We gotta keep pushing, gotta keep pushing through. Itâs gotta mean something to you. Occupying the fertile ground between organic band land and an all-electronic production project, Bob Moses draw on the two poles to vividly resonate across both. A duo with an individual name, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallanceâs musical endeavor plays with this kind of duality all over their debut album Days Gone By.
âWe were never happy just making music on guitars,â says Tom Howie of the organic-electronic sound of Bob Moses, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Canada duo he formed with partner Jimmy Vallance. âOur live show combines what a DJ does with a rock band,â Vallance adds. âEverything flows together in a continuous mix for the dancefloor, but itâs all our own original music, with live vocals and guitar. Then again, we came out of a scene that was trying to change what dance music is â that pushed beyond the expected sonic spectrum.â
Initially connecting in high school back in Vancouver, the two went their separate ways â Howie to Bostonâs Berklee College Of Music, Vallance to the commercial dance charts producing big room floor fillers. After moving to New York City separately only to serendipitously bump into each other in a carpark and discover that they each had studios across the street from each other in Red Hook, the call was made to get together to try and jam something out.