Oft of this parish MP Kerry McCarthy hit me up the other day with a suggestion for a new band piece and having now taken a look at their rather wonderful new video I thought I’d write a wee piece about them so as to introduce y’all to this band, a band that could, quite possibly, be huge one day. Oh, & the bands name? That’ll be Moones.
Moones strike me as a band who have the potential to be massive. You don’t need to take my word for it though of course, just check out the video below. If you’re like me you’ll watch it & spend an hour or so beating yourself up trying to remember who they remind you of & then realise that it doesn’t really matter that you can’t pinpoint exactly who they remind you of because it’s more a question of what they remind you of, which basically is every indie rock band who appeared on the music scene & pretty quickly went on to be hugely successful. (Although having said that the band themselves reckon people think they sound like Pet Shop Boys. And Kerry mentioned XTC.)
Anyway, I swear if someone can just get Zane Lowe to have a listen to this new single by Moones in the Fresh Meat section of his show he’d be inundated with “Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick”‘s from his young & over enthusiastic audience & before you know it they’d be playlisted on R1 & laughing all the way to the nearest arena tour booking agent. If this band haven’t scored at least one top 40 hit in the next year I’ll hang up my non existent reputation as a top pop picker on the nearest coat hanger & leave the building. For good.
Here’s what the band profess the reason they exist to be:
…to remind you, the public, that rock-solid songwriting combined with a fearlessness to experiment is what originally put bands on the map rather than televised talent contests sold to the masses by dick heads.
Hot diggity, sounds good to me.
There are things other than their music about Moones that suggest success is but a mere hairs breath away for them. For instance they have a proven performer in the “music biz” in their midst in the form of Gallows founder member Laurent ‘Lags’ Barnard. Which may lead you to ponder something along the lines of “From raging hardcore to soft indie pop in one easy move” aaaaaaaaand “Anything Frank can do Lags can do too”. Possibly.
Another thing about Moones is that they have a celebrity endorsor in the form of Guy Berryman from Coldplay. We know he endorses them because he mixed the sound for the video below.
And talking of the video, CHECK OUT THE F**CKING VIDEO! It’s seriously brilliant in a “mind well & truly blown” sense of the word brilliant. Directed by Peter Sluszka it actually seems to be raising more of stink than the band themselves or their music is, almost purely by dint of the fact that it’s so flipping ace. It’s a wigged out combination of stop motion, claymation, pixelation, puppetry, comedy, weirdness, mayhem & much more & a real treat for eyes & ears alike.
Anyway, to cut a long ramble short, here’s the video:
Moones have a website where you can find nowt much more than links to their Facebook page, their twitter account, @flymoones & their Youtube page which contains both the above video & a “Making of” the above video video. (Awesome, I said ‘video’ twice).
More video’s by Peter Sluszka can be found here.