The swanky Soho House rooftop, complete with swimming pool, beach chairs and well-dressed, young professionals, was home to a short set from Half Moon Run
, whose debut album Dark Eyes
was just released internationally. While a majority of the crowd didn't know who Half Moon Run were (several people asked me for the band's name), the Montreal indie-rockers quickly captured everyone's full attention with atmospheric opener "21 Gun Salute". With drummer Connor Molander rhythmically jogging in place while playing his stand-up drum set, lead singer Devon Portielje soon joined on his own drums, with Dylan Phillips' prominent bassline holding it all together.
They then slowed it down with a new, twangy track "Unofferable", which had Portielje doing his best Robin Pecknold, although the harmonica and three-part vocal harmonies brought The Avett Brothers to mind. Single "Full Circle" was next, which swiftly picked up after a folky finger picking intro into semi-southern rock, featuring handclaps and steady percussion. Old school love song "Need It" followed with its Buddy Guy-style slow blues slinky guitar groove and backing vocals that provided an almost Motown feel. "Give Up" contained a late-RHCP guitar intro and proved that Portielje is not afraid to let his sometimes angelic voice get gruff.
Half Moon Run, who just finished touring with Of Monsters and Men
, are similar in style to OMAM but are a little deeper and a little more serious. I would love to hear these guys in a proper venue, where they could unleash their full folk and electronic arsenal of layered, emotional arrangements.
Watch Half Moon Run's "Full Circle" music video.
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