THE MOON KIDS
STRANGE THOUGHTS ON SUNDAY
The Moon Kids follow-up the razor-sharp thrills of their debut EP with a brand new single, Strange Thoughts On Sunday out now.
“For me, songs should always flick a switch in your imagination,” insists frontman David Barr. And the hazy, narcotic pop of Strange Thoughts On Sunday does exactly that – a vivid tangle of electric guitars and cascading basslines that conjures up neon lights, fairground nights and girls with bubblegum eyes.
Recorded with production legend Michael Brennan Jnr (Mogwai/Super Furry Animals/Snow Patrol), the single is further evidence of the endorphin-rush blitzkrieg that has won the band high-profile fans like movie director Richard Jobson.
Most recently, Tom Waits, Run DMC and London Grammar were among the judges who voted The Moon Kids into the finals of Nashville’s prestigious International Songwriting Competition (previous winners include Bastille). That’s quite an accolade considering they were up against 18,000 entries from 117 countries including Australia’s Vance Joy and America’s Little Hurricane.
The Moon Kids are part of a new generation of Scottish guitar bands – along with fellow travellers Neon Waltz and Model Aeroplanes – who are pushing the envelope, articulating a 21st century new wave sound using little more than drums and wires and an attitudinal sneer.
“We want to make music that’ll make your heart beat a little faster,” confides the frontman, who formed the band with drummer Rory Buchanan and guitarist Connor Whyte after discovering a shared passion for Berlin-era Bowie, Kill City-era Iggy and Crocodiles-era Echo & The Bunnymen. “I guess the ambition is to write a song that’ll quicken your pulse like you’re hurtling down a Coney Island rollercoaster.”
“Songs that go straight to the heart of melodic British pop music,” was one reviewer’s verdict on their amped-up, adrenalised sound. That rollercoaster symphony may not be too far away after all.
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