Mount Moriah wrote its new album with a simple goal: To make rock 'n' roll music.
That means songs to listen to with the windows rolled down, songs to nod your head to and songs with quiet grooves.
Singer and guitarist Heather McEntire combined her love of writing poetry with her southern roots and past as a punk rock band member to craft the songs on “Miracle Temple,” which the North Carolina band will showcase Friday at The Waiting Room Lounge.
“Miracle Temple” sounds distinctly southern, and McEntire said that's very intentional. She wanted to challenge traditional southern style while still enjoying Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers.
“How can I write this kind of music and tell my stories? My goal with this band is trying to see where I intersect with my heritage and my life as a southerner but also as a progressive person and progressive artist in the South creating,” McEntire said. “How can we take this sort of music and turn it on its head a little bit and do it in a sincere way?”
An image of an old barn engulfed in a fireball serves as the cover art for “Miracle Temple,” and the band saw it as a perfect image to represent the album: traditions set on fire.
“It spoke to every center of the record,” she said. “It's striking. It's a little dark, but this record is dark if you listen to it close enough. It really is symbolic of the concept of rebirth that I feel like is in these narratives.”
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