Moth (9)

Moth (9)

Moth was an alternative rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1989. They released five albums, including 2002's Provisions, Fiction And Gear on Virgin. The band broke up in 2007.

Moth's only constant member was lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Brad Stenz, who co-founded the group as a teenager. In its earliest incarnation, as a three-piece, Moth recorded a self-titled debut album in 1991. Moth was reissued on cassette by James Sfarnas' Holographic Records. Holographic went on to finance Moth's second album, Big League Fantasy Camp, which was released on CD in 1996.

Moth recorded what was to be a third independent album before signing a production deal with New York agency W&R Group. The newly recorded material was shopped around to labels, and Virgin signed the group to a deal. Provisions, Fiction And Gear was released in 2002, with early promotion for the record focused on lead single "I See Sound." However, shortly after the album's release, Virgin chose to drop pop singer Mariah Carey (whom it had only recently signed at great expense) from its roster. The cost of Carey's resulting severance package ($28 million) forced Virgin's parent label, EMI, to completely restructure. In the process, many employees and artists, including Moth, were let go.

After being dropped from Virgin, Moth resurfaced in 2004 with an independently released fourth album, Drop Deaf. A fifth album, Immune To Gravity, followed in 2006 on former A&R executive Todd Sullivan (2)'s startup label, Hey Domingo! Following a series of live dates throughout 2006, Brad Stenz ceased work on the group's next record, and Moth officially broke up in 2007.

Over eighteen years, Moth's rotating cast of musicians included Kevin Coleman, Jason Hounshell, Bob Gayol, Mike Lamping, Zy Orange Lyn, Dan Allaire, Greg Slone, Zach Mechlem, Ted Liscinski, Atom Willard, Kevin Hogle, Bill Buzick, Eric Diedrichs, Eli White, Evan Brass, and Ryan Malott. The group also featured Tommy Stinson and Josh Freese on the recording of Provisions, Fiction And Gear.


Moth (9) Discography Tracks


Moth (9) Provisions, Fiction And Gear (Album) Virgin, W&R Group US 2002 Sell This Version
none Moth (9) Drop Deaf(CD, Album) Vital Records (12) none US 2004 Sell This Version
Hey Domingo! 1001 Moth (9) Immune To Gravity(CD, Album, Dig) Hey Domingo! Hey Domingo! 1001 US 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HR9-M02S Moth (9) Deeper Green(7", Single) Holographic Records (2) HR9-M02S US 1993 Sell This Version
wbr 02sv Protex Blue (2), Moth (9) Protex Blue (2), Moth (9) - The Lunar Chronicles - Vol. 1(7", EP, Blu) Wonder Boy Records (2) wbr 02sv US 1995 Sell This Version
7087 6 16499 2 5, DPRO-16499 Moth (9) Like A Butterfly 'Cept Different(2xCD, EP, Promo) Virgin, Virgin 7087 6 16499 2 5, DPRO-16499 US 2001 Sell This Version

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