Moon Duo, The Haunt, Tue Aug 20

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Tap one foot on the moon and the other in deep Americana to this Colorado space rock’n’roll duo, without ever leaving The Haunt.
Formed by Ripley Johnson, guitarist from the highly acclaimed Wooden Shjips (acolytes of 2010’s ATP New York festival, as selected by director Jim Jarmusch) and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo explore a similar field of stellar sonics to Johnson’s main project, only with an added noise pop brightness to Wooden Shjips’ murky jams. Just like Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo are equally indebted to 70s protopunk and krautrock bands like Suicide and Neu! as Chuck Berry solos and the dusty halls of American guitar riffing. What Johnson and Yamada hone in on is the soaring grooves of spacey hooks and psychedelic textures, on top of a structure of motorik 70s drone – only with solid tunes as its foundation. It’s this combination of heady, razor-edged repetition and bright melodies that shuffle Moon Duo’s music into more listenable territory. Now on their third album, last year’s Circles distilled this essence, with its synth-heavy set of spaciously-arranged pop jams.
Live, Johnson’s endlessly looping guitar dives and Yamada’s thick synth frameworks create an all-encompassing behemoth of sound, layered with far-out solos and vocal harmonies. Its thick, 12-cylinder grooves will perfectly fill out The Haunt’s appropriately scuzzy interior, cut through with the unmistakable light of Moon Duo’s superior knack for tunes.
£10 adv + BF, 14+, 7pm.
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