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Ditchin' the Moffatts for Boston-style rock

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

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LITTLE SCOTTY IS GROWIN' UP. Scott Moffatt breaks away from the "boyband" image with his new band, The Boston Post.

There is life after boy bands – at least that's what Scott Moffatt is hoping. And although his former life as the vocalist/guitarist for the Canadian boy-candy band the Moffatts may still be a difficult association to shake, he is confident that his days as a Moffatt are a distant memory.

"We all wanted to go our own ways musically," says Moffatt, when asked about the demise of the Moffats. "We all had our own ideas about how songs should be written, and wanted to venture out on our own. We're still close though, and still enjoy hanging out with each other."

Now along with drummer Shawn Everett, guitarist Jon Gant and bassist Neal Gupta, Moffatt has formed a new band, The Boston Post, with a new manifesto: to rock out!

"I think The Boston Post are a lot more experimental than the Moffatts. It's difficult for me to compare our music because they are two very different bands. There's a lot more metal influence in The Boston Post. When we go into the studio we record whatever we need to record. We don't worry at all about being stereotypical, or pigeonholing ourselves. It's really just rock music with some of the same hooks, but a lot more cockiness," says Moffatt.

Fans suffering from post-Moffatts traumatic stress won't find much solace in The Boston Post. According to Moffatt, the two share few, if any, similarities.

"A lot of fans will have a hard time adjusting to the new band," says Moffatt. "At our live shows, when we look out into the audience, we often see a lot of the kids disperse as the shows go on. We're totally fine with that though, 'cause we expected it. At the very least, they're coming out and are going in with the point of view that we're doing something that is different from the Moffatts, and we appreciate that."

Having completed a six-song EP entitled It's 99 PM, and released their first single "Feel Me Out," Moffatt is looking forward to breaking in the new band and getting them in front of a live audience. From there he plans to continue working on some new songs with the eventual goal of recording a full-length album.

"We have had some interest from some British labels," says Moffatt. "Right now, we just want to tour and re-educate people. We will hopefully go back into the studio and record soon. We might take a few of the songs from the EP, and we may record a completely new album, it all depends on the live shows."

Creatively, playing with The Boston Post has also allowed Moffatt to further develop his skills as a songwriter and musician, and he enjoys the new collaboration.

"I write a lot of the melodies and lyrics," says Moffatt. "Then we go into a room and figure out the basics from there. I have a lot more freedom now, which is beneficial to me."

As for his days as one of Canada's pop darlings, Moffatt carries no ill will towards the record labels who helped make the Moffatts a house-hold name.

"I think EMI were brilliant at marketing the Moffatts," Moffatt explains. "I don't oppose marketing, I was just a bit pissed off by the over saturation of the Moffatts. Now we're going for a more grassroots approach, instead of having an army of people trying to make other people like us."

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