Long Dark Moon
Dawes, The Killers
Welcome to your library an impressive debut album//EP from Long Dark Moon hailing from Seattle Washington. The six member group apparently recorded the album live at Columbia City Theater in the spirit of a prior Neil Young session . The production is excellent, providing a very raw and authentic feel. The solid musicianship is ultimately propelled by Starkey's comforting vocals and fervor. Starkey delivers a very heartfelt performance and has the tonality in his voice that is truly infectious. He has quite the range taking us from a downtrodden baritone setting to the energy much akin to frontman Brandon Flowers of the Killers.
I Saw You Fall (4:05) Terrific opening track where the pedal steel and piano work blend perfectly. Starkey shows tremendous range here.
Mountains (4:35) This track infuses a southern appeal and drives off some very powerful contrasts in emotion. Mountains being the symbolic obstacles within a relationship.
Mythologies (4:20) The title track is pretty straightforward in its delivery and melody. Perhaps our least favorite off the album.
Story Ends (3:30) We love the guitar work on this track, taking us from pedal steel to rhythmic Rush-like Fly By Night subtleties.
Too Busy (3:10) Invoking a bit more hop in our step, the southern twang is the perfect mix as the energy really kicks in at about the 1 minute mark. We very much enjoy the continual horse trotting pace throughout. Great closing track.
It has been quite some time since we have stumbled upon a solid new rock band. One that is true to the core and does not cater to a particular genre. Just plain old straight shooting rock and roll that you can enjoy from the get go. Grab this one off of Bandcamp if you get a chance. - 10/9/2015
Long Dark Moon is:
Aaron Starkey - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Holly Houser - Piano
Jay Kardong - Pedal Steel
Jeff Baars - Drums
Ross McGilvray - Bass & Vocals
Shasta Bree - Backing vocals
Standout Tracks: I Saw You Fall, Too Busy, Story Ends