INDIEcent Exposure #26: Moon Hooch — ”Red Sky”
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We didn't have time to set up an interview with Moon Hooch when they were in town last year, and we were darn lucky to catch James Muschler at a moment when the band was kind of (but not quite) stationary (they were going over a checklist before jumping back on the bus to start their new tour. Brooklyn-based Moon Hooch, famous for their high-energy, danceable percussion/saxophone music, is comprised of James Muschler, Mike Wilbur, and Wenzl McGowen (submited photo). I have my shortcomings. We all do, I suppose, but language and communications are kinda supposed to be my thing, and when I’m at a loss for words, I get a little tweaked. Trying to describe Moon Hooch sends me in that direction. Maybe if I were a jazz cat, I’d have better luck, or if I hadn’t been kicked out of music theory in high school, never to return. I don’t know, Maybe then I could explain exactly how two saxophone players and a drummer can awaken an ancient desire to dance (I don’t dance) in me—and not just move in carefully thought out patterns of foot placement. We’re talking spontaneous luchings and possessed gyrations the world hasn’t seen since the Hamlin incident. "Red Sky," from Moon Hooch is available now at (affiliate link). Thankfully, there is no shortage of reviews of Moon Hooch’s recent release, “Red Sky,” that do a great job describing the technical characteristics of music that create the aforementioned irresistible urges. I was just happy to talk with James Muschler, percussionist of Moon Hooch about the changes from the last album, "Cave Music," to this, activism, being your own tour chef, and hints at some of the next directions that the band's evolution is taking. If you want to read other great press on "Red Sky," I recommend Consequence of Sound, NPR's "firstlisten," or Modern Drummer. The band's website is the place to find everything thing you need to know about Moon Hooch, including show dates, bios, photos, and links to videos and social media. ALSO available is their weekly episode of their documentary "Between the Notes" (very worth checking out), and the link to the band's cooking blog "Cooking in the Cave," where you can pick some amazingly appetizing recipes that will tempt vegans and non-vegans alike. Moon Hooch's latest release, "Red Sky," is available at   About Moon Hooch "I'm realizing more and more every day that you can make anything happen for yourself if you really want to,” says Moon Hooch horn player Mike Wilbur. “You can change your existence by just going out and doing it, by taking simple actions every day.” Upcoming DatesSeptember 23 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb for BachSeptember 25 - London, UK - O2 Academy IslingtonOctober 4 - Bridgeport, CT - The AcousticOctober 5 - North Adams, MA - Elks LodgeOctober 6 - Allston, MA - Great ScottOctober 7 - Albany, NY - The HollowOctober 8 - Ithaca, NY - The HauntOctober 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On ‘Red Sky,’ their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music. “I think ‘Red Sky’ is more focused than any of our past albums,” reflects McGowen. “We practice meditation and yoga,
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