I won’t feel guilty when you kiss me.
Drunken buffoonery will never not have a place in punk rock, and bands like The Moms are keeping the tradition of intoxication alive and well. But all booze aside, the New Jersey trio play punk rock that’s written with tight hooks and melodies, all the while sounding extraordinarily casual in practice. The melodic rock n’ roll songs have a twinge of wiry wit (a la Modern Baseball) and more than ample self-deprecation, all the while feeling like a pretty accurate embodiment of what an hot, mildly uncomfortable basement show that some dude you kinda know from town invited you to.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Joey Nester - Guitar/Vocals
Jon Stolpe - Bass/ Vocals
Donny Saraceno - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Two-thirds of The Moms were raised in Florham Park, NJ. One-third was raised twenty minutes away in Scotch Plains, NJ. We started writing songs for The Moms at Joey’s old apartment in New Brunswick but, since saying you’re from New Brunswick has become almost as cliché as saying you’re from Brooklyn, we are now for all intents and purposes from “New Jersey, New Jersey”
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We played in a series of bands together prior to forming The Moms. While Joey spent a year at Rutgers, Jon and Donny spent their time touring the country. Joey stayed home and played guitar instead of going to class and when Jon and Donny were in the area, the three would play songs together. Eventually, The Moms wrote a set to be proud of, began playing various basement shows, and soon committed to a nation-wide touring schedule. It’s been three years since The Moms began practicing as a three piece.
How have you grown since you started?
We’ve definitely become a stronger band on stage, that’s something we are always working towards. We have also matured a lot when it comes to the way we write together, which I feel is evident when you listen to our new record. Doing a full length, as compared to an EP, gave us a chance to show people a few different sides of The Moms, all while without taking a shit off the deep-end, of course. And as far as physical growth goes, we’ve collectively gained over 50 pounds!
What sets you apart from other bands?
We try to keep it honest. Not that we’re the only ones, but that type of mentality seems to be a lot less common these days. We’re three guys from Jersey playing loud and smelly rock & roll, with the hopes that you’ll feel something from it, and with the hopes that we will be able to continue to do it without delivering pizza on the side. Also, our Vans collection is unrivaled.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
We’ve all been friends for about 5 years, we’ve gone through a lot of shit together, both good & bad, and when we get together to play music, it shows. You can’t find that sort of thing just anywhere, ya know? Being able to grow together, travel together, and sleep in Wal-Mart parking lots together, that shit is priceless. And there aren’t many other people I would want to share those experiences with.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
This question is always tough to answer. We all have different tastes and like give each other flack for what one another listens to. Lately we have been enjoying the country station. I think it’s called “The Core” or something. We probably wouldn’t ever have imagined listening to country if you asked us last year, but lately we all seem to not be bothered by it. We all one time agreed on Brand New. But I think our varied tastes help us find a beautiful middle ground.