THE MOONS are a British indie rock band who formed in Northampton in 2007 and comprise singer/guitarist/songwriter Andy Crofts, drummer Ben Gordelier, guitarist and backing vocalist James Edward Bagshaw, bassist Tom Warmsley and Keyboardist Tom Van Heel. The Moons currently have one studio album released on Acid Jazz Records called Life On Earth.
At the end of 2006, Croft’s former band The On Offs broke up. Shortly after this Croft and Gordelier worked together for the first time, recording bass and drums for former On Offs frontman Danny Connors on one of his albums. As a solo artist, Croft had built up a collection of demos during The On Offs period, and in 2007 he made a Myspace page (under band name ‘The Moons’) and uploaded a few songs to gain feedback. Within days Mojo magazine had picked up on Croft’s songs and put “Intermission Rag” in their current top 10.
The first recorded demo was The Lunar Sessions, on which Croft played all instruments except drums, which were played by Danny Connors. Croft released the song “Don’t Go Changin” on his own label, Colorama Records, on a limited white 7″ vinyl. Live performances were done with the help of friends, but Croft soon assembled a full-time line-up with Ben Gordelier (drums), Adam Leeds (bass) and Chris Ketley (guitar).
The Moons recorded their debut album Life On Earth (released on Acid Jazz Records, March 2010) in Paul Weller’s studio. The album featured new versions of the Lunar Session tracks. Weller played piano on “Wondering” and lead guitar on “Last Night On Earth”. The first track, “Don’t Go Changing”, was recorded at Dulcitone Studios with Lee Russell. With new members James Edward Bagshaw on Guitar and Tom Warmsley on Hammond and Piano, The Moons toured extensively playing headline shows and supporting Ocean Colour Scene and The Rifles. Four tracks from Life On Earth were released as singles and the album made it into the top 30 of the Indie charts.
In between shows and tours, The Moons played live Radio shows for the BBC with Janice Long and Mark Lamarr and played In-Store shows at Oxford Street HMV and Carnaby Street Merc Clothing. A highlight of the year was their support slot for Ocean Colour Scene at the Royal Albert Hall in October. The Moons spent the rest of the year demo-ing and recording their second album with Edwyn Collins and Seb Lewsley at Westheath Yard studios. Add The Moons winter UK tour 2011
While taking time out to record their second album with Edwyn Collins, The Moons returned to the live circuit in 2011 with new album material at The Gibson Lounge London, part of the MERC Live gig series in conjunction with Gibson Guitars and Clash Magazine. The Moons were featured as part of the Channel 4 JD Set. Chosen by The Stone Roses’ Mani to pay tribute to The Smiths, The Moons performed cover versions of The Smiths songs along Kid British, Little Barrie and Tom Clarke. The band performed “There Is A Light That Will Never Go Out” at Manchester’s Band On The Wall venue on May 12, 2011.
In October they supported Beady Eye on their European Tour.
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