Intro." (EP, 2015) and "Riff City" (EP, 2017), and whose performance at the Sunset Strip House of Blues (a few days before it closed for good) was described by Mariel Calloway at CaliforniaRocker.com as "a dark and driving sound, a blend of southern blues and classic rock reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and The Who".
Moan Red’s 2015’s retrospective album People Can Tell includes Sheriff’s only two studio recordings “Riot Song” and “Town-E”; as well as two songs from a recording session in collaboration with Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records, “In The Fog” and “Eve”.
Filmmaking is an extension of this house of storytelling. In 2019 Moan Red wrote, directed and scored the short film Psycho Norman’s 1st Cousin Once Removed, a dark comedy exploration based on the central character of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.