The Moons -- a London-based quintet by way of Northampton in the Midlands -- whip up their own incandescent style of sunshine pop underpinned with a timeless British tunesmith sensibility. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Andy Crofts, the band -- James Bagshaw (guitar), Ben Gordelier (drums), Thomas Van Heel (keyboards) and Thomas Warmsley (bass guitar) -- interweave garage rock, glistening orchestrations, and infectious rhythms.
All five members of The Moons are multi-instrumentalists providing a solid backbone of inspiration for their creative method; but moreover, they see upholding the tradition of classic British songwriting as their sacred duty, and draw upon Andy Crofts’ bountiful wellspring of repertoire for their exquisitely fine-honed melodies. “A little hook just isn’t enough,” asserts Andy (usually found behind the Hammond organ in Paul Weller’s band). “We look to our icons to craft the perfect song".
The Moons’ forthcoming 12-track album, Fables of History, was produced by Stan Kybert (Oasis, Massive Attack) and recorded over three weeks at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard studio. Brimming with tight harmonies and shimmering layers of guitar and organ, with shimmering psychedelic orchestration reminiscent of Love or Mickie Most-era Donovan, but with a driving beat. The album features such stand out numbers as the haunting “Jennifer Sits Alone”; a dark Byrd-sian duet “Something Soon” featuring Paul Weller, and a dreamy reworking of a live favorite “English Summer”, “an observation of a typical day in England,” comments Crofts. “The weather, the people -- take your brolly just in case." The Moons will release their first single from the album, a fuzz-beat stomper called “Double Vision Love” in May 2012, through Schnitzel Records.
Beginning life as a side-project in 2008, The Moons’ debut album Life On Earth (2010) was an indie Top 30 hit and a HMV One To Watch. Paul Weller was a guest on the album (playing piano on the track “Wondering” and guitar on “Last Night On Earth”). Rigorously touring their album around the UK, The Moons rapidly earned themselves a loyal fan base; they notched up notable media appearances on Channel 4’s The JD Set and BBC Radio 2’s Live at Maida Vale feature session, as well as doing a secret in-store performance at HMV Oxford Street. With support slots for The Coral, Mystery Jets and The Zombies under their belts, it didn’t take long before The Moons’ hard work and eager following caught the attention of Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer, who handpicked the band to tour with Beady Eye in October on a series of sold out arena shows across Europe.