ACL Spotlight: The Moondoggies

As the date continues to draw closer, we’re still going strong, bringing you another band we think you should take notice of during Austin City Limits. Read on for our thoughts on The Moondoggies. If you’re looking for something with a hint of folk, yet filled with warm melody, then you need to come out to see Seattle’s The Moondoggies.  Sure, there are hints of the great Northwest scene, but more of their tunes owes allegiance to the vast wilderness of Alaska, said to have influenced leader Kevin Murphy during the writing of their latest record, Tidelands.   Honestly, the majority of the album has this incredibly beautiful solemnity, relying upon the strenght of Murphy’s voice.  But, one of the things that stands out is the tendency for the band to sort of unleash a wash of heavier guitars, which surely will open up the band to some loud jamming moments at the festival.

I appreciated the open space that lives in the songs on Tidelands, surely a touch influenced by legendary producer Phil Ek.  At times, you’ll find yourself so caught up in the melody that you can’t help but to let the band’s sound wash over you, finding yourself lost.  Personally, this feels like more than just your average affair with Americana, but hey, that could just be me.  One thing I do know is that there’s really no competition for the band during their set, so you have no reason not to go check them out. 

The Moondoggies play on Saturday, September 17th @ 4:30 on the Austin Ventures Stage.  Tidelands is in stores now via Hardly Art.

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Download: The Moondoggies – It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity [MP3]

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