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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Euro alt-rockers Moonshine Booze, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have been inactive. Covid-related societal / communal delays aside, you could actually say that the band have put the past year to good use, as they wrote, recorded and produced video materials for their latest album – a long-play appropriately (for the times) named ‘Pandemonio’.
The new album from these animated rockers is rather colorful and welcome, especially in these dismal times, but what do you expect from a band who professes to be inspired by the likes of legendary film director Federico Fellini, actor Buster Keaton, artist Salvador Dali, actor Jack Nicholson and iconic film guru Quentin Tarantino, not to mention “rivers of Montepulciano red wine.” We say ‘thumbs up’ with good reason. Give it a spin for yourself!
This is the band’s second album, following up their 2018 debut album ‘Desert Road’, released via Seahorse Recordings. Ahead of this new LP, the band released two singles: ‘The Hole’ and ‘The Tide’, each having its own surreal boisterous video (the second is directed by Jessica Montebello).
With classic rock elements and balanced rhythms, ‘Pandemonio’ showcases the band’s unique alt-indie rock with bizarre variations; a twisted and cynical mixture of spaghetti-rock soaked in bluesy tones. Through hard work with retro style arrangements, plenty of color has been injected into all 15 songs, appearing in a specific order to create a linear journey. The raw, cutting and electrified sound is framed by their vision and extravagance.
“The political and social turmoil of the past years have given all of us enough pressure, and to us, the release of the ‘Pandemonio’ album represents a new dawn; the creature has been freed. In this work, our sound has become even more sharp and eclectic, and for this, we have to thank the vastness of red wine that has fueled our inspiration,” says frontman Emiliano Zapata.
Moonshine Booze formed in the summer of 2014 in Teramo, Italy. This trio is Andrea Manila (vocals), Emiliano Zapata (guitar) and Fabio Manchos (drums). Having been active on the music scene for over twenty years in various bands, both in Italy and The USA, the trio has gathered and relaborated experiences from different musical genres, putting them to good use in their new project.
Initially, this band just wanted to put out a series of classic covers from Johnny Cash to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and J.B. Leinor, but this has turned into something so much more. Combining grit blues rock with alternative country, Moonshine Booze’s music has been described as psychedelic country blues-tinged rock, as well as brazen desert alcoholic acoustic rock.
‘Pandemonio’ is available everywhere digitally and can be obtained directly from the artist via Bandcamp. Released through Overdub Recordings, this record is distributed throughout Europe, in both digital and in physical formats, via code 7 / Plastich Head.
Andrea Manila – Vocals & Bass
Emiliano Zapata – All Guitars & Vocals
Fabio Manchos – Drums & Percussions
Songs, lyrics and production by Moonshine Booze
Arranged by Emiliano Zapata
Recorded and mixed by Marco Pallini at Skunk Studio
Mastered by Luigi Di Eugenio at Labora Studio
A&R by Marcello Venditti – (P) Overdub Recordings – ©Moonshine Booze
Photos by Lama Donna
Artwork and Layout by Emiliano Zapata
To date, two videos have been released, highlighting songs from this album. Feast your eyes…
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