MOON DUO (supporting The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)

Moon Duo

San Fransico’s Moon Duo return to Australia in 2013 as special guests of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Formed in in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s fuse the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock. And like The JSBX, they are also kindred spirits with Australia’s own Scientists having covered that band’s classic track Set it On Fire for their first 7″ release back in 2009.

Moon Duo first toured Australia in October of 2010 off the back of critical acclaim for that single, their first two ep’s and debut album Mazes. The return this time with a new album Circles, the product of a long winters isolation in the Rocky Mountains.

Full of grinding guitar drones and synth spirals, their second album ‘Circles’ is less an orbiting lunar satellite than a full-blown Death Star, its phasers set to krautrock-inspired noise marathons.NME 8/10

Inspiration for many of the songs themes, as well as the title Circles, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of “the flying Perfect.” From the opening lines: “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.” And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.

See Moon Duo on tour with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, live this March