Boston band Major Moment have honed an intriguingly intense cinematic rock sound that fuses big riffs and synths with the melodic vocals of their two Russian-born singers.
However, it’s not just the music that Major Moment want us to take away from their mission to inspire people to pursue their dreams and fulfil the purpose of their lives. Which, at this current moment in time, is a really powerful, inspiring and important message.
As the band tell us: “We all come from different backgrounds and countries, but we stand behind the idea of inspiring people to pursue their dreams and live a life of purpose, one full of major moments. Our mission is to be that guiding light for others, for people who maybe want to create something but think they’re not good enough, to show them it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, doesn’t matter if you’re a classically trained musician with years of experience or you just picked up your instrument for the first time with the desire to change the world. You can make music that resonates with people, you can get it out there, you can be what you want to be, if you work hard for it to happen.”
The band, formed of Sasha Razumova (vocals and keys), Andrey Borzykin (vocals and synths), Eddie Thurmon (lead guitar) and Daniel Interrante (rhythm guitar), got togther in 2018 and released debut EP one small stEp, which was dedicated to Chester Bennington and won several local and national awards, then a second EP last year.
They sent us latest single The Flood, which opens up with funky synths that continue under a big wall of guitars and driving drums. Sasha’s laid-back vocals over a moody instrumental backdrop then burst into life building up to a huge singalong chorus “Don’t let us trade our worth for what is trending, Why are we so condescending?, After us the flood, And in the world so cold and so demanding, There can be no happy ending, After us the flood.”
That drops into another lighter verse, which swiftly builds into another big chorus. Drawn-out synths take over alongside Sasha’s light vocals, then stabbing guitars and big drums join in, building into another chorus with layered backing vocals. Check it out in the awesome video below and a reimagined version of it here.
And for more of a taste of the catchy sound of Major Moment, check out the video for the lively Living Your Life Like This:
While a personal favourite track is the big synth-fuelled May Leave Scars, which features a cool plodding keyboard riff throughout alongside Andriy’s engaging vocals. Check it out in the video here:
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them and what inspires their music. Read on below…
GR: Who are Major Moment?
MM: “We think it’s more important to focus on our mission and on what we’re going to be remembered for. Even though Major Moment is not a one-man band, we have a similar approach to that of Nine Inch Nails: you can always recognize the sound, the brand, the vision behind the project, but the line up might be changing.”
GR: You just released The Flood. What should people be expecting from the song?
MM: “If Major Moment is new to you, you should definitely check out The Flood to get the idea of what we sound like. It’s also our best performing song to date and we’re super excited to have finally released it. We originally started writing it about our personal issues within the band, but soon realized that we were talking about things familiar to many on a more universal level: the feeling of being betrayed, giving up on people and on yourself, witnessing people around you disrespect each other, not caring about the marks they leave on others, on the planet, on future generations.
“Simply put, just because life’s not fair in general doesn’t mean each of us has a right to act like we’re the center of the Universe and mistreat one another.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
MM: “It’s a cinematic blend of hard rock, pop, alternative and electronic music, with honest lyrics, cool modern production elements and layered harmonies.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
MM: “All songs we’ve released to date were actually inspired by either a real-life event or experience we were a part of or witnessed. We write about what’s important to us: our feelings about ourselves, our loved ones, current situations in the world, etc. Literally anything can be an influence: a disturbing video we watched, a conversation we had with a friend or a fan, a dream (or, more likely, a nightmare), our life story…”
GR: Which bands/musicians have been your strongest musical influences?
MM: “Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, Keane, Cold, Nine Inch Nails, Poets of the Fall.”
GR: What have you got coming up?
MM: “We’re likely not going to be gigging this year due to COVID-19, unfortunately, but are hoping to resume next year, bigger and better than ever. We already have a spot in the line up of two big festivals in the US, and we’re working on securing more opportunities. We do have at least 3 more releases coming later this year: reimagined / acoustic versions of “The Flood” and “May Leave Scars”, and one brand new song called “No Fear”. Follow us on social media to stay in touch, cause there will also be music videos you don’t want to miss!”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
MM: “We love chatting with our fans on social media, this connection is very important to us, especially in a time like this. It keeps us fueled up and inspires us to work harder every day. Feel free to comment on any post or drop us a line in our DMs, we try our best to respond to everyone.”