Suzi Moon has been wreaking havoc on the L.A. rock scene since she was 15, starting her professional career playing guitar, singing, and writing songs with her sister, Liza Graves, in Civet.
“I’ve been writing songs since I was a ‘tween,” Moon says. “In Civet, I primarily co-wrote with my sister. I’d write the guitar riff, the shape of the song, and she’d put lyrics to it. There were a few Civet songs I wrote lyrics and music to, like ‘Handgun & Cocaine,’ but mostly it was a collaborative process. That’s where our special something came from.”
When Civet stopped playing gigs, Moon started Turbulent Hearts, a power trio, moving on after a few years to play with the all-woman stoner punk band, L.A. Machina.
“In Machina, Michelle Balderrama would email us her songs, and we’d learn them,” Moon says. “When we started the band, I was totally new to bass. I played it like a rhythm guitar. It was challenging to do something out of my comfort zone, learning another woman’s songs and not be the boss, ya know? But I love being the boss, because I am back at it now with my own solo project.”
Moon’s new self-titled trio features her on bass and vocals, Drew Champion on guitar and Rikki Styxx on drums. Pirates Press will soon release their first recording, Call the Shots, a three song EP.
“I didn’t have a band before I recorded these songs,” Moon says. “I wanted to get new music out into the world. I was ready to take full ownership of my art by transitioning to the solo thing. Due to COVID, Rikki, Drew and I were never in the studio at the same time. Everything was done during different sessions. Moving forward, Drew will play guitar and I’ve enlisted Sean Peterson from The Split Seconds to play drums and Patti Bo from River City Rebels to tackle bass. Our first show together is in September, then we’ll be hittin’ the road, hard.”
The music on Call the Shots is played with a ferocious energy. Champion’s blistering guitar attack, the powerhouse drumming of Styxx and Moon’s out of control vocals and bass playing contribute to the hedonistic force of tunes like “I’m Not a Man” and “Special Place in Hell.”
“I have a lot of religious tattoos,” Moon says. “I grew up in a Christian home but, as I’ve gotten older, my beliefs have expanded—I vibe with a lot of Buddhist ideals, too. I think there’s good and bad in all religions. I’m not here to tell people what to believe. There’s nothing particularly religious about ‘Special Place In Hell.’ In that song, Hell is Los Angeles. When I sing ‘There’s a special place in hell … and it’s with me …’ I’m telling my guy to come join me in L.A. and let’s fucking go down in flames together!”
Check out the music video for “I’m Not A Man” here:
Photo courtesy of Suzi Moon and Alan Snodgrass.