The lyrical and sonic themes at play on Richmond-based rockers Moniker’s latest EP, Private Prophet, represent the push and pull between best laid plans and life’s realities. Following singing to Brooklyn-based label Good Eye Records, the main vehicle for songwriter Jordan Scott is set to follow the grief-processing Good Bye Waste Land LP with a guitar-driven exploration of what comes next.
Scott started Moniker as a solo project back in 2015 drawing early praise and earning a slot supporting Car Seat Headrest in Brooklyn. Following the release of Good Bye Waste Land, written as a means to help process the death of a long-time friend, Scott embarked to go teach English in France, where he started writing the music on Private Prophet.
Scott’s personal growth in that time is charted from the big picture to the everyday as he details on single “Kicking And Screaming” saying it’s, “about coming to the end of your life and getting a second wind from it, either from joy or from fear.” Or on “Mess at Best” adding, “When I first got to France to teach English I didn’t stop to think that French doorbells could look completely different from what I’m used to, and so as soon as I arrived where I was staying and my knocking went unheard I got a slow, condescending, “Do you know you can use the doorbell?” The weirdness of the situation and its generally unflattering nature left their mark on me, and the rest of the song followed pretty quickly.”
Stay tuned for more from Moniker and be sure to follow them on their social outlets. Private Prophet is out March 1st and is the thirteenth release from Good Eye Records.