THE MOORS are here to bring you back to the six-string glory days of your misspent youth. Their debut EP, "15 Minutes," is the music in that fever dream you once had---where you’re hanging out with Paul Westerberg and Alex Chilton while Joan Jett and Ric Ocasek are out back shooting pool, smoking cigarettes and watching the ’87 World Series in an old Bowery flophouse. Finally, Westerberg pulls a cassette from his pocket, looks at you, and says, “I gotta play you this.”
Formed in 2018, THE MOORS is comprised of lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Din (Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din) and lead guitarist/producer/consigliere JP Bowersock (The Strokes, Julian Casablancas, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Norah Jones), both of whom were previously in the band Zerobridge. Din, who was born in the UK and whose family immigrated to the US from the disputed region of Kashmir, eventually settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. After a chance encounter between Din and JP at the Delancey/Essex subway stop, a close friendship and musical comradery ensued. Joined by a supporting cast of seasoned NYC musicians, THE MOORS ethos is simple: just give 'em good tunes, and keep it New York AF.
"Brevity is the essence of wit"
Written, recorded, and produced during the global pandemic, "15 Minutes" clocks in at about 14:55. The songwriting intentionally harkens back to the classic rock n' roll tradition and punk aesthetic of the 45, keeping the songs short and sweet, leaving the listener both satiated and wanting more. Din says, "I didn't want to waste anyone's time with the tunes. Our mantra was 'don't bore us, get to the chorus.'" He goes on to say, "more than anything, '15 Minutes' was made to keep my own creative spirit alive and not cave in amidst all the uncertainty and turmoil wrought by 2020. We recorded everything live, and when things really got bad with the lockdown, we worked remotely. This record could only have been made in New York, and its sound and attitude hopefully reflect that---celebrating the City, while also trying to provide some hope, solidarity, and maybe even a little insight and levity during such a tumultuous time. I practically went broke in the process of making this record, but feel lucky to have been able to do it. We couldn’t be prouder.”