Each and every day, young aspiring musicians put up online ads hoping to find a musical connection with someone with the same tastes as they have. This may work for some but what a lot of the bands that form this way lack is a deep personal bond with each other that can keep them together through more than your average Craigslist band. A lot of these bands also lack passion because of personal differences and that some members may just be playing to get their kicks. The Moose are a band that should be around for a long time because of their personal bond and their passion for what they are doing. Not to mention, they are pretty damn good.
The Moose started one summer ago, when two brothers (Matt and Mitch Bellock) decided to start an acoustic band together. As they wrote songs together they decided that they would need a drummer and enlisted their childhood friend (Dave Catanese) to fill the role. Though they had only played once together at an eighth grade graduation party prior to forming The Moose, everything from knowing each other since early childhood to what instruments they decided to learn, seemed to fall into place like it was meant to be, even the band’s name seemed to come naturally. The name The Moose came about for a plethora of reasons, ranging from the brothers father being a part of the moose fraternity to Matt being nicknamed Moose by Dave (whose nickname is Goose), each member feels like the name just fit since it is so prevalent in their lives.
Musically, on their first full length album, titled Greens, you can hear a wide range of influences that come together just as easily as everything else has. From the pop punk influenced ‘Me, Myself, And Karen’ to the Pixies sounding ‘Green Zone’; you can hear that they are taking those influences and making their own sound that can only be described as The Moose.
Since forming a year ago, they have made a name for themselves on the Chicago music scene and have developed a devout following that keeps growing with each show they play. Recently, they opened for Emo mainstays The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and have started to bring their music outside of Chicago with a show in Nashville.
As a young band on the rise, few things matter more than the music to these three childhood friends. When asked what their goal with The Moose is, their singer summed it up perfectly by saying, “What I want to do is this (music), music is my passion and is the only thing that I can see myself doing long term. I don’t need to be rich, I don’t like money, I don’t want to have a lot of things, I just want to do things that I like doing. Otherwise what are you doing with your time? You’re just wasting your time.” Whether they’re playing to forty people or hundreds people, The Moose have only one goal and that’s to do what they love and do it with passion.
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