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The Moth & The Flame

The Moth & The Flame
OriginProvo, Utah, United States
Years active2011–present
MembersBrandon Robbins
Mark Garbett
Andrew Tolman
Past membersMichael Goldman

The Moth & The Flame, sometimes known by initialism TMTF, is an American alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California.


The Moth ⅋ The Flame album (2011–2012)

The Moth & The Flame released their eponymous debut album on November 11, 2011 (11.11.11). The album was initially not available for purchase in a digital format in appreciation of the album art work, and was instead only available to stream on Soundcloud; however, in November 2019, the band made the album available for purchase on vinyl and streaming on Spotify. The album was produced by Nate Pyfer and engineered by Scott Wiley (Neon Trees, Elvis Costello) and mixed by Mike Roskelley (Kaskade, Skrillex, Deadmau5).[1] To promote their music, the band created large pieces (sometimes as much as 20 feet (6 m)) of anthropomorphic artwork, which they placed strategically in their home town of Provo, Utah, to alert fans of upcoming shows.[2]

In 2011, TMTF toured the western United States with Fictionist.[3]

In October 2012, RadioWest debuted a new theme song by The Moth ⅋ The Flame.[citation needed]

In 2012, the band toured the US and performed at Audiotree, Mill Valley Film Festival ASCAP Showcase, and Midpoint Music Festival.[4][5]

In 2013, they showcased at South By Southwest Music Festival, North By Northeast Music Festival and performed at Sundance Film Festival.[6][7][8] They toured the UK in May 2013 making their first appearance overseas at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.[9] They performed at KCRW sponsored It's A School Night and at New Noise Music Festival 2013.[10]

Ampersand EP (2013)

On November 5, 2013, the six-track Ampersand EP ('&' EP) was released internationally through RED Distribution label Hidden Records.[11] Ampersand EP was produced by Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck, R.E.M.) and features the single "Sorry".[12] Nylon featured track "Sorry" as a free download in September 2013.[13] KCRW listed it as one of "Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now".[14] A music video for "Sorry" premiered on mtvU on Friday, November 22, 2013.[15] The band was chosen as the "New Band of the Day" by The Guardian on Friday November 22, 2013.[16] "Sorry" was chosen as the Track of the Day by Clash[17] BBC Radio 1 played "Sorry" as its Next Hype track selected by Zane Lowe. "Sorry" reached #1 on KROQ's Locals Only Playlist.[18] A music video for "Winsome" was released on NPR.[19]

TMTF supported Imagine Dragons alongside Dan Croll on their Night Visions Tour in Europe during the fall and winter of 2013 to promote the EP. TMTF also supported Imagine Dragons at two United States shows during the summer of 2013.[20] They also toured with The Naked and Famous.[21] In fall of 2014 TMTF supported Neon Trees and Placebo on tours.[22] In 2015 TMTF toured with Big Data.

Young & Unafraid

The band's second album was made with the help of producer/mixer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National), Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck), and Nate Pyfer (Parlor Hawk, Fictionist).[22] The album features strings arrangements from Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, yMusic). The band released the album's lead single "Young & Unafraid" in May 2015. On December 20, 2016, Robbins underwent a kidney transplant with longtime friend Corey Fox, effectively putting the band on hiatus as they recovered.[23]


The band's social media stayed relatively quiet for most of 2018 until they announced in August that they were releasing a new single, "Beautiful Couch", along with their third studio album in early 2019. They released two more singles, "The New Great Depression" and "Only Just Begun", before releasing their third studio album, Ruthless, on February 1, 2019.

The group has also gone on to release several singles with electronic musicians, such as Kaskade and Deadmau5.[24]

Band members

Current members

  • Brandon Robbins – lead vocals, guitar
  • Mark Garbett – backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizer
  • Andrew Tolman – backing vocals, drums

Touring musicians

  • Michael Goldman – bass


Studio albums

  • The Moth ⅋ The Flame (2011)
  • Young & Unafraid (2016)
  • Ruthless (2019)

Extended plays


  • "Young & Unafraid" (2015) [27] #35 Alternative Songs[28]
  • "Red Flag" (2016) #37 Alternative Songs[28]
  • "Beautiful Couch" (2018)[29]
  • "The New Great Depression" (2018) #40 Alternative Songs[28]
  • "Only Just Begun" (2019)
  • "Haunt Me" (Kaskade feature) (2020)[30]
  • "Haunt Me V.2" (Kaskade feature) (2021)
  • "Alive" (Kx5 feature) (2022)[24]

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Sorry" 2013 Devin McGinn[31]
"Winsome" 2014 Rebecca Thomas[19]
"How We Woke Up" Devin McGinn[32]
"Young & Unafraid" 2015 Rebecca Thomas[33]
"The New Great Depression" 2018 Will Kindrick[34]


  1. ^ Brimacombe, James (2011-11-30). "The Moth ⅋ The Flame – The Moth ⅋ The Flame REVIEW". Fake Plastic Tunes. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  2. ^ "The Moth ⅋ The Flame: Thank you Utah | Inyourspeakers Media". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  3. ^ "The Moth ⅋ the Flame to join Imagine Dragons on tour – U N I V E R S E". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  4. ^ "Get to Know the 2012 Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café Lineup". 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  5. ^ "MVFF ASCAP Cafe with The Goods, The Moth and the Flame, & 2AM Club". Sweetwater Music Hall. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  6. ^ "Mobile". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  7. ^ "Still Corners playing NYC before NXNE (dates & updated lineup)". 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  8. ^ "Sundance Film Festival attracts performances by local musicians – U N I V E R S E". 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  9. ^ "ARTIST PROFILE " The Great Escape". Archived from the original on 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  10. ^ "The Moth ⅋ The Flame". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  11. ^ "Once a Provo band, The Moth and the Flame returns to Utah with record deal, new material | The Salt Lake Tribune". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  12. ^ Kramer, Sarah (2013-10-24). "Salt Lake City Music – Music Articles: The Moth ⅋ the Flame". Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  13. ^ "Nylon Magazine". 2013-09-16. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  14. ^ "Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now | KCRW Music Blog". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  15. ^ "The Moth ⅋ The Flame Premiere 'Sorry'". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  16. ^ Paul Lester (22 November 2013). "The Moth and the Flame (New band of the day No 1,646) | Music". Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  17. ^ "News | Clash Magazine". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  18. ^ Corbett, Kat (2013-12-15). "Locals Only Playlist 12/15/13: Hellogoodbye, Johnathan Rice, Barely Blind, & More – Listen And Vote « The World Famous KROQ". Archived from the original on 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  19. ^ a b Bob Boilen Twitter Instagram (12 February 2014). "The Moth & The Flame, 'Winsome'". NPR. Retrieved 2017-05-05. {{cite news}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  20. ^ "Due to Overwhelming Demand Imagine Dragons Adds Five New Shows to Nearly Sold Out Summer Tour<LYV.N> | Reuters". Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  21. ^ "Elektra Records Signs The Moth & The Flame; Acclaimed Provo, Utah Alternative Rock Outfit Unveils New Live Video in Advance of Eagerly Awaited Elektra Debut Album; As-Yet-Untitled Collection Set for 2015 Release". 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  22. ^ a b Billboard (2014-09-17). "The Moth & the Flame Signs to Elektra Records, Shares 'Sorry' Live Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  23. ^ "Singer of rock band The Moth & The Flame undergoes kidney transplant to save mentor's life". 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  24. ^ a b Lambeau, Alex (2022-10-13). "Kx5 turn to rock-band, The Moth & The Flame, for new single 'Alive'". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  25. ^ "RADAR: The Moth ⅋ The Flame – Music News / New Music – Direct Current". 2013-09-16. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  26. ^ Billboard (2015-09-24). "The Moth & The Flame Premieres 'Young & Unafraid' EP: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  27. ^ "The Moth & The Flame "Young & Unafraid"". YouTube. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  28. ^ a b c "The Moth & the Flame Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  29. ^ "Tweet by the band". Twitter. 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  30. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (October 31, 2020). "Kaskade delivers aptly-titled Halloween single with The Moth & The Flame, 'Haunt Me'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  31. ^ ""Sorry" by the Moth & the Flame | Music Video |". Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  32. ^ "Video Premiere: The Moth & The Flame – "How We Woke Up" :: Music :: Video :: The Moth & The Flame :: Paste". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  33. ^ "Our video is now up on youtube! If you... – The Moth & the Flame". Facebook. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  34. ^ The Moth & The Flame (2018-12-18), The Moth & The Flame – The New Great Depression (Official Music Video), retrieved 2019-03-23

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