Moontower (band)

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Moontower
Moontower at the Roxy.jpg
Moontower performing in 2019
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
Genres
Years active2018-Present
Members
  • Jacob Berger
  • Tom Carpenter
  • Devan Welsh
Websitethisismoontower.com

Moontower is an electro-pop Los Angeles-based trio consisting of Jacob Berger (guitar/vocals), Tom Carpenter (bass), and Devan Welsh (guitar/keyboards).[1][2] Originating at the University of Southern California, the band is known for their conceptual content and "highly visual" live shows.[3]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

All three members of Moontower attended the USC Thornton School of Music, which is where they met and formed their band.[2] Inspired by a Lemaitre concert they attended, the trio decided to start a project which began as "a crossover between alternative songwriting and electronic music production" according to Berger.[4] Their band name was chosen as a reference to the 1993 film Dazed and Confused and implies the inclusive community they sought to establish in their fanbase.[2] Moontower began playing parties and on-campus gigs in 2018 followed by shows around southern California soon thereafter, including a show opening for Bad Suns, before they released any music.[5][6]

Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood EP (2018-2019)[edit]

Moontower released their debut single "William" in April 2018, inspired by one of the trio’s housemates, William Hollywood, who also directed and appeared in the song's music video.[2] The single accumulated 100,000 streams in its first two weeks.[4] The next two singles continued the story of William Hollywood, with "Leaving You Behind" in July 2018 and "Long Hair" in October 2018.[7][8] After sold out shows at the Moroccan Lounge and the Echo in Los Angeles in October 2018 and January 2019 respectively, as well as a string of tour dates supporting The Driver Era and Cold War Kids in March 2019, Moontower released their debut EP Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood on May 9, 2019.[9][10][11][12][13][14] The 7 track concept album focuses on its titular character as a vehicle for the band to convey their own upbringings and adolescent experiences, and was accompanied by a 3 episode video series following him in a "story of love, loss, and recovery in a psychedelic suburbia."[2][14] That summer the band promoted their release on a tour supporting Night Riots, and made their first major festival appearance at Reading & Leeds.[15][16] Season 2 is in the pre-production stage.

What Day Is It? EP (2020-Present)[edit]

Moontower released 3 additional singles in the first half 2020: "Rerun" in February, "Burn Me" in March, and "Got My Way" in May, inspired by Berger's mothers' heart attack.[17][10][18] In July, the band released their first collaborative single "Guess I'm Jaded" with Goldroom after meeting him at the Satellite in Silver Lake, which was later remixed by RAC among other artists on a remix EP released that August.[18][19] Though the band's 2020 headline tour was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they put on a virtual tour in July presented by Bandsintown.[20] The four-night interactive "What Day Is It?" tour benefitted Know Your Rights Camp and NIVA, and featured 4 different openers, all of whom were meant to open for Moontower on their postponed tour.[21] On August 28, 2020, Moontower released their sophomore EP What Day Is It? featuring singles previously released in 2020 in addition to "Hit The Lights", all of which they performed in a live video of the same title released in May.[22][23] "Hit the Lights" was accompanied by a video inspired by Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" and reached #1 on KROQ's "Locals Only" program.[24][25]

Performances[edit]

Moontower are known for their energetic live performances, which they bear mind in their songwriting as they intend for their songs to be experienced live. Over the course of their career they have opened for COIN, YUNGBLUD, Bad Suns, Night Riots, The Driver Era, Cold War Kids, Social House, Magic Giant, and YUNG BAE.[23][2][20]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood
  • Released: May 9, 2019
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Label: Self released
What Day Is It?
  • Released: August 28, 2020
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Label: Self released

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"William" 2018 Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood
"Rerun" 2020 What Day Is It?
"Bury Me"
"Got My Way"
"Hit The Lights" 2020 What Day Is It?
"Guess I'm Jaded" 2020 Non-album singles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet Moontower : Jacob Berger, Tom Carpenter, and Devan Welsh make up the electro-pop band Moontower". Shoutout LA. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Yang, Catherine (15 August 2018). "SupplementVideoPodcastsMultimedia Magic on Menlo: The Making of Moontower". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  3. ^ Scholfield, Anna (9 April 2018). "A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Moontower". Ones To Watch. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Artist Interview: Moontower". KXSC Radio. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  5. ^ Alam, Jahfreen (1 April 2018). "Concert Review: Rock N' Roosevelt 2018". UCSD Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. ^ Scholfield, Anna (26 April 2018). "USC Trio Moontower Debuts With Cutting Pop Single, "William"". Ones To Watch. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Moontower: Leaving You Behind". Kick Kick Snare. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  8. ^ Irving, Nathan. "Moontower – Long Hair". We Found New Music. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  9. ^ Ungermann, Christina (8 October 2018). "Show Review" Moontower at the Moroccan Lounge". KXSC Radio. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  10. ^ a b Axel, Krister (24 February 2020). "Melodic Electro Pop from Los Angeles. - Moontower: Rerun". Chillfiltr. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  11. ^ Bronson, Kevin (24 January 2019). "Tonight in L.A.: Chief Keef, Bas, Moontower, Juice, Gabriel Kahane, FIDLAR, Jesse Malin, Jane Holiday, Moonsville Collective, Papa Roach, the Pink Spiders, Dimebash 2019, Mozes & the Firstborn". Buzzbands.la. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  12. ^ Bourdeau, Kristen (29 March 2019). "The Driver Era and Moontower live at The Valley Bar in Phoenix". Vanyaland. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  13. ^ Grobaty, Tim (13 March 2019). "Cold War Kids will heat up crowd at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach". The Hi-lo. The Long Beach Post. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  14. ^ a b Moses, Brady (22 May 2019). "Moontower Takes Us On a Psychedelic Rescue Mission in "Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood" [NEW ARTIST DISCOVERY]". Ones To Watch. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  15. ^ Trendell, Andrew (21 August 2019). "Check out the stage times for Reading & Leeds Festival 2019". NME. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Night Riots to Headline the Lodge Room". The Scenestar. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  17. ^ Heidt, Dustin (18 February 2020). "Listen to Moontower's irresistible, bittersweet new single 'Rerun'". Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  18. ^ a b Robinson, Chloe (20 May 2020). "Moontower wants you to call your loved ones in new single "Got My Way"". Earmilk. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  19. ^ Gray, Kaelyn (7 August 2020). "RAC Leads the Way for Goldroom's "Guess I'm Jaded" Remix Package". Edm.com. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  20. ^ a b Hall, Erica (16 September 2020). "'Hit The Lights' by Indie-Electronic Trio Moontower". Occhi Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  21. ^ Robinson, Chloe (1 July 2020). "Moontower Talks Loved Ones, Isolation, and Groundbreaking Virtual Tour". Ladygunn. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  22. ^ Bronson, Kevin (28 August 2020). "Stream: Moontower, 'Hit the Lights'". Buzzbands.la. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  23. ^ a b Robinson, Chloe (22 September 2020). "Moontower Gives a Voice to What We're All Feeling on 'What Day Is It?' [Q&A]". Ones To Watch. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Premiere: Moontower – "Hit The Lights"". Wonderland. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  25. ^ "KROQ Locals Only Playlist: Moontower, Finneas, St. Panther, and more!". KROQ. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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