Official Release: 26.02.2016
Another budding band has reached the surface of the music scene. Let me introduce Moon Loves Honey – a dream-rock band hailing from Aarhus. The four-piece started by singer and guitarist Jeppe Dengsø, formed in 2015 and we are more than honoured to be able to exclusively premiere their debut EP ‘Apart’ tonight via SoundOfAarhus. In short, the band invites listeners to a round of mental massage for fans of Mew, and the likes.
Musically, we are talking heavy use of various guitar effects, hypnotic grooves, melodious bass, and the use of multiple vocals simultaneous – both male and female. Moon Loves Honey draw on influences from a wide range of genres, spanning from shoegaze and rock elements to more ambient dream-pop elements. You will find the beautiful and innocent in the depth of the synth and dreamy guitar effects, combined with the raw sound of distortion and rather depressed lyrics; The Beauty and The Beast fooling innocently around at the playground.
The new EP is recorded at Tapetown Studio in September, with the Rasmus Bredvig (Captain Casanova) and Nikolai Fulgsang (SANT) manning the controls as producers. In connection with the release of their ‘Apart’ EP, Moon Loves Honey will kickstart a minitour this spring so, in order to learn more about the band and their inspirations, we decided to have a little chat with the band – We suggest you start the music and read the Q&A below the Soundcloud embed. Remember to watch out for them at a venue near you.
To sum up once again, Moon Loves Honey invite listeners to a round of mental massage for fans of Mew, and the likes.
Moon Loves Honey – Mini-Tour:
26.02.2016 Release Concert – Aarhus
11.03.2016 Røde Himmel – Odense
24.03.2016 Ungdomskirken Vesterbro – Copenhagen
25.03.2016 Kedelhuset – Silkeborg
26.03.2016 Von Hatten – Randers
Firstly, can you tell us a little about you guys and how you all meet and start up as a band?
Jeppe: I had made a couple of demos and I realized that I needed a band to be able to perform live. Therefore, I sent my demos to Ludvig and Stine who I know from high school, and luckily they liked it and wanted to be part of the project
Johan: I was the last one to join the band. I had known Ludvig and Stine for a couple of years but had only bumped into Jeppe a few times prior to me joining the band. A common friend recommended me to Jeppe when they were looking for a new bassist. I remember bumping into Jeppe at Ludvig’s birthday party last summer, where I heard some of the demos he had recorded. I didn’t know, that I would have anything to do with it later, but I remember thinking that I thought it sounded cool.
Stine: As a result of three years of high school with Jeppe, I knew he had a great musical talent that needed to be expressed, so when he (at that same party) told me that he had enough material for an entire album I became curious and told him to call me. A week later Jeppe, Ludvig and I had our first band practice together.
What have been the most memorable moments on your musical journey, so far?
Stine: Our first concert made quite an impression. It was the first time we presented the sound for friends and strangers. That feeling is terrifying but really nice at the same time. Luckily, there were a lot of people and everyone responded really well.
Jeppe: Shooting the video for “My Friends” one Saturday afternoon while everyone was extremely hungover, was a lot of fun actually!
Tell us about the creation of one of your song – where does the inspiration come from, how does the band work it out?
Jeppe: Most of the time, I just compose the songs alone. There will be this flash of inspiration in my mind, that won’t last very long, but will contain all of the elements of the song. So pretty quickly I’ll have the song planned out in my head with all of the instrumentation. If the song is good enough I’ll bring it to the band. Sometimes we’ve arranged songs differently or changed bits of instrumental parts together if the sketch of the song in my head doesn’t really turn out to sound or be how I expected and needs to be changed.
Stine: Jeppe has a mental universe that he invites us into. He is the brain behind the music and the songs and we help develop them.
Can you please describe your music, but without using any genre labels?
Jeppe: To me, our music sounds like what it feels like to be consumed by your own daydreaming. We strive to make beautiful music, most importantly. But I like to combine that beauty with the frustration of distorted guitars and bittersweet lyrics. There are layers upon layers of guitars, synths and vocals and I think it makes an overwhelming and embracing sound, and it takes me to a place of both happiness and sadness at the same time. It sounds like comfort, I guess, would be the best description for me.
Stine: Our music contains a lot of emotions at the same time. It’s extremely melancholic but at the same time quite hopeful-sounding. Not unlike dancing and crying at the same time. It’s emotional and epic yet catchy and pop too.
Johan: You know how people jokingly ask you if you want some coffee with your milk if you put a lot of milk in your coffee? Like that, but with coffee being the instruments and the milk being reverb.
So, if you guys had to invent a genre for yourselves – what would it be? Go on – dream big.
Jeppe: Well, we usually call what we play dream-rock, but I think that that term has actually already been invented, but I’m not sure.
Johan: Hip hop laid back chill-wave punk!
In short, what are the ideas behind your new EP, and what do you especially hope that listeners will notice when they hear it?
Jeppe: I guess the idea behind it is was to compile a number of songs that I think have a connection. They all individually represent certain times in my life and they all in one way or another deal with feelings of isolation, loss and loneliness – which is why the EP is entitled “Apart”. I hope that listeners will be able to recognize this and I hope they will like the melodies, the sounds and the atmosphere. Basically, I hope listeners will let the music take them somewhere far away.
Stine: I hope people will be able to feel themselves because our music conveys both the happy and the depressed times. Personally, I think the greatest feeling a band can give a listener, is the feeling of everything at once.
What are the future plans for the band?
Jeppe: We have a mini-tour in support of the EP coming up this spring. Then I think we’ll make videos for the remaining songs from the EP, write some more, record some more and play some more, hopefully.
Stine: We’ll spread honey around the country. We also have a live session coming out soon.
If you should recommend a couple of local bands people, in your opinion, should check out – which bands or artists would you recommend?
Jeppe: We are playing a couple of shows with fellow Aarhus-based band, SANT. I would recommend checking them out. They also have an EP coming out.
Johan: They are somewhat out there already, but I’ve recently started listening to the punk’d-up band Yung. Good stuff if you’re pissed off and want to have a one-man mosh pit.