Following the 2015 release of their Words in Gold EP, The Moonlight Club is back and ready to release their first full-length album. Recorded in Montreal’s Plateau at Breakglass Studios and the result of a nine day recording session, the album was produced by David Smith (Patrick Watson, Elephant Stone, Leif Vollebekk) and its artwork was done by Montreal artist Olivier Chartrand. The Moonlight Club released their first single “A Little Too Easy“ on November 10th, 2017 and a second single “Are You Up” early January, which are both off the album that will be out on February 2nd, 2018. In early March, the band will play an intimate launch at The Emerald and an edition of Deadly Tuesdays at La Rockette.
No matter where they come from and when they were born, The Moonlight Club’s members play with extremes, owning their mix of 60s Folk Rock Jangle with 80’s new wave. They opted for a raw and minimalist production value and don’t hesitate to embrace studio recording’s inevitable imperfections. The result is an authentic sound carried by a significant energy and sometimes tinged with melancholy reminiscent of The Stone Roses, The Smiths and Echo & The Bunnymen.
Big, bright, jangly guitars inspired by REM and The Smiths mixed with 80s new wave grooves, Montreal’s The Moonlight Club is the creation of longtime friends Francois Royer Mireault (guitars, vocals) and John Pankert (bass, vocals). The pair moved to Montreal in 2010 and discovered an eclectic and vibrant music scene that revived their high school ambitions of recording music. François’ obsession with songwriting and love for bands such as The Stone Roses, Neil Young and The Kinks led the group to record two dozen demos. John brought grooves from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The War On Drugs and Future Islands. François Rousseau (drums) joined the band in 2015. In 2015, impressed by local band Elephant Stone’s EP, The Glass Box, François contacted David Smith at Breakglass Studios to help them record a debut EP. The result was a five-song set called Words in Gold. Their first full-length album, which is self-titled, is set to be released on February 2nd, 2018.