With visually stunning videos, roaring rhythms, and lively pitch-perfect harmonies, Montreal’s Half Moon Run are a band to keep tabs on. About to embark on the Sirius XM Canada Road Trip Ontario Concert Tour with Billy Talent, AMBY was fortunate enough to speak with this charming group about their three-part harmonies, accidentally driving away from band members, hanging out with influences, and the upcoming tour!
AMBY: Hello Half Moon Run, how’s the band doing and what have you been up to lately?
Half Moon Run: Hello, A Music Blog, Yea! We’re doing alright and becoming absolute pros at splitter tours and ridiculous Europe festival circuits. We play music from time to time as well.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Half Moon Run: Lots of harmonies, heavy and sparse rhythms, synths, guitars, folk, pop, electronic etc. I guess.
AMBY: We love the band’s three-part harmonies. How did harmonies become such a quintessential part of your sound?
Half Moon Run: Singing is just something basic about making music for us, and none of would be in this band if we didn’t want or have to do it.
AMBY: The video for Call Me in the Afternoon is stunning. How did you create the concept for it?
Half Moon Run: It was done by a young and brilliant Polish filmmaker Michal Bieganski who actually contacted us with a concept, for the most part, completed. We haven’t actually met him in person yet, due to our lack of touring in Poland… his concept really clicked with us though, and yeah, the music video is perfectly suited to the song.
AMBY: You’re about to start a tour for Sirius XM Canada Road Trip Ontario Concert Tour with Billy Talent, where all proceeds of ticket sales supporting Red Cross. How did you get involved with the project?
Half Moon Run: Our manager approached us about it and it just seemed like such a clear yes. We’re squeezing the dates in between some one-off Gentlemen of the Road shows in the USA with Mumford and Sons, and the logistics are insane, but we are super happy to be able to be a part of them.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you while on tour?
Half Moon Run: Well, not necessarily to me, but in the middle of a 36 hour drive (straight) from Houston to Montreal, we stopped for gas in the middle of the night at a station that was closed… I was driving and assumed everyone was still in the van, but I happened to drive away while Isaac was relieving himself in a bush. I drove to the next gas station totally unaware, started filling up the tank… took about 5 minutes for Isaac to sprint faster than he ever had to reach us at the next station (luckily very close down the highway). I was so tired I didn’t even feel the gravity of the situation. I just thought it was one of the funniest things, and in our memory now it still remains pretty damn funny.
AMBY: What are the best and worst parts of being on tour?
Half Moon Run: Specifically related to touring (not playing music), I would say seeing new places. Every flight or drive into new territory for me just absolutely stokes me up. Before being in the band, I had always dreamed of traveling without ever having the chance. I’m now probably doing a little too much traveling for what a human being should do, but I never cease to appreciate the chance to see the world. The worst part is probably having to remain within extremely closed quarters with five other smelly dudes for months at a time…
AMBY: What did you listen to growing up, and what have you been listening to lately?
Half Moon Run: I grew up listening to mostly Steely Dan. There was a lot of other music my parents listened to, but that one has definitely stuck. Lately I’ve been rabid about Disclosure… keep getting the chance to see their set at the same festivals we’re playing even though we have zero time to do it. Kidnap Kid is another I’ve been playing pretty frequently.
AMBY: And lastly, if you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you be with and what would you do?
Half Moon Run: I would hang out with some of my best friends back home I haven’t had the chance to see in too long since being on the road. I’d throw on some of my favourite records on a nice sound system at home, and it would be a raw vegan potluck. Dancing and angry neighbors would most likely be involved.
Thank you Half Moon Run, for giving us your answers!
TOUR DATES //
· September 4th: Hamilton – Molson Canadian Studio
· September 5th: Peterborough – The Venue
· September 6th: London – London Music Hall
· September 8th: Kingston – Ale House