listen to Moral Mazes’ (Jonah Matranga of Far + J Robbins of Jawbox) first single, “Stay Prepared” ++ Jonah solo dates
by Andrew Sacher
Jonah in NYC in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
We recently mentioned that Jonah Matranga (Far, onelinedrawing, New End Original, etc) and J. Robbins (Jawbox, Government Issue, Burning Airlines, etc) teamed up to form the band Moral Mazes with Jeff Dean (Dead Ending, All Eyes West) and J's Office of Future Plans bandmate Darren Zentek. Their debut 7", Magic Tommy Jackson, is due out September 2 via Bridge 9 and we've now got the premiere of one its tracks, "Stay Unprepared."
Jonah takes lead vocals, and after experimenting with softer songs in his recent solo material and more polished production on the Far reunion album, "Stay Prepared" sounds like a trip back to his days of the more roughly recorded post-hardcore of New End Original and early Far. Check the track out below, and if you like what you hear you can pre-order it from Bridge 9.
Jonah also has solo dates coming up. He's on a UK tour now, and though a full North American tour hasn't been announced yet, we know he's playing NYC on November 23 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon. All currently known dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Jonah Matranga -- 2014 Tour Dates (more TBA?)
Wed Jul 30 - Aberdeen (UK) - Tunnels
Thu Jul 31 - Glasgow (UK) - Glad Cafe
Fri Aug 1 - Annan (UK) - The Station House
Sat Aug 2 - Dunlop (UK) - The Auld Hoose Pub
Sun Aug 3 - Warrington (UK) - House Show
Tue Aug 5 - Manchester (UK) - Star & Garter
Wed Aug 6 - Birmingham (UK) - Jam House
Thu Aug 7 - Liverpool (UK) - The Lomax
Fri Aug 8 - Nottingham (UK) - The Maze
Sat Aug 9 - York (UK) - Black Swan
Sun Nov 23 - New York (US) - Mercury Lounge