‘The Cultess’ single & video launch
supported by Skullcave + Will Stoker & The Embers
‘The Cultess’ is the third single from Moana’s highly-anticipated debut album due for release later this year. The single and accompanying music video sees Moana expand into heavier, sludgier territory and showcases the stylistic diversity alongside first singles ‘Dracula’ and ‘Sister Winter’.
Moana is the creative project of artist Moana Mayatrix, once described by JJJ’s Gemma Pike as one of Australia’s fiercest frontwomen, who is currently working in collaboration with musicians Lochy Hoffmann, Austin Rogers and Willow Fearns. Since the group’s inception in 2013, countless words have been written about the avant garde art rock outfit, all edging around the idea that there is something otherworldly, verging on genuinely dangerous, about this act. Combining the shamanic stream-of-consciousness poetry of peak- era Patti Smith with psychedelic melodies, heavy guitar licks, and propulsive rhythms, Moana doesn’t so much craft songs as pagan prayers set to the heartbeat of the world.
Moana transgresses the boundaries of form and genre, incorporating experimental art, theatre, spoken word performance, poetry, costuming, and more in a cross- media syncresis that engages all the senses physical and beyond, in a kind of ecstatic reverie. A singular approach to music and art has gathered to them a fiercely loyal tribe of fans, who have engaged with the project to successfully crowdfund not only their sophomore EP, but part of their upcoming debut album.
A regular and welcome fixture on the local live scene, Moana have played stellar local festival slots including RTRFM’s In the Pines, State of the Art Festival, Dali Land 2019, Beaufort Street Festival, Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival, Rottofest and have supported the likes of Tim Rogers, Abbe May, and Ocean Alley. Their recorded works have received rave reviews including a slot in “Top 20 Albums of 2014” from X- Press Magazine and their music video The Killer, My Girl was a finalist in “Best Music Video” for the 2014 WAM Awards, while Vader was a Best Music Video finalist at the 2016 WA Screen Awards.