with Billy Moon and Dove Lady
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Tuesday June 18, 2019
Really Well, the new record from Halifax band Mauno,is an expansive, idiosyncratic study in the creases in intimacy, authenticity, and labor, and the ways that music—guitars, bass, drums, synths, and vocals—can explore and express them. Written by Niemi, vocalist/guitarist Nick Everett, guitarist Scott Boudreau and drummer Adam White and recorded at Chad VanGaalen’s Calgary studio, the record collapses the personal and the professional within critiques of capitalism and creative labour. Musically, too, it is non-linear, jutting from the twisted, plucky indie-skiffle of the opener to the charged post-punk march of “Half It,” to the spring-reverb-tweaked riffing of “Reeling II,” to the dreamy, sidestepping guitar pop of “Expectations,” to the gorgeous, macabre slow-jam of “Vampire.”
Lyrically, the record deals with Mauno’s preoccupations with the nature of creative labor, relationships, and the self under capitalism. They note that their critiques are filtered through a lens of the absurd, turning them playful. “There’s something about humour and laughter that is very subversive and deeper than I think a lot of people realize,” Niemi says. “With these songs, I was trying to sort of dance on the line.” “There’s a double meaning to everything,” adds Everett. “You have to leave space for people to think. Where is the place for the listener if they’re not going to contribute their own thoughts, or their own interpretations?”
...something that Billy Moon knows all too well. Growing up outside of what you could call a bed-and-breakfast town, Billy found that music was the one thing that made his world his own. Thanks to one of the more powerful FM transmitters in Ontario, Billy was able to get the sounds of bands like Weezer, The Ramones, and The Velvet Undergound sent to the clock radio in his tiny, rural bedroom. From there, he spent most of his adolescence sharpening his skills as punk and rock music nerd. Eventually he made his way to Hamilton, Ontario where he started playing shows and recorded his first studio EP: Young Adult..
After a handful of releases and a couple cross-country tours, Moon has proven himself as a songwriter as well as a performer. Billy Moon is a band, it’s also a guy, and he thinks that talking about it too much is missing the point. Right now he’s currently sitting on a new LP, a bunch of new material, and a live show that’s all about feeling good. Moon makes music to make you realize that holding on to the things that make you different are the ones you should hold on tightest to.