After a harrowing drive through the worst winter weather, The Moxies arrived in Cleveland, Ohio. Marco Ciofani (guitar/vocals) and Tyler Adams (bass) had to make it, because they were coming home. Described as a rockabilly/garage rock/blues band, The Moxies have a unique, almost retro sound to their music. It is not your average rock band, featuring elements from all genres of music, expertly blended into their signature sound. It is addictive, you cannot listen just once.
Music is not what you do, it’s who you are. For Ciofani, music was never a choice. He knew at a very tender age that he would grow up to be a musician. He explained, “It was always my passion. I was a guitar player forever, I just played guitar”. When Ciofani was around fourteen years old, he realized that if he wanted to be in a band, or start a band, he should learn how to sing. Most importantly, he needed to learn how to play guitar while standing up. It was not as easy as it sounds. He took the stool away and forced himself to practice and play in a full, upright position. His advice to young guitarists: “Learn how to stand up and learn how to play without a pick”. Ciofani does not use a pick when he plays acoustic, because he gets a better tone and feel without it. He says, “(Playing without a pick) especially when you are playing blues, you get that claw action”. The bluesy sound in the songs comes through from his fingers on the strings.
There is no happy ending. Life is constantly evolving as we search for the elusive storybook end, where everyone lives happily ever after. Lyrics from the song, “Main Street Drive-In” say, “On a movie screen is where I want to be/Always happy endings/Why can’t that happen to me?” It looks so easy on film to find your soul mate and live a charmed life forever. In reality, we must be satisfied with individual happy endings to each stage or scene of our lives. There is not one happy ending in real life, but many to celebrate and enjoy until the final credits roll.
Success is not in signing. The Moxies are an unsigned band, but have earned their place in the music scene through hard work and dedication to their art. They are not currently signed to a record label, but Ciofani believes they were blessed in acquiring a publishing contract. They have an outlet for their music, yet still retain creative control over all decisions for the band. Ciofani admits that there are good and bad aspects of the music industry, but overall, The Moxies are right where they belong. They are in the process of writing a new full-length album that promises to show the progression of the music and the artists themselves.
Home is where the heart is. The Moxies took the stage and instantly the atmosphere changed from concert mode to family reunion. Ciofani stated, “It’s awesome (to be home). I don’t look at a Cleveland crowd as fans”. He loves the excitement and opportunity of Nashville, but grew up here and is convinced that Cleveland is one of the greatest cities around. The audience was filled with friends, family, fans, and other musicians who never miss a chance to hear them when they are in town. The show was a celebration as the audience laughed, sang along, and danced the night away, with Ciofani and Adams enthusiastically joining in the merriment. From haunting blues riffs to rip-roaring rock tunes, The Moxies turned up the heat on a bitter, cold Cleveland night. No one wanted to leave after the show, because there was so much to catch up on since their last visit. When it was finally time to go, The Moxies and the audience left thinking the same thing, ‘There is no place like home”.