Moke formed in London, England in 1997, composed of John Hogg (vocals, guitar), Sean Genockey (guitar), Alex Evans (bass guitar), and John Morgan (drums).
Moke signed to London indie label Dorado Records. The band recorded and co-produced a debut album, Superdrag (1998), described by JT Griffith of Allmusic as “hyper-eclectic, mixing a strong love for Led Zeppelin (à la compatriots Reef) with hints of rap-rock, blues, reggae, and of course classic rock”.
This led to a US recording contract; Superdrag was re-released in the US as a self-titled album. A second album, Carnival (2001), released on Ultimatum/Artemis Records, was produced by Paul Stacey, who also played guitar on the album.
Michael Lipton of LA Weekly described the album: “Sonically and musically, this disc is a pleasure from beginning to end”.
While Carnival was initially released only in the United States, after the group broke up it was released in Britain by Fruit Pie Records. Critics compared the group to Oasis, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Faith No More., Tesla, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Moke toured the UK, Europe and the US extensively throughout the late 90’s / early 2000s along with many acts, including The Black Crowes, Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Kings X, Spacehog and Senser. After the release of Carnival, the group headlined its own tour in the U.S.
Since 2002 the band have been working on other projects. John Hogg and Fionn O’Lochlainn went on to form Hookah Brown with Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes.
This group disbanded after only a few months, however.
Johnny Morgan is playing with the original lineup of Senser, and John Hogg pursuing a solo career with new band, Hogg.
Alex Evans is a senior lecturer in popular music at Kingston University, Sean Genockey is a successful record producer.
As of 2009, Evans and Hogg are also playing in Kubb, along with singer Harry Collier and drummer Martin Wright.
Moke have announced they will reunite on 16th September 2011 to perform their first concert in ten years.
Official website www.mokesite.com
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