Roky Moon & BOLT!, Glam-Rock Monsters Of Midtown

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to

Marc Brubaker
Roky Moon at the Mink, November 27
Occasionally - not often, but occasionally - we'll have to be "sold" on a band before knighting them Artist of the Week. Some bands just don't jump clean out the speakers. There was no such coaxing necessary with this week's choice, prime-cut rock-n'-roller fivesome Roky Moon and BOLT.

If it's hard to describe exactly what it is that's appealing about RMB - they're quirky but serious and fun, but with content that's a little disconcerting, and seemingly oblivious to the rest of the universe, but actually entirely tuned in to what's happening in the cosmos - it's damn near impossible to pick out anything that they do wrong musically. They're pretty much good at everything they try, it seems.

So we reached out to talk a bit about monsters, penises (but not monster penises) and guys with beards that front indie bands. Tadow!

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Rocks Off: In six words, tell everyone everything they need to know about Roky Moon and BOLT.

Roky Moon: Ultimate rock and roll adventure party.

RO: Something that's always intrigued us: Why is BOLT capitalized? Or, perhaps more deviantly, why isn't Roky Moon capitalized?

RM: Hmm... I think I started writing it like that because it looks exciting. Usually there is an exclamation point at the end as well. Mine is not in all caps...wait, WHY isn't mine in all caps?! I'm gonna fix that right now.

RO: In "The Monster Came Out of the Woods," is that in any way a metaphor for your penis? Because that would be excellent.

RM: Oh wow, I wish it was. Truthfully, the song is a piece I was writing to use in the rock opera I have been working on. It is about the main character Avory's penis...

RO: [laughs]

RM: No, really it is about him succumbing to a struggle within himself and becoming evil.

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