THE M.O.A. – Marbles



“Marbles” is the striking second single from Melbourne via Birmingham indie outfit The M.O.A to be released on October 25th, 2019.

After a flurry of activity releasing their debut single “Mind At Large” in August including a cracking live performance on Melbourne’s 3RRR and a surprise spot at Big Sound that definitely raised eyebrows, the band are now gearing up to deliver the next salvo from their impressive stockpile of material. A melancholic indie anthem, “Marbles” tugs directly at the listener’s heart strings and draws a lump in the throat as waves of looped guitar flood the periphery while a driving bass signature and sharp and evocative lyrical themes push the song on, marching defiantly toward a land of revelation.

As the band’s deep feeling lyricist and frontman Daz Houghton describes, “Marbles is a reflection on adolescence and the years that follow as you get older. The way that things you see and do young can repeat and manifest throughout life. From taking acid in classrooms to witnessing and experiencing brutal violence. The valleys and peaks of navigating life in an environment where most people around you seem downtrodden and hopeless.”

The song also speak loudly of Daz’s experiences in his chosen profession as a construction worker, and the challenges that can throw up for a creative soul who aches to pursue song writing instead of obliterating Friday night knock offs with the lads. He expands, “trying to fit into work environments such as factory’s and construction where the climate is generally treacherous. A nod to the importance of friendship throughout testing times and how good stuff can still come out of the bad.”

The accompanying video features Daz slowly making his way to a pier pushing a wheelbarrow with a younger version of himself in tow. As the band’s producer and guitarist AJB explains, “The very initial idea to kill Daz came from a while ago when he said that work was killing him. Having a child represent Daz as a boy…and the lost innocence that’s inevitable. Also, the journey of Daz taking himself to be killed speaks about how it’s not just the path that’s laid out for you but through the choices you make, that you are ultimately a willing participant in your own demise.”

After a chance encounter over a casual studio jam where white hot creative sparks flew and a strong bond was formed, The M.O.A. have been dealing with the tyranny of distance while Daz is living in Birmingham and the rest of the band are in Melbourne working toward a debut album. Gradually showing their hand via these first two singles, which prompted streetpress outlet The Music to offer that the band “have already honed in a distinct and exciting sound,” all signs point to the fact that The M.O.A. are gearing to deliver an assured and exciting long-playing debut.