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Willy Moon and Cherrytree/ Island Announce Album Here’s Willy Moon For April 2nd Release
“Now 23, this hip-swiveling performer inspired a flurry of hype across the pond with his arresting…rockabilly-tinged pop…” – Time Out New York
“… the song in those ubiquitous new Apple ads is a jumbo-size drumline anthem that makes the London-based wunderkind’s own description of himself – “Bo Diddley remixed by Swizz Beatz” – seem not too insanely misguided, and maybe even kind of awesome.” – Entertainment Weekly
Self-made and self-proclaimed authority resistant repeller, artist Willy Moon will release his eponymous album, Here’s Willy Moon on April 2 (Cherrytree/Island Records). Last year, he charmed audiences in New York and California during his US live debut. He is currently on tour across the country and will be making his SXSW Music Festival debut on March 12-17 in Austin, Texas. For tickets visit - http://willymoon.com/tour-dates/
Although just 23 years old, Willy Moon proves that age is just a number as he slinks through different decades with a swift ease. Inspired by the physical energy of Cab Calloway and Michael Jackson, the concision of the Ramones, and the style of film noir, Moon appreciates these musical giants through the gaze of his wit and irrefutable sound.
To say the least, Moon knows what he wants. So much so that he wastes no time creating superfluous track fillers. This ideology manifests itself in Here’s Willy Moon, which is less than 29 minutes long. Only one of its 12 songs lasts more than three minutes and not a single note is squandered. "My album is short like my songs. I always loved the relentlessness and excitement of that first Ramones album and there's something of that spirit in there. I think it will surprise people who've only heard ‘Yeah Yeah’, there's some slower, more atmospheric songs on it and one that even last for over three minutes...ha!"
Here’s Willy Moon stays true to Willy’s love of extreme contrast. ‘Railroad Track’ is like Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ rearranged for a 1930s chain gang. ‘She Loves Me’ crunches Hamburg Beatles into shuddering quasi-dubstep. ‘Get Up’ is seize-the-day hip-hop blues. The instrumental ‘Murder Ballad’ sounds like Tom Waits wandering through a haunted car yard. The cover versions make alliances with the weirdos of 50s rock’n’roll: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put a Spell on You’ and Little Willie John’s neurotically horny ‘I’m Shakin’. Then there are the songs that sound like they should be covers but aren’t: the blue-collar howl of ‘Working for the Company’ and industrial Phil Spectorisms of ‘My Girl’. It’s an unusual record because Willy Moon is an unusual man.
Willy Moon wrote, recorded and produced his debut album all with a few tracks being produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey. Like a sculptor effortlessly works his clay into a mold from an ambiguous slab, Moon uses his infectious beats and melodic lyrics to reconstruct the pure sounds of rock’n’roll that have been deep-frozen in 1965, with a flow that can only be defined as Willy Moon. He does not afford the listener a gray area to meander; rather his choices are decisive and bold, and thus we are better for it.
4.What I Want
6.I Wanna Be Your Man
7.Working For The Company
9.She Loves Me
10.I Put A Spell On You
February 14 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Café
February 16 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
February 18 New York, NY @ Pianos
February 19 Hartford, CT @ Arch Street
February 21 Norfolk, VA @ The Jewish Mother Backstage
February 22 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
February 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
February 25 Detroit, MI @ Shelter at St. Andrew’s
February 26 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
February 27 Los Angeles @ Bootleg Theater
February 28 San Diego @ House of Blues
March 1 Las Vegas @ Backstage Bar
March 12-17 Austin, TX @ SXSW Music Festival