Moth falls

Halifax rock outfit hangs it up


After four years and two records, Halifax four-piece Montgomery Moth is calling it quits—mostly because “Halifax” has become a misnomer. Guitarist Brad Luknowsky “is planning on moving to Vancouver,” says singer-guitarist Jeremy Donovan. “That was the deciding factor.” Donovan himself is on the line from Mirimachi, where he moved for work as an animator. “It’s just it’s a hassle sometimes, and you can’t get together to practice anymore,” he says. “We’re all kind of moving on to different things anyway.”

Montgomery Moth’s first show was at Reflections on February 17, 2004—the night of White Juan. Donovan’s roommate at the time was Brent Gelkie, who played bass and brought his friend Chris Harrigan down from Moncton to drum (Mike Bartlett mans the skins now). “It was mostly just to meet new people,” says Donovan of the band’s conception. “I started writing these little songs and the sound was really different at first—it was a little lighter and less rocky than it is now. We all had the same sort of taste in music, and then eventually it sort of gelled into what we are now, which is heavier than what we started with. I like that—I wasn’t fond of doing the softer stuff, me writing about girls and stuff, it turned into something more abstract, which is better.”

The band made two records during its run, 2005’s Canyon and 2007’s Go Crazy. For Donovan, the band’s biggest success was “just the friends that I’ve made. It sounds corny but it’s true—it’s a good way to meet tons of people, have those people come out to your shows,” he says. “I made a couple of CDs and never thought I’d do anothing like that, and now we’ve got this music behind us and it’s great.”

Montgomery Moth is drawn to the flame one last time August 8 at Gus’ Pub with The Bad Motels, The Dead Pinkertons and The Damnsels in tow.

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