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Half Moon Run

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Half Moon Run - Bio

It is rare to find a band with such an extraordinary sense of communion as Half Moon Run. To listen to their music, to see them play, is not so much to hear their songs as to feel one is eavesdropping on a musical conversation; it is a convocation, a ceremony of sorts, it is to be struck by the feeling that you are watching something draw flame and catch fire.  They create music that is emboldened by paradoxes; it feels familiar and new at the same time; a fresh take on rock music emanating from just guitars, drums, and four voices merged as one. Perhaps they provide the soundtrack for long night drives, snow cutting across the glow of the headlights. Maybe they’re the sound of a break ups, breakdowns, and putting life back together piece by piece. They’re introspective, but outwardly positive. Energized and powered by life and the urge to carry on. 

Half Moon Run could be from the 1960s, their interlaced vocal harmonies harkening to Paul Simon's brand of folk, or from the 1970s performing at hazy rock festivals. They could be from the 1990s when rock bands got smart; their songs complex, yet fascinating, or the shoe-gazers that expanded consciousness. It's in ambiguity that the Montreal-based band thrives; after all, their songs aren't simply songs; they're journeys.

Their own journey begins in Montreal, Canada where Devon Portielje, Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips first connected and cultivated a shared dream of what music should be.  In the long hours in their Mile-End district practice space, they sculpted the sound that would become their tempestuous and rapturous 2012 debut album, Dark Eyes. They’re musically deft multi-instrumentalists, not constrained to one instrument alone. Together, they sing, all voices united, reflecting a singular vision, and sound. 

A Half Moon Run song is expansive, meandering between styles both downhome and whiskey-dipped, to ambitious and anthemic; music for the end credits of a film. A song could start with guitar, finger-picked crystalline arpeggios, as falsetto harmonized vocals waft in, punctuated by rolling drumbeats, elevating the intensity, burgeoning with energy, but balanced with emotion. On "Full Circle," the rhythms coalesce, then the song suddenly fractures, opening up to star-gazing guitar howls without spinning out of control. "

While the band gleans influence from the past, they look to the future, to the open road ahead, as they ride alongside accolades offered upon them, from their expansive tours with indie luminaries like Metric and Mumford & Sons, unleashing their homegrown virtuosity to audiences around the world.  For Half Moon Run, the days of toiling at day jobs and questioning has passed; they’re committed to creating something that, if not for a fleeting moment, will stand on the precipice of greatness, and plunge in. 


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