SOUTH ELGIN – Tim Moberly has always loved music.
So have his close friends from high school. So much, in fact, that they decided to start a band. Officially formed in 1991, they named it The Vinyl Goods.
Today, Moberly continues to be the rock band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, alongside drummer Randy Flones and new bass player Bill Allen, all three of which are South Elgin residents. One of the band’s founders, Pete Pecoraro, also has been alongside Moberly for a number of years.
After about two years of writing, recording and production – all of which Moberly said were self-taught to the band – The Vinyl Goods released its fifth album, “The Light of Day.”
The album, released on Jan. 12, was all written, recorded and produced in Kane County. It contains a themed set of original songs surrounding Christianity.
Moberly shared that the album is available on the band’s website, vinylgoods.com, as well as through just about any digital download platform, such as Google Play, iTunes and Spotify.
Though Moberly said the sound is at the best quality while listening to the actual CD, he said listeners would not be disappointed on any platform.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Chris Casey caught up with Moberly to discuss the “The Light of Day” and what consumers can expect when listening.
Chris Casey: How did you develop into playing the kind of music you guys do today?
Tim Moberly: We were all heavily influenced by classic rock growing up. So, you have your Beatles, Led Zeppelin, [Bruce] Springsteen, Pink Floyd and artists like them. It really comes from there. I think anytime you form a band, you’re often influenced by the types of music you like listening to, and – for us – that was it. It kind of formed our style.
Casey: Where did the name The Vinyl Goods come from?
Moberly: It really came from our love of music as listeners. We’re all really students of music. Vinyl records were the way you listened to music back then. It’s kind of ironic because we never actually recorded a vinyl record. It’s just too expensive these days.
Casey: How about the new album? What inspired this kind of album?
Moberly: It’s really exciting content for us. We have never done something themed before. In this case, it’s Christian themed. Our previous albums were pop-rock, garage-band type stuff, you know. We have also recently become a lot more active in our local churches. When you’re writing songs, you often write about what’s going on in your life, and – for us lately – it’s something that inspired us. So, we purposely set out to do our own collection of Christian-themed songs. Some are more specific than others, but – ultimately – the real measuring stick is bringing people to the church and [spreading] word of Jesus Christ. We have met our goal if it reaches one person. It’s not an album of pop songs, but rather an album with a purpose.
Casey: Was it tough recording an album all on your own?
Moberly: It was interesting. I’ll say that. The entire album was recorded and mixed in a home studio, but it doesn’t sound like it at all. I took some online classes about recording and production, and it’s honestly just a great example of what independent musicians can put together by simply teaching ourselves. We don’t have any of this top-of-the-line stuff. People can really do great things in a home studio.
Casey: You have some ties to Kane County outside of South Elgin, correct?
Moberly: Absolutely. We are all active in a number of St. Charles-based entities. My drummer, Randy, and I are both members and praise at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Our bass player, Bill Allen, is active in St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles. I’m also an assistant troop master of Boy Scout Troop 13 in St. Charles.