Seattle-based folk rockers The Moondoggies
have released an animated video for their song "Empress of the North." I won't spoil the emotional plotline, but I will tell you that the animated pencil drawing is a very cool aesthetic and that the video fits in nicely with the muted, somber tune.
The Moondoggies is a rock band from Everett, Washington. Formed in 2005 by Kevin Murphy (guitar, vocals), Caleb Quick (keyboards, vocals), Carl Dahlen (drums, vocals), and Robert Terreberry (bass, vocals). They have been described as "seriously kick-ass" by Austin Scaggs of Rolling Stone. The band has released two albums and one EP on Hardly Art, an imprint of Sub Pop Records. In Late September 2012 the band went into Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington, to begin their third full-length.
While attending Cascade High School in Everett Washington Kevin Murphy started a punk rock outfit called the Familiars with drummer Jon Pontrello, bassist David Brown (later replaced by Robert Terreberry), and singer Jon Parks. The group gained a small following playing around Seattle while still in their late teens. Shortly before the band dissolved, Murphy began collaborating and writing with Caleb Quick. The two began performing live while living in Bellingham, Washington. Murphy lived briefly in Ketchikan, Alaska before returning to Everett and starting The Moondoggies. Drummer Carl Dahlen had no previous drum training before joining the band. The band released their debut album Don't Be A Stranger on August 19, 2008. The album received favorable reviews from NPR Music, KEXP, and Aquarium Drunkard.
In November 2009 the band began recording their sophomore album Tidelands with producer Erik Blood. Phil Ek, notable for his albums with the Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, and Built To Spill, came on board to help mix as well as produce the first single "Empress of the North".
In October 2010, the band was featured as Relix Magazine's "On The Verge" artist.
On December 7, 2010 their single "What Took So Long" was NPR Music's "Song of the Day".
In January 2011, longtime friend, collaborater, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Pontrello joined the group.
The Moondoggies have toured with such bands as Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, Quiet life, The Romeny Rye and The Head and the Heart.