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The singer/songwriter and guitarist in the grunge trio Habitat Noise is, organically speaking, a drummer. The Georgia native spent four years hitting the skins in Los Angeles before coming home, in 2008, to open a recording studio, which he called Habitat Noise.
He also taught himself guitar.
“When I was out west,” says Moats, “I went through a lot of bands that we would have a singer, then six months later, the singer’s not showing up any more. He’s just gone. We don’t know why.
“I just got tired of that, and I wanted to have at least one stable act. And it’s a lot easier doing that, because I can just control that aspect of it, I guess.”
Although he plays most of the instruments on Frequencies on Earth, the just–released second Habitat Noise album (available through iTunes and other digital retailers), onstage Moats plays with drummer Chris Nelson and bassist Lisa Lombardi.
“I’m just learning, man, that’s about all I can say,” Moats laughs. “I’m a drummer, and I’m trying to learn how to do the rest. I think the songwriting is strong, I’m trying to get the vocal lead and kinda round it all out right now. But it’s grunge rock ‘n’ roll, not much to it ... just play what you feel kind of deal, you know?”
Both Nelson and Lombardi are full–time teachers, which limits Habitat Noise’s opportunities to perform live. They will, however, be at Screamin’ Mimi’s Dec. 7, with The Joy Kills and Conquer America.
Ah, but Moats is fighting his foo in other ways. A few months ago, he took over the drum chair in Whaleboat. How come?
“Mainly because I just love playing music, and I wanted something that was going to occupy my time,” he says. “And I’d been looking to play drums in a band since I moved to Savannah. I just never really found the right group of people that I could kind of get along with, and all that. I wanted to find something that was consistent — now this is going well, so it’s pretty fun.”
The sound-scape involves driving guitars with energetic choruses.
Habitat Noise is now promoting live shows and gigging around the Southeast.