Few things captivate a live audience like great timing and soaring vocals; imagine a band with four solid vocalists and impeccable timing. Half Moon Run played Bowery Ballroom last week to a sold out crowd and floored their audience. The Canadian quartet has a few notable benchmarks in their short career thus far: they’ve been featured on the soundtrack of a major video game, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag; they’ve played major festivals (SXSW, Osheaga Festival, Glastonbury Festival); and they’ve toured the world and opened for bands like Of Monsters and Men and Mumford and Sons (chant-folk anyone?). Did I mention they achieved all of the above with one, 11-song album released last year?
Half Moon Run Use Bowery Ballroom as a Jumping-Off Point
Half Moon Run not only has one of more sonically captivating albums I’ve heard in a long time, but also has one of the best live shows I’ve seen. The key to their success — harmony. It’s in their ability to trade off instruments, the mood set by their enchanting indie rock, and best of all, it’s in their (go figure) vocal harmonies. Each of the four members not only sings, but plays a minimum of two instruments, so their musical combinations are limitless. Outside of the singles, “Full Circle” and “Call Me in the Afternoon,” “Drug You” and “Judgment” were particularly strong numbers by the group.
At Bowery last week, the two non-seated members danced around happily. The atmosphere of the crowd was ethereal, yet energetic. Moments of enthrallment were followed by joyous dance breaks. After playing almost every song off their album, Dark Eyes, the gentlemen of Half Moon Run simply walked offstage, as if they had been playing in a garage or someone’s basement the whole time.
Half Moon Run’s euphony and musicality have coalesced into one of the most prominent sounds I’ve heard in the indie scene yet. One part electronic, two parts indie rock, two parts jam band, and the sickest four-part harmonies you’ll hear by a rock band; this is the recipe for Half Moon Run’s innovation. If you have a chance to check these guys before the rest of the world catches on to their awesomeness, I’d suggest you do so. And it better be soon.
Article by Mark Ayesh