Brother Moses was formed in 2014 by a group of friends who wanted to try and find a place for themselves in the small-but-vibrant Fayetteville, Arkansas music scene. Childhood friends and college roommates James Lockhart and Moses Gomez wrote songs in their spare room and showed them to friends and fellow University of Arkansas students Matthew Heckmann and John-Lewis Anderson, who invited them to play an annual Halloween house party they hosted. The turnout far exceeded expectations; the house was so packed and the costumed crowd so berserk that Gomez “thought for sure the floor was going to cave in.” The experience bonded the four together and with a later addition of drummer Corey Dill, Brother Moses was born and set out to recreate the spirit of that night over and over.
Their first official release, the sun-soaked, blissed-out Legends, took that spirit and condensed it into six songs that showcased the intertwined guitar work of Anderson and Gomez and the relentlessly catchy hooks of dual frontmen James Lockhart and Matthew Heckmann. Produced and recorded by Raymond Richards (Local Natives, LCD Soundsystem) in Los Angeles, the record quickly turned the house parties into sold-out shows, and the group of friends into a creative unit that sought to make something uniquely their own.
Their first full-length release saw the band staying true to their frenetic roots, but dialed down to a more focused and controlled center. Mixing explosive The Walkmen-sized hooks with tightly wound ribbons of guitar and synthesizers, Magnolia would go on to collect over a million total streams in just a year’s time after a completely independent release in February 2018.
Soon after the release of Magnolia, the band made the decision to move from Arkansas and relocate permanently as a group to New York City. They celebrated the move with the release of Sam & Diane, a track that showcased the band’s pop music IQ and ever-increasing knack for making music that travels from ambient expanses to cathartic eruptions within a single song. Their focus in 2019 and beyond is to continue cranking out bangers and bringing the spark of a jam-packed house party to as many stages as possible.