Little Rock, AR
Rigby Fawkes is a quartet comprised of four talented and trained musicians, with singer/songwriter Daniel Moody (little brother of former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody) fronting the band. Rigby Fawkes combines influences from some of rock's greatest bands such as Muse, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Ben Folds and creates a unique blend of alternative rock that is appealing to today's mainstream audience. The band formed when its members were only 15 and 16 years old, and they have had a passion for writing well composed and creative music ever since. Currently, the members of Rigby Fawkes are in college and are working hard to finish their degrees and to make a name for their band as well.
Rigby Fawkes formed on March 2, 2005 when two pairs of best friends were brought together by fate and a mutual friend. The band released their first EP “Audio Anachronism Vol. 2” in July 2005 but was not satisfied with the direction of their sound. They started over from scratch and recorded their first full length album A Penny for the Old Guy in August 2006. The band performed several shows per month in support of their release and acquired a large and dedicated fan base as a result. The album was well received locally, but the band still felt as if they were capable of writing much better music.
In June 2007, the band released their second album “Your Head is Completely Gone” for free online. It was with this album that Rigby Fawkes finally felt as if they had found their sound. The tracks “Pantomime Paradise” and “Sara Come Home” reflect the groovy and upbeat side of Rigby Fawkes, while “They Watched” and “Birdie” explored the darker and more experimental side of the band. Shortly after the album’s release, Daniel left for Los Angeles in order to work on a solo album with his brother. The rest of the band started college and pursued other musical endeavors.
Rigby Fawkes played one show at Juanita’s in June 2008, but the rest of the year saw little activity from the band despite numerous offers from local venues. In May 2009, the band decided to get back together and write new music and perform more shows. Rigby Fawkes headlined two big shows at two of Little Rock’s largest venues, The Rev Room and The Village. One of the shows gained the attention of the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette’s Sync Magazine. In a feature article on the band, Sync wrote, “The result is a roaring blast of melodic alternative rock, a joyous roller coaster ride of bouncy piano, snaking guitar, fluid bass lines and precision drums with the occasional trumpet. It’s a heavy dose of youthful exuberance (The members are either 20 or 21.) and adventurous inventiveness…. Whether a Rigby Fawkes tune is four-minutes long or 10-minutes long, it’s certainly never dull or cookie cutter.” As of now, Rigby Fawkes is hard at work on their latest EP “The Red Front,” which will be released in August 2009.