Man of Moon: 'The plan is to spark the fire and then keep it going'
- David Pollock
- 7 March 2019
Edinburgh-founded duo's new EP gives a small taste of future sounds
In the past two years the Edinburgh-founded Man of Moon have been fixtures on Scottish live stages, even as their recorded output has dried up. Formerly signed to Manchester's Melodic, they released the single 'The Road' in 2015 and the EP Medicine the following year. Since then, nothing … until now, and the partially crowd-funded release of their new EP, Chemicals.
'We had a wee bit of time away,' explains Chris Bainbridge, guitarist and singer of the duo alongside drummer Michael Reid. 'We wanted to get into a few different studios and work with different producers to see where we'd like to record new music. So we actually recorded all four tunes in different studios with different producers, which was a weird way of doing it, but we're really pleased with the result, it worked out well. For the opening track, 'Ride the Waves', we went down to Paul Epworth's Church Studios in London, it was amazing. On that, we worked with Tom Furse from The Horrors, then we recorded with Paul Gallagher at Castlemilk Youth Complex in Glasgow, Graeme Young at Chamber Studios in Edinburgh and Rick Webster at Highpony in Glasgow.'
All four tracks on the EP fit together well, with a depth and a garage-influenced rawness which sounds not so much like their often-cited 'Krautrock' influence, and more like the druggy expanses of Spacemen 3 or early Verve (before the 'The' was added). Bainbridge and Reid aren't indecisive; there was a strategy to their studio tour. 'With this EP we wanted to test the waters and see who we wanted to work with for the album,' says Bainbridge. 'It was a strange way of doing it, but I think each tune has its own identity. Different producers bring different ideas to the table – it was really good working with Rick, because he's more into his electronic stuff, so the last tune on the EP (the electro-rock 'Skin') is quite far from what we normally do. But Mikey and I are both really into our dance music, and Rick brought sounds that we wanted to use.'