When Mooneye first surfaces in 2019, as one of the winners in a talent contest on Belgium’s biggest alternative radio station StuBru, everyone instantly feels that the band formed by Michiel Libberecht has what it takes to become a big indie act. An eponymous EP, three radio hit singles and a busy summer festival later, the band is ready for the Real Deal.
When the world comes to a standstill in 2020, Mooneye works hard to complete their debut album. In the fall of that year they release the album’s first single ‘Bright Lights’ (with a wonderful contribution from fellow label artist Meskerem Mees), a sparkling earworm that is enthusiastically received by fans and radio stations alike. “This undeniably is the odd one out on the album”, Libberecht says about the remarkably cheerful tune. “The rest of the album will be gloomier.”
Enter follow-up ‘Fix the Heater’ in the spring of 2021, a distinctly darker chapter in the band’s new story, and yet also vintage Mooneye. Music fans clearly approve, as the song stays in the leading alternative charts De Afrekening for 18 weeks straight, and turns out to be the perfect last song during live performances, leaving the audience delirious.
In summer the third single and title track ‘Big Enough’ heads down the home stretch to the release of the debut album. The song shows yet another and instantly appealing melodic side of Mooneye, reminiscent of Travis or early Coldplay.
“Clearly, there’s a great deal of variety in the ten songs on ‘Big Enough’, which will be released on 10 September”, Libberecht explains. “Both musically and lyrically. From cheerful to melancholy and everything in-between. Of course there’s a common thread on the album, and the songs are also all very personal. A lot of the songs are about despair, growing up and the search for your place in the world. But safe in the knowledge that everything will turn out alright in the end.”
Next to Libberecht, Mooneye is bass player Stan Holvoet, guitarists Jesse Maes (Hypochristmutreefuzz and Sophia) and Guillaume Navarro (PINGPONGCLUB) and drummer Ramses Van den Eede (Teen Creeps, Hypochristmutreefuzz). They first rehearsed in this line-up early this yaer and hit it off immediately, as one can hear on the album. Add in the top-notch production by Jo Francken (Admiral Freebee, Het Zesde Metaal, Novastar) and Pieterjan Maertens (Tamino), and the result is a cracker of a debut album.
Listen and judge for yourself on 10 September. And don’t miss out on the chance to see them live and witness their sheer class and the pleasure they take in performing onstage. Mooneye will extensively present ‘Big Enough’ on a club tour along the finest venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.Read more
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