Genre: Classic Rock
Four piece from Northampton, The Moons were founded in 2008 by singer, songwriter and guitarist Andy Crofts, formerly the bassist in The On-Offs and today Paul Weller’s keyboardist.
The group have just finished recording their second album, Tales Of The Unexpected, the follow up to 2010’s Life On Earth.
The album, a 14 tracker, was recorded over three weeks at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard studio and it is signature Moons, defined by strong songwriting, delicious harmonising and tight musicianship. Influences range from Joe Meek and Syd Barrett to The Zombies and the high points are many, including the startling Jennifer Sits Alone, the garage nugget Double Vision Love, a frenzied reworking of live favourite It’s Taking Over and the duet Something Soon with Paul Weller.
The group have also just appeared on the JD Set celebration of the Smiths as a guest of Primal Scream’s Mani, which was aired on Channel 4.
The Moons’ line-up is completed by bassist/keyboardist Tom Warmsley, drummer Ben Gordelier and guitarist James Edward Bagshaw. As a member of indie band Sukie, James wrote a 2008 Number 1 indie hit Pink-A-Pade. He also plays keyboards in the Lightning Seeds.
The Moons’ debut album 2010’s Life On Earth was an indie Top 30 hit and a HMV One To Watch. Paul Weller played piano on album track Wondering and played guitar on track Last Night On Earth.
Sold out headline slots at London’s The Borderline and 93 Feet East followed as did a storming show at the Isle Of Wight’s Summer Madness festival. The group have also supported The Coral, The Zombies and Ocean Colour Scene on a country wide tour culminating at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The Moons will embark on European Tour with Beady Eye in October, and then continue their Tales Of The Unexpected tour in November promoting the release of their album and first single.
Praise for The Moons
“I really like the way The Moons mix Joe Meek with great Bowie-esque chord changes and choruses then add a psych energy to make out there sounds that you’re still humming two days later.” – Nick Power, The Coral
“Great songs and playing, well thought out arrangements, a lot of love has gone into this record.” – Paul Weller
“I think the goup sounds terrific – great vocals and sound, lots of sixties atmosphere.” – Rod Argent, The Zombies
“Emotional, funny, quirky, warm, sad, reflective, thoughtful and unique songs. Love the guitars and the vocal sincerity.” – Dave Davies, The Kinks
“It’s a pleasure to hear a great new band who echo the finest traditions of songwriting and performance whilst keeping them alive and vibrant.” – Ian Broudie, Lightning Seeds
10/10 Munich Tonhalle
11/10 Zurich Volkshaus
13/10 Vienna Gasometer
14/10 Berlin Columbia halle