Hailed as a “two-headed riff monster” and known for harboring a unique set of influential bedfellows ranging from rock legends like Rage Against The Machine, Muse and The White Stripes to hip-hop heroes such as Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and The Pharcyde, Devon-born rock duo Moriaty have announced their return, and the forthcoming arrival of their second studio album ‘The Die Is Cast’.

Releasing on 23rd October, ‘The Die Is Cast’ seeks to focus on and demonstrate a heightened sense of creativity, however, drawing from a more colourful spectrum of sound influenced by  the likes of Radiohead, Blind Willie Mc Tell and Vulfpeck.

Proudly showcasing the fact that this “softer” edge can still pack a punch, however, the duo of Jordan West (Vocals, Guitar, Baritone, Keys) and Matthew Partridge (Vocals, Drums) are thrilled to welcome the album’s first single, the foot-tapping and infectious ‘Shake’.


Tackling the current political situation in America, ‘Shake’ looks at the country’s president, and a notion heard on the radio that he is, for better or worse, “in charge of the nuclear ‘button'”.

“This got me thinking about the Cuban missile crisis, and how JFK and Kruschev had that power but didn’t employ it”, comments West. “They were probably shaking knowing the damage they could inflict whilst their fingers hovered over that ‘button’. I’m not convinced Donald Trump would be shaking in the same way if he thought it was a good idea, which gave me the lyrical concept of this song.”

West goes on to explain that the creation of ‘Shake’ was just as “explosive” as it’s subject matter:

“It’s a riff that popped into my head whilst driving to a rehearsal. As soon as we set up I played it straight away, and moments later we had a song. It’s one of those songs that – quite fittingly – just fell from the sky.”

Plagued in equal measures by both success and heartache over the last few years, Moriaty’s attempts to finish and release ‘The Die Is Cast’ had been halted by births, deaths, obsession, redemption and of course – COVID 19. Much of these personal experiences have been poured into the making of ‘The Die Is Cast’, sitting side-by-side with more encompassing observations on the modern social, political and technological state.

Historically, the duo have enjoyed some true hallmark moments. Having supported Muse support muse in Exeter’s Great Hall on the 2015 ‘Psycho’ tour and performed with Seasick Steve at Perranoorth Watering Hole in 2018 – both by personal request – a performance at Leopallooza Festival in 2019 brought Thom Yorke into their keen fanbase. Members of Bristolian rock outfit IDLES have also starred in previous Moriaty videos.

‘Shake’ is available to stream and download now via Spotify and iTunes. Moriaty’s upcoming album ‘The Die Is Cast’ releases on 23rd October. The band intend to embark on a number of upcoming live dates, as listed below.


December 5th – Get Rad Festival, Plymouth UK
December 9th – Cavern, Exeter UK (with Nova Twins)
January 24th – Attitude Festival, Exchange, Bristol UK


Jordan West – Vocals, Guitar, Baritone, Keys
Matthew Partridge – Vocals, Drums


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