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“You gotta play the shit gigs to get the good ones!” Says Man Of Moon’s Chris Bainbridge. He’s specifically referring to a recent gig at Leeds’ Headrow House as part of their UK tour. “There was nobody there, maybe about 10 people.”

Bainbridge is right, there’s no such thing as an easy ride when you’re first starting out, but it’s likely that their Leeds gig was a blip on the radar of a band who are likely to be playing to thousands of punters on the summer festival circuit.

The Edinburgh duo are made up of Bainbridge (vocals/guitar) and Mikey Reid (drums), whose talents collided after dropping out of school at 17. They suddenly clicked when they both enrolled in a sound engineering course and were asked to play their respective instruments together. Now the pair have reached the lofty age of 20, they already have some solid experience under their belts, filling some high profile support slots for two prolific Scottish bands. “Supporting We Were Promised Jetpacks was class and then going on to support Twilight Sad was amazing, they’re all such good guys and we learned so much from their live show. Their sound is mesmerising. Playing Barrowlands with them was probably the most special thing we’ve ever done. There were people crying in the audience!”

Last year, the duo shook up the blogosphere with first single The Road, offering a taste of their bulky yet intricate sound. The track was picked up by many and praised for its well-rounded rhythms and darkly brooding vocals, which sounded more like a full band than a duo.

Since then Man Of Moon have been knuckling down in the studio to forge the distinctive sounds of debut EP Medicine, due for release in June. First taste comes in the shape of Sign – a finely crafted psych rock number with a fantastic driving guitar hook that ventures into Krautrock territories. It isn’t exactly your average rock ‘n’ roll fare, which gives it a lot more depth, morphing into free-roaming psychedelics and shamanistic chants and scooping in and out of focus. This playfulness may well be indebted to Bainbridge’s eclectic musical tastes. “There are too many bands to name, but I love sort of spacey, psych, hypnotising and atmospheric stuff.”

“We also love using samples, so we wanted to make it a bit more fucking epic at the end!”

Man Of Moon might still be finding their way around the harsh realities of touring, but rest assured you’ll be hearing from them very soon. Whether that’s with ten other people in a dank indie nightclub or at a packed out stage in the sun, it’ll be just as good.

Man Of Moon play Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Wednesday 18th May.


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