MEET THE BAND
The Moose began as a psychedelic, neo-rock band in the summer of 2016. The three band founders, Tyler Frey (guitar and vocals), Alex Huffman (bass and vocals) and Jake Hilger (keyboard, synths, guitar and vocals), humored the idea after a choir show at their high school just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Their plan went into full effect after the addition of Emma Klein (percussion and vocals) and Parker Tozier (lead guitar and vocals). The group built their headquarters in Klein’s basement, hiding the cement walls with posters of their influencers: The Beatles, Tame Impala, and Electric Light Orchestra; and textile sheets separating their studio from their main base.
After many rumors of The Moose becoming an official band, the members spontaneously decided to have a Halloween Bash— costumes required— and unwarrantedly advertised so with posters all over their high school. Completely filling the backyard of Tozier’s house, fans all dressed up and singing classic rock covers with their new favorite band.
Because of the positive feedback from the Halloween bash, The Moose released their first single in February 2017, “New Kind Of Love,” which brought the band 15,000 listens and multiple bar shows with their name as the headliner.
The Moose’s success heightened after their performance at Battle of the Bands in Kansas City— winning first place and a cash prize. And once Frey— the oldest in the group— graduated from high school, summer kicked off, the band started taking their careers more officially.
In August of that year, The Moose released their first self-titled EP overflowing with classic psychedelic rock, and alternative sounds. After their performance at the Middle of the Map fest, and a concert at the RecordBar in Kansas City, senior year was winding down for the rest of the band members. And Tozier decided to pursue his aspirations at an out-of-state college, dropping the band from five to four.
The Moose released their debut album “The First Real Encounter” in December of 2018 on the winter solstice of 2018. The band toured around the southwest in summer 2019, closing the tour with a slot at Boulevardia. The band continues to gig around Kansas City, playing shows like Middle of the Map fest with Clairo and Snail Mail.