“We just hope people take away whatever they need from our music at the time,” said Zack Horton, vocalist and guitarist for Macon rock band Magnolia Moon. “Whether they want to hear some guitar riffs or cool lyrics and think about something or they just want to hear some music and dance with their friends.”
“I think any time anyone listens to music they have a different expectation for what they want out of what they’re listening to,” added Horton. “Sometimes they’re listening just to enjoy the music and dance and have a good time, some people look for deeper meaning and lyrics, but I think all of that exists in a good song, you just have to look for it.”
The Macon, Georgia four-piece consists of two sets of brothers — Horton’s younger brother Jesse on drums with Jonathan Crowell on bass and Christopher Crowell on guitar. The members say they met a little over five years ago and are coming up on their third year of playing music together. After releasing their first album last May, the quartet said they already have their next release slated for this spring.
“We’ve been playing music together since we could hold an instrument,” said Horton. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was 12 or so and then my little brother picked up the drums, the other two guys in the band are brothers as well and we all grew up in religious backgrounds, so we played at church growing up and stuff like that.”
The band, which has played at previously at local jam band haven Barrelhouse South, are looking forward to expanding their reach around town and playing for new crowds.
S“I’m excited just to see what else is going on around Savannah, El Rocko seems to match our vibe of ‘one foot in the past looking forward.’ It’s a whole different world of people in Savannah,” Horton said. “I think that’s one of the things I liked most about the city, the crowd that we got to play for was so diverse. It was really refreshing not to see all the same faces, they may not necessarily listen to or be into our style of music, but everyone was singing, dancing, vibing and having a good time.”
The group, whose future plans include covering the self-titled Black Sabbath album in full from start to finish at the Hargray Capitol Theatre in their hometown of Macon on Feb. 22, says they plan to play mostly original pieces for their Savannah show.
“We go into most of our shows with a good idea of what we want to play,” he said. “It’s mostly originals if we’re playing a shorter set like an hour or less, and we kind of just leave a lot of that stuff up to how we feel in the moment. We’ve got plenty of stuff to pull from, but we mostly play originals just because that’s what we’re there to do, is share our music with people, but if the crowd seems right we might throw in one of our favorite (Led) Zeppelin or (Jimi) Hendrix tunes, or something like that.”
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