“The New Great Depression” By The Moth & The Flame

“For the video we wanted to find a way to personify various inner struggles that we carry with us every day – the hidden parts of ourselves that can bring us both weakness and strength throughout our lives.”


The Who: The Moth & The Flame (Los Angeles, CA)

The What: Since forming as The Moth & The Flame in 2011, there has been no lack of acclaim for the brand of thoughtfully heady indie rock that Brandon Robbins (vox/guitar), Mark Garbett (keyboards/vox), and Andrew Tolman (drums) have turned out. As promising a band as they were, in 2016 their musical ascent had to be put on hold for a life and death decision: Robbins donated a life-saving kidney to his friend and mentor, Corey Fox.

Now returning to the art of being a band, it only seems natural that on their upcoming album, Ruthless (due out February 1, via Robot Farming/Thirty Tigers), TMTF has seen fit to dig towards further introspection. “Having a friend come so close to losing his life made me realize that life is short and you need to be honest with people,” says Robbins and the single, “The New Great Depression,” is as apropos an example as any. The single (and the album) finds the band sonically tackling very human conditions such as depression and anxiety (which Robbins, himself, admits to struggling with) as does its Will Kindrick-directed video which keenly illuminates that – for lack of better phrasing – the struggle is real and we are not as alone as we may think we are in it.

The Where: We are big fans of The Moth & The Flame and, in addition to the new album, we look forward to a bright 2019 for them. Therefore we recommend that you keep up with via the usual suspects such as their official website, Facebook and at @TheMothTheFlame on Twitter.