About

Here’s where you can learn about the minds responsible for this music. We’re best friends (not sisters, despite what most people think) who live in Hillsborough, NJ.

Lauren and Nina make up The Moaning Myrtles, a piano-based wizard rock band from Hillsborough, NJ. The idea for the band was sparked in November 2005 when the best friends saw Harry and the Potters play a live show and Lauren brought up how many new wizard rock bands had started. Jokingly, Nina suggested that they start a Moaning Myrtle band. Strangely enough, Myrtle was Lauren’s first choice of a character to base a band off of as well.

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Myrtle was not a particularly easy choice because she does not appear too often in the books, but the girls decided that the whining bathroom ghost would be exactly what they needed. According to Lauren, “In the books, she makes really random appearances that often take you by surprise. Nobody expected her to be spying on Harry in the bathtub in The Goblet of Fire, and her friendship with Draco in The Half-Blood Prince was absolutely ridiculous. We thought she’d be the most fun to play around with because, while she’s usually pretty emo, she’s unintentionally hilarious and is great comic relief despite how depressed she is. Which, of course, provides lots of room for us to joke around in the lyrics.”

The Moaning Myrtles started playing live shows in the summer of 2006 and they were immediately hooked. Even those first local shows attracted a turnout of dressed up and enthusiastic Harry Potter fans. Since then, The Myrtles have played alongside wizard rock bands such as The Remus Lupins, The Whomping Willows, Draco and the Malfoys, The Parselmouths, The Hungarian Horntails, and many others. They are currently scheduling more shows surrounding the upcoming book release and may even tour the United States in the future.

Lauren
19 years old.
Vocals/Bass Guitar
Runs the MySpace, the website, and anything involving computers, technology, and electricity.

Nina
18 years old.
Vocals/Piano/Guitar
Music theory genius. Master of chord progressions, modulations, and other fun words like that. (For many of them, Lauren has no idea what Nina is saying)

We also are in a band called Dr. Awkward with two of our friends. If you enjoy the Myrtles music and would like to hear more of what we perform, check out Dr. Awkward’s MySpace page.

Contact

If you need to contact us in any way, don’t worry because it’s really easy! Say hi on our MySpace profile with a comment. If you’d like to book a show for us in your area, send us a MySpace message or email us at moaningmyrtles@yahoo.com. We love answering your questions, hearing your comments, and as long as you aren’t too far away we’d love to play a show at your local library, bookstore, school, or coffee shop. So definitely drop us a line!

Film

In the past year of being one of the most popular wizard rock bands around, we’ve had the fortunate experience of being interviewed and even featured in a few documentaries. This page is dedicated to information on these film productions, and will even feature trailers and video clips we’ve starred in.

Wizard Rockumentary

Twin sisters Mallory and Megan Shuyler came all the way from Spokane, Washington to interview us and film our performance at Orpha’s Coffee Shop this summer for their nationwide project, the Wizard Rockumentary. Check out their website for more information and video clips from the upcoming release!

We also appear in the trailer, so check it out!

We Are Wizards

We’ve actually appeared in this one several times, because we went to a lot of Harry and the Potters concerts where these guys were filming. But when we played at the Globe Cafe on November 4th, they were there and had a chance to interview us and see us perform! So when this comes out, hopefully you’ll be able to see us as both musicians and fans of wizard rock!

It focuses on the Harry Potter fans and the cultural phenomenon surrounding this series. Click here to see more about the documentary.

Interview Us!

If you’d like us to be a part of your documentary, you can always contact us on our MySpace or email us at moaningmyrtles@yahoo.com. We also do both written interviews for print purposes and audio interviews for podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

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