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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Moondoggies

posted by on July 24 at 13:45 PM


Six months after moving here and I’m really, truly, fully excited about Seattle music. I’ve fallen for a slew of local bands—not in a token “I live here so I gotta like it” kinda way, but in a sincere “holy shit there’s so much real talent here” kinda way. I’m hugely proud of this scene and hugely proud to be a part of it.

The Moondoggies are one of those bands I’ve fallen for. They’re not perfect, but man are they fucking good.

Actually, for the right situation, maybe they are perfect.

That situation: Driving around one of the Puget Sound islands, late morning, gray light, misty rain.

This past weekend was the second time I found myself in a rental car, cruising rolling forest roads, with the Seattle cosmic country rockers’ demo on the stereo, pulling me towards my destination. I’m listening to the perfect music for this moment, the moment and the music all thanks to Seattle and the sound and the Sound.

The Moondoggies, despite their name, are some serious dudes. The demo, again, isn’t perfect, but damn it’s close. A teenage Gram Parsons meets the Band behind the bleachers to smoke a joint: rollicking midtempo jams, Rhodes electric piano twinkling above group harmonies and bubbling bass lines. Plenty of chorus on every song, and usually more than one great hook. Like, almost too many hooks, until a few seven-plus minute songs burst from simple melodic lines into dark space and somber crescendoes. Some of it’s rollicking, some of it’s mellowed, but all of it’s sweetly sung and smartly played and catchy as hell.

Check out a song here, here, and here, or go to their site on The Stranger’s Bands Page.

The Moondoggies’ next gig’s at Conor Byrne on August 10. I’ve seen them live; they’re terrific, totally worth the drive to Ballard. Especially if you can rock the demo on the way there.

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Welcome to Seattle, JZ, and I'm glad you're getting so excited for our music scene. There really is a lot here to be excited about. I haven't heard the Moondoggies, but I'll actually be sitting in with Pufferfish at the Conor Byrne show, so I guess I'll check 'em out then! Anyway, I just wanted to laud your enthusiasm. Hooray!

Posted by Levislade | July 24, 2007 2:10 PM

These guys are talented, unpretensious and genuinely some of the nicest people to talk to. Having seen them, oh I don't know ...maybe 20 times, may make me a super fan but pffffttt whatever they rule.


Posted by Jesus Gonna Save My Soul | July 24, 2007 2:33 PM

They're also at the Blue Moon on August 25th, for those of you who like to plan your nights out a month in advance.

Posted by Jason Josephes | July 24, 2007 3:08 PM

And at Skylark August 17th for those of you south or southwest.

Posted by jessiesk | July 24, 2007 10:46 PM

Arthur & Yu!!

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 25, 2007 9:36 AM

hey kev i'm wasting space on the stranger message board

Posted by Ehd Done | August 6, 2007 1:32 PM

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