Moon Duo at The Workman’s Club – Review


Moon Duo @ The Workman’s Club – Sunday 29th September 2013

Critically acclaimed Moon Duo an indie space rock act famous for epic primeval sounds played to a full house last Sunday 29th September 2013 at The Workman’s Club. Support on the night came from the idiosyncratic indie act I Heart The Monster Hero, they hit the stage commencing their set immediately seducing the audience with quirky sound effects and illustrated visuals and space imagery. Their catchy tune “Send Good Vibes Only “really warmed up the room. I Heart the Monster Hero are epic quirk rock at its finest – a very inspiring, skilled band.

Sparing nothing on sound and visuals, Moon Duo launched directly into “Sleepwalker” their cool, magnetic single off the album ‘Circles’ (2012). Amidst darkness and red optical lights, we felt feverish during “Catch As Catch Can” amidst Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamadam’s spectacular light show, that was delighting all us in the audience.

Black and white triangles across their faces and our eyes, was creative and hypnotic – luring us into their world. Johnson’s voice was as delicate as it was dulcet during “I Been Gone”. Neither stopping to look up for one moment, the introduction of a real drummer to the mix was welcomed, and subtle. Yamadam on keys was poised and natural performing her part perfectly during highs and lows of “In the Sun”, “Mazes” and “Goners” she never faltered once.

Moon Duo cite ‘Moolah’, ‘Silver Apples’, and ‘Cluster’ as influences and were motivated to work together because of collaborative work by John Coltrane and Rashied Ali. After releasing their first EP ‘Killing Time’ only in 2009, the band have since moved on to consistently produce one master piece after another – namely the EP ‘Escape’ (2010), and albums ‘Mazes’ (2011) and ‘Circles’ (2012), to critical acclaim.

Both musicians deep in their trance like states, shook and nodded their heads to their long and languid beats which had us calling out for more after each song. Stand out songs were (very hard to choose) as wonderful as the next, however “Sleepwalker”, “Motorcycle, I Love You” and the wonderful “Set It On Fire” were excellent. Moon Duo left a perpetual impression on us, we all were lost in their sound – hence our continuous cries for more.

We could have rocked out and drank those visuals with Moon Duo for days, an epic gig.

Review by Áine Byrne


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