New Live Mixtape: HEXPERIENCE

LIVE MIXTAPE: 2012-2014. IMPROVISED SEGMENTS EXTRACTED FROM LIVE PERFORMANCES. DEEP, HEAVY, DRONE-INFUSED JAMS NEVER PLAYED BEFORE OR SINCE. ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST TO TIME IF NOT FOR THE VIGILANT RECORDISTS. CAPTURED AT VARIOUS TORONTO PSYCH ZONES.

“Are you hexperienced? That’s the question everyone should ask themselves before commencing this 60 minute cassette by the Toronto based krautrock/psychedelic group Moonwood. Think of two jams, each half an hour long, which explores this mapless territory of drone-laden communal trippiness that just fluctuates slowly, rising slightly above the constant drones, like a hallucination of an improvised hippie jamming – a bit like Datashock’s Keine Oase in Sicht, with some great female worldess vocals added. This is the kind of psychedelia that doesn’t worship the amplifier or illustrate bucolic visions of nature. Instead we get the freeform, open-ended sonic tapestry that doesn’t really go anywhere, but in case of this tape we’re more content with the process of travelling itself than the destination.” ~ Weed Temple

“Having moved from a duo to a full band over the past year, this is a document of a transitional phase not yet captured in a proper album, so it serves an intriguing in-betweener. Perhaps it’s befitting, then, that it’s sonically at something of an in-between point, too, consisting mostly of semi-improvised mid-tempo jams that often link the more rambunctious material in the band’s sets. More of a bean-bag excursion than a skull melter, this might point where the band is heading after finding the off-ramp from the trans-anywhere express. Also: the tape comes in a very awesome shade of purple.”
~ Mechanical Forest Sound

SIDE 1 // 2014

PERSONNEL: JACQUELINE NOIRE / JAKOB REHLINGER / LUCA CAPONE / MATT FAVA

RECORDED BY JOE STRUTT:
FEAST IN THE EAST, FEBRUARY 1
COMFORT ZONE, APRIL 10
WAVELENGTH/CMW (THE GARRISON), MAY 7

RECORDED BY BRIAN SHIRK:
NATIONAL DRONE DAY (TRANZAC), MAY 10

SIDE 2 // 2012 – 2013 (THE DUO YEARS)

PERSONNEL: JACQUELINE NOIRE / JAKOB REHLINGER

RECORDED BY SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE:
TRANZAC, OCTOBER 18, 2012

RECORDED BY AVERY STROK:
IN BEWTEEN SOUNDS (THE ONLY CAFÉ), JANUARY 3, 2013

RECORDED BY JOE STRUTT:
CROSSWIRES (HANDLEBAR), APRIL 14, 2013
961A COLLEGE, OCTOBER 5, 2013

RECORDED BY CAPONE/FAVA:
THE NIGHT SHIFT — CHRY 105.5FM
OCTOBER 4, 2013

MIXTAPE BRICOLAGE BY J. REHLINGER, 2014

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Our CMW Hexperience

M4We accidentally played a Canadian Music Week showcase this week. That is to say the awesome people at Wavelength asked us to play their collaborative event with M For Montreal at the Garrison. Though we have an unofficial no CMW/NXNE (or any other showcase festival) policy in the band, we said yes. Of course. Why not? It’s just another show, right? It’s not like capital-M, capital-I Music Industry scouts actually go to these things to find new talent. And if they are, well, a psychedelic jam-band probably isn’t what the Industry is looking for. So no harm, no foul. We just kind of showed up and did our thing for the two or three friends we knew were down there with the 17 people in the audience.

Now, here’ something we didn’t consider about playing a CMW showcase. Apparently Moonwood normally isn’t on a bill which warrants a  music writers’ time but for CMW a bunch will show up and actually write about an opening band, which happened to be us. Most were positive, if not a little baffled.

Grey Owl Point

The eclectic lineup began with Toronto krautrock purveyors Moonwood. Now a four-piece, they brought nearly 40 minutes of jams split into two “songs.” Starting with a track the vocalist called “Olivia Chow for Mayor” (it’s not actually called that), it was a full-on assault of keys, electronic flourishes, guitars and drums. Vocals added a touch of mystique to the amorphous music, which could change from minimalist to brutal at the drop of a hat. Concluding with a song not called “Rob Ford Not For Mayor” the band started the night on a groovy note.

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CBC Music

The massive, psychedelic jam of Moonwood. It was a little hard to tell what Moonwood were doing at first, but watching them build their wall of noise until it threatened to overtake us all was pretty impressive.

Demo Magazine

Kicking off the night with a journey to the outskirts of the galaxy were Toronto space rock outfit Moonwood. Formed as a collaborative effort between Jakob Rehlinger and [Jacqueline Noire], the band’s krautrock-influenced catalogue was made all the stronger with the presence of a bassist and drummer, both of whom displayed an impressively high level of stamina as the band charged through a vast landscape of spiraling jams. The group’s performance served as a perfect accentuation of the tension one might expect to experience during the earliest moments of a show.

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Panic Manual

Starting things off were space rock/krautrock band Moonwood.  Formerly the solo project of Arachnidiscs‘ Jakob Rehlinger, the project has morphed into a full band devoted to bringing the Hawkwind-esque jams. Their set consisted of two songs, which for tonight at least, were entitled “Oliva Chow For Mayor” and “Rob Ford Not For Mayor.”  A fully satisfying set. 

Chart Attack were less impressed, giving our performance a “C” grade overall. Apparently, our GPA was brought down by Jakob’s hat.

Kewl Effects: B  In a less scattered or at least more self-contained format, Jakob Rehlinger’s hydra-head guitar would have shone. Ambition: A — Rather than stick with the propulsion of [Trans Martian Express], the band opted for two twenty-minute stretches in a set at least partially inspired by Toronto’s mayoral race (the second half was jokingly titled “Rob Ford Not For Mayor”). Energy: C+ — This was certainly the venue to try new things. But there was no easy entry point for the wandering, non-committal experimentation was easy to tune out of, and felt like they were trying to abruptly shove the audience into a trance state they hadn’t earned yet. Most, like me, were content to sit. Some chatted at the back or played on their phones. The atmosphere was one of patient tolerance. Hat: F — Green straw fedora. Took me right out of it. Final Grade: C.

For the record, the hat is not green (it’s grey), straw (it’s cotton) or a fedora (it’s a trilby). We did enjoy, however, the NME-style arbitrary slagging of our whole set based on Jakob’s hat. CMW is, after all, about the capital-M, capital-I Music Industry experience.

 

Cod Bless Fest, April 10th, Toronto

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We’re opening things up at the Reel Cod Records’ Cod Bless Fest on April 10th.

Live at Feast In The East 34 (MFS recording)

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We debuted our new rhythm section (Luca Capone: Drums / Matthew Fava: Bass) at Feast In The East 34 last Saturday (Feb 1st). The sights and sounds were captured by the ever vigilant Joe Strutt of the Mechanical Forest Sound blog. The recording features an improvisation (titled by Strutt as “Sack of Blood“) and the “Trans Mojave Express” outro section. Check it out at the link below.

http://mechanicalforestsound.blogspot.ca/2014/02/recording-moonwood.html

Our next gig is in support of DOOMSQUAD for their record release party at Comfort Zone on Feb 27th (also on this amazing bill is HYS, Petra Glynt and Mas Aya!).

https://www.facebook.com/events/1386445068242882/

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LP PREVIEW: Trans Mojave Express

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Preview track, “Trans Mojave Express”  from our upcoming LP Desert Ghosts.

 

Interview about Trans Venus Express

Jakob was interviewed by The Bohemian Club label’s Alistair Read regarding the Trans Venus Express EP which is going to be released by The Bohemian Club, digitally, on November 15th.

 

When did you realize you had the beginnings of your sound?

I haven’t yet. It’s a pretty evolutionary process. Moonwood material is all over the map too from acid-folk and psych-improv type stuff to the fairly techno krautrock that’s on Trans Venus Express. And what I do in BABEL is very different again. Also what I do in BABEL ranges from minimalist chamber pieces to guitar noise experiments to musique concrete type stuff (as TRANZMIT). All over the place. I don’t think I have a “sound” per se, production-wise, but there are certain phrasings and motifs that pop up across all my work in my playing.

It was probably about fifteen years ago I started embracing my “style” instead of abandoning those ideas because they didn’t sound like anyone else. Which was a breakthrough as a player because I wasn’t really conscious I was doing that. The work I’m most proud of is recognizable as being me, no matter what genre, or sound, it happens to be wrapped in.

What music inspired the ep?

Honestly, my previous album Trans Martian Express was the original inspiration. ‘Venus’ began as the follow-up LP for Pleasence Records and I was aiming for something similar in approach. I soon felt it was straying too far into EDM territory. There’s a bit of ‘80s gloss to the arpeggiators and the drums sounds and I wanted the electronic elements on the LP to be more organic in nature. Also I wanted Jacqueline more involved.

It just happened Bohemian Club contacted me right as I was about to abandon the sessions and start over so I ended up finishing the four tracks, and allowed the sort of ‘80s Maimi Vice textures to evolve. I definitely thought, “What would Jan Hammer do?” a few times during the recordings—something I’d never normally allow myself to do.

Do you play out at all?

We do. Not often, probably a half dozen time a year. We’ve been using live-looped electronic percussion and drum machines but are looking to add a live drummer and bassist. I think we’re jamming with some this weekend, actually.

What are your listening habits like—any guilty pleasures or treasured gems?

My listening habits are pretty eclectic. My all-time favourite band is Pet Shop Boys but then my second favourite probably has to be Swans. Of course, I listen to neither very often. Nor do I listen to as much kraut or psych-improv as you’d expect. I certainly own a lot of Moonwood-ish stuff, but if you looked at what’s on my iPhone you’d be as likely to find Da Lench Mob, Lana Del Ray, Slayer, John Lee Hooker, Carly Rae Jepsen and about a million shoegaze songs as something like Six Organs of Admittance or Neu! or Kraftwerk. In fact, I don’t own a single Kraftwerk album, which surprises some people.

I think Sigue Sigue Sputnik probably counts as a guilty pleasure and a treasured gem. Third favourite band, easy.

Whats next in the pipeline for Moonwood?

We’re working and re-working the LP for Pleasence Records I mentioned before. I’ll be another Trans Express krautrock album. The planet hasn’t been decided yet, but I suspect it’ll be Saturn or Jupiter. One of the big ones. It has a bit of Erkin Koray by-way-of Dick Dale feel to some of the tracks. We also have some acoustic acid-folk songs half in the can. There might be a live cassette from recent shows and radio appearances. Also, that working with living drummers and bassists experiment.

Listen: Live on CHRY 105.5 FM

chrysecondarywordmarkYou can now listen to our midnight appearance on CHRY 105.5 FM‘s The Night Shift where we were interviewed by host Luca Capone and then jammed some jams. Simply click the link below.

http://www.mixcloud.com/NightShiftCHRY/the-night-shift-live-broadcast-chry-1055fm-october-5th-2013/

New Live Rehearsal Recordings Album

In preparation for our numerous live shows this week, we spent the weekend (Sept. 28-19, 2013) rehearsing. Out of that, 128.5 minutes of music got recorded. We captured a few slow-burning versions of our current improvised arrangements for “Trans Lunar Express” and “Trans Martian Express” as well as an in-progress piece with the working title “Surf The Casbah“. Also a completely new, completely improvised, probably never to be played again, 20-minute post-punk tinged tune called “I Went Walking“. Patience rewards with deep droning freakout culminations.

Here it is, Trans Metro Express. Available for stream and purchase at Bandcamp.

3 SHOWS IN OCTOBER / RADIO APPEARANCE

We have 3 shows coming up in the first week of October, plus a radio appearance.

Oct 2nd, Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West, Toronto)

Dust Adam Dust :: Moonwood :: roboteyes :: TBA

Dust Adam Dust is a sonically diverse, psychedelic pop experience. Using guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, D.A.D. blends textures and melodies into a sonic landscape that falls somewhere between Harry Nilsson and Sonic Youth. Dust Adam Dust is heading through Ontario and Quebec on tour.
http://dustadamdust.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dustadamdust

Blending their distinctive styles into one cohesive band, roboteyes takes the weirdness of Devo, the pop of David Bowie, and the theatrical vocals of Pat Benatar into a great live dancable, synthpop powerhouse.  roboteyes is the soundtrack to the greatest John Hughes movie never made.
TBA: WHOO WILL IT BE?

October 5th, Artistic Anarchy (961a College st)

Artistic Anarchy + Next Level Syndicate Presents – Atsuko Chiba :: Hairy Holler :: Junior Bob :: Moonwood

October 6th, Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave, Toronto)

Crosswires presents – Moonwood :: Pale Eyes :: and more (as in TBA)!

Where the sweat and clamour of dark, industrial dance-pop meets the cry for human connection and social engagement, Pale Eyes enters.
This Mess are a huskerduific thrumping outfit, filled with world travelers unweary and steady.
http://thismessband.bandcamp.com/

Live Radio Appearance: The Night Shift

On October 4th, some time between midnight and 2am, we’re going to play live on CHRY 105.5 FM’s “The Night Shift”. (Listen online at http://chry.fm/)

Kensington Market House Show Friday Aug 23

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After a short Radio Lucifer hiatus, Moonwood will be performing as a duo once again. Tomorrow night in fact, with some pretty amazing company.

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Artistic Anarchy Presents: MUSIC NIGHT at 90 Bellevue Ave.

Doors@9pm
$5/BYOB

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/489120484509035/

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Moonwood:
http://moonwood.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Moonwoods

Psyche Tongues:
http://psychetongues.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/psychetongues/info

I Have Eaten The City:
http://ihaveeatenthecity.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Have-Eaten-The-City/19768449544

KUSABIRA:
http://kusabira.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kusabira.project/info