The Moons’ music is infectious. I’m not sure how they pull it off, but with space-pop melodies and soaring harmonies, the music feels genuine and pure. With their new album Fables of History now released, there was a lot to speak about with this group. So The Moons’ frontman Andy Crofts graciously spoke with AMBY about recording with Paul Weller, funny tour stories, and an amazing line-up for their dream festival!
AMBY: How would you describe The Moons’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
The Moons: The Moons sound is a mixed melting pot of melody and texture and influence. I have always looked up to my songwriting idols and obviously taken a strong influence from them but I never wish it mimic anything. I just write what I feel is totally natural at the time and never try to write a song if that makes sense. I just let it fall out of me. I almost feel someone is just sending me the music and melody and I’m just the receiver.
AMBY: Jennifer (Sits Alone) is a wonderful song, what is the story behind the song?
The Moons: Jennifer originally started as “Jupiter” as I was reading something about space at the time but it didn’t feel tight so the name Jennifer came to me. Maybe I had saw the name in a newspaper or something but it was the first name I thought of so I stuck with it. Jennifer sits alone is pretty much about myself. I am an only child and although I had a bunch of friends, I always felt like the loner whilst growing up. As I got older my own mind was already stuck in its ways. I was a dreamer who loved space and the universe. Single minded with the love of all things arty and obscure. A one man mission to do something special (whatever that was). I never had any money and didn’t really wanna follow everybody else. I was quite happy in my own world. I seem to be speaking in past tense but I am still the same now. The song isn’t that deep although it quite beautiful. I based it on me but I hoped it would relate to many people who feel a little like the outsider. I was originally just on the acoustic but drums and all the strings etc came later. It is one of my favourites
AMBY: How did Paul Weller end up singing on the track Something Soon?
The Moons: We recorded half of the album at Paul’s studio so obviously he is sometimes around. Whenever something is happening in the studio he likes to check it out or even get involved. When I was speaking with him he said he would come down and play something and I just said how about singing something instead as I had a duel harmony which was perfect. I actually wrote the songs a few years before hand and had to put it on the shelf for another day. It’s a pretty good song and it’s an honor to have my good friend Paul on there. In fact it’s a massive honor. Some people have said that The Moons use the Weller thing. I disagree though. He has become a close friend of mine and I play in his band. Everything I do is related and I can’t help it. The Moons use no one. I was and am a massive fan of Weller and if anything, it was a dream to record with him and the video was a bonus.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
The Moons: That’s a tough one but one thing that comes to mine is at a gig in London once, they were really strict about curfew and were basically trying to get us off the stage and during our last song they turned the house lights on to hurry us up. After we finished the song the bouncer got up on the stage and tried to kick us off. The crowd were all shouting at him etc. Anyway as we walked off the stage our drummer Ben threw his drumstick which managed to hit the bouncer in the back of the head in front of everyone. He then came charging backstage to start trouble. He rushed up to me and all he said was “that wasn’t very nice”. It’s not that funny but it makes me laugh thinking about it. Most funny stuff stays in The Moons’ van..
AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?
The Moons: As Fables Of History came out at the end of 2012 we still have a lot of touring and things to do with that album. We are heading to Europe for a tour in April and then we will organise another UK tour. Apart from that I will be writing and writing towards the moons album 3 and my own solo record that I’m working on. I have come to the time in my life when I feel I’m ready to do my own solo album. It will be on the side of the moons. I just feel I need to do it. Keep your eyes peeled
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
The Moons: Another tough question. I prefer the thought of a dream festival situation with The Moons as part of the bill. Such as, Serge Gainsbourg,The Beatles, Otis Reading, Count five, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The La’s, The Kinks, The Specials, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Clash, Slade, The Jam, Air, The Sex Pistols, De La Soul, Marvin Gaye, The Sundowners, Stevie Wonder, The Buzzcocks, The Bees, Public Enemy, Simon and Garfunkle, The Creation, Tame Impala, The Strokes, The Small Faces. You get the idea..way too many to mention
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
The Moons: Lately I have been listening to lots of electronic sounds. Although there is a lot of great music coming through the net, there isn’t much out there that interests me. Musically I mean. I want super melodies that blow my mind and well structured songs. These days it seems there is a bad song wrapped around a good riff. I really do like Tame Impala though. Great band! Although there is lots of copycat bands already starting. Yawn.. I’ve been listening to BBC workshop electronic and experimental sounds and music. I always loved that stuff because it’s ahead of its time but I’m really getting into it more now. Deliah Derbyshire and Joe Meek are the most listened to at the moment. My obsession with Joe Meek pretty much started The Moons. I’m just looking further at music at the moment. I think I can write a good song but I need some other kind of fix.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
The Moons: Ravi Shankar, John Lennon and Ronnie Barker
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
The Moons: To be honest the most exciting thing for me is creating new music. It’s the best feeling when you know you have something good up your sleeve. We can’t wait to do the European tour as well. That will be fantastic! I hope we get to play in the USA and Japan etc at some point but we have to wait for the right opportunity.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Moons that nobody knows yet?
The Moons: We are all robots!
Thank you so much The Moons, for giving us your answers!