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OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1981 (1981)–1994
LabelsAtlantic, Nettwerk, Go! Records, Cop International
  • Tom Ferris
  • Julie Ferris
Past members
  • Cal Stephenson
  • Mark Jowett
  • Michela Arichiello
  • Madelaine Morris
  • Drew Maxwell

Moev is an electronic music group, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, that recorded on Atlantic Records, Nettwerk Records, Go! Records and Cop International.[1]


Moev was founded in 1981 by Tom Ferris and Cal Stephenson;[2][3] the band released and EP in 1982, and later that year the electro/techno pop album Zimmerkampf.[4] In an interview with Dean Russell at Lee's Palace back in the early 80's he explained what the name of the band meant, he Stated that " Mauve - M.A.U.V.E is a pretty purplish pink, and Moev - M.O.E.V. is the colour of insanity"

Stephenson, along with early members Mark Jowett and Michela Arichiello, left the band before the recording of its best-known album Yeah Whatever in 1988.[5] Kelly Cook, Anthony Valcic and Dean Russell contributed to the album,[6] which combined dark, solemn, anthemic lyrics with disjointed beats, trickling electronics, and occasional spoken-word samples. Singles from the album include "Yeah Whatever", "Wanting", and "Crucify Me", the only lyrics to which are "Why would you / Crucify me?" (Other than isolated spoken-word samples "Properly sedated", "Take four red capsules, help is on the way" and "For the masses", which are all taken from George Lucas' 1971 film THX 1138.) "Crucify Me" rose to number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's Top Dance Tracks.

Over the band's lifetime, other members included Madelaine Morris, Julie Ferris and Drew Maxwell. In conjunction with Terry McBride, Jowett formed the record label Nettwerk to release the band's albums.[7]

Sarah McLachlan sang backup on a few tracks on the Head Down album, including the tracks "Head Down", "In & Out", and "Noise".

Dean Russell died in 1994, and the group disbanded.

Tom and Julie Ferris reorganized Moev in 1999.[8]

In January 2007 the latest incarnation of Moev, Tom and Julie Ferris, released the single "A Thousand Lashes" from a forthcoming album Ventilation, which was released January 19, 2010 as a download only album.[9]

Julie and Tom Ferris are also members of the Vancouver band Lazarazu with Kevin Kane of The Grapes of Wrath.




  • "Cracked Mirror" (1981)
  • "Rotting Geraniums" (1982)
  • "In Your Head" (1982)
  • "Toulyev" (1984)
  • "Alibis" (1984)
  • "Took Out The Lace" (1986)
  • "Wanting" (1987)
  • "Capital Heaven" (1988)
  • "Yeah, Whatever" (1988)
  • "Crucify Me" (1989)
  • "Head Down" (1990)
  • "In and Out" (1990)
  • "Suffer" (1999)
  • "Locked In A Box" (Digital Single) (2011)


  1. ^ Michael Barclay; Ian A. D. Jack; Jason Schneider (2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 692–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1.
  2. ^ "Moev". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia, December 6, 2004
  3. ^ "Electronic band finds sound hard to sell on circuit". Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives October 07, 1982 - Page 53
  4. ^ "Billboard Recommended LPs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 76– 22 January 1983. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Bardens produces polished studio job on Speed of Light". Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives August 17, 1988 - Page 37
  6. ^ "Yeah, Whatever". AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers
  7. ^ "Indie label Nettwerk keeps flourishing". Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives April 14, 1998 - Page 30
  8. ^ "Moev". Chaos Control, January 31, 2014
  9. ^ "Moev’s Return Delayed By Big Brother". Chart Attack, Feb 18, 2010

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