Moonbabies

Moonbabies

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandAlternativePop

The swedish band the Moonbabies (Startracks) are currently residing in Berlin recording their 4th album, backed by a growing fanbase in America and Europe, due to acclaimed albums, amazing liveshows, and frequent airplay. The album is rumoured to be nothing but spectacular and will be out late 2009.

Biography

The Moonbabies is a Swedish duo formed by core members Ola Frick and Carina Johansson. Ola and Carina got together and began writing songs and gigging throughout their home city of Malmo, Sweden. After a couple of years playing around with different set-ups and styles, their debut 7", 'Air>>>Moon>>> Stereo' EP was released. After quite some success with the EP, they got signed by US label Duckweed Records who released their debut album 'June and Novas', which met near unanimous critical approval for its blending of glimmering guitar lines, complex electronic and experimental passages, and hauntingly ethereal vocals. Moonbabies got praised by the American music press and was described as "not just the best of their country but ours as well " by one admiring American critic and "an impressive marriage of traditional indie pop and modern electronic production" by another.

Their diverse music has been called "dream pop", "album rock", "mood pop", and "experimental underwater moods." Their strong melodic songs run the gamut from lulling to heavy rock, and their less traditional instrumental pieces often incorporate elements of classical music, psychedelia, and electronica. Tracks from 'June and Novas' got heavy rotation on Swedish National Radio, and impressive amounts of sale and attention for a small indie release.

Moonbabies needed exactly one album to establish themselves as the architects of some of the most exquisite 21st century pop. Compared to the likes of Grandaddy, My Bloody Valentine, Sgt Pepper era Beatles, Kate Bush and Jim O'Rourke. After the release of 2001's 'We're Layabouts' EP, Moonbabies did their first US tour and successfully headlined a dozen venues in the western USA. The following year Moonbabies released another critically acclaimed EP titled 'Standing on the Roof / Filtering the Daylight', which illustrated a significant departure from the Moonbabies' known brand of indiepop, and a change towards a more mature and sophisticated songwriting. After its release the band signed on to the Swedish label Chalksounds, to Hidden Agenda/Parasol in the USA and to Vinyl Junkie Records in Japan.

The band released their second full-length album 'The Orange Billboard', their most ambitious work to date, in January 2004. The album features a wonderful journey through the finest pop songs the band ever written and was praised with fantastic response from the critics and listeners. The band toured extensively throughout 2004 in Europe.

The Single/Mini-album "War on Sound" was released in 2005 and became an immediate indie-anthem and followed success on radio and TV-shows like Grey's Anatomy.

In 2007 the band was signed by legendary swedish label Startracks, and released "Moonbabies at the Ballroom" a somewhat more constructed and song-oriented album, inspired by Phil Spector and The Beatles. Highlights of the album included the single "Take me to the Ballroom", "Shout it Out", "Walking on my Feet" and "Cocobelle" which all were frequently aired on collage radio world-wide and included in several TV shows and commericals.

Currently the band resides in Berlin, Germany to record their 4th full-length album, which rumoured to be more psychedelic and electronical than their previous work judging by the early demos of the album, which are no less than amazing. The album is expected for a late 2009 release.

Moonbabies Official Website
http://www.moonbabiesmusic.com/

Lyrics

War on Sound

Written By: Frick / Johansson

Oh Sunday rest / I'm a mess / put me in your arms
I called your home / heard the tone / just wanna be a part of
It could be wrong / but i tried / to tell you last night
I found it hard / to explain / I sleep and I can't talk

Don't say a word
my head ain't feeling right
stay where you belong inside

Hey! It will be alright / I just found myself in ways I couldn't help
it will be alright / just find a state where everything's passing by
I just found myself in ways I couldn't help

Sunday rest / still a mess / put me in your arms
See when she's down / girlie charm / Just wanna have a part of
I found it hard / but i tried / to tell you last night
The planet's grown / turned to stone / see you on the safe side?

Don't say a word
my head ain't feeling right
stay where you belong inside

Hey! It will be alright / I just found myself in ways I couldn't help
it will be alright / just find a state where everything's passing by
I just found myself in ways I couldn't help

Fieldtrip USA

Written By: Frick / Johansson

Fresh drops, cellophane
Move me down the abandoned ground
Forests, fields, bananas brown

Boredom hills you are dear to me now
The ultimate shot of random procedure

Move through the mud
Move through the land
Soon being forced to sue you
Soon being left without a frown

So I went to bed with you all - In uniform
Hard knuckles with your silenced rule - In uniform
We over heard what you were saying - In uniform

Frazzle heads, worn to the ground
Making you suck on this lemony land
You can't smell the dirt until they crap on your lawn

Damage is done no matter what you are told
Resist and you find yourself buried in clouds

Move through the mud
Move through the land
Soon being forced to sue you
Soon being left without a frown

So I went to bed with you all - In uniform
Hard knuckles with your silenced rule - In uniform
We over heard what you were saying - In uniform

Sun A.M.

Written By: Frick / Johansson

Resting the rhyme I've been struggling to write
And it's time that I make it
Yeah you're right that I fake it

Wander around with this wreck of a plan
While your home kissing daises
And you’re long to be shaken

Dressed up in uniform can't face the crowd on my own
Yeah it's stinking I get by with some drinking
I know you can see me you're breaking the ice where I crawl
Yeah I miss it it's your call you know that I miss it

I become you
Just wait and see us
Nine years from here
And I follow you
To where we meet up
So far so near

Facing the ground 'Cuz I can't get a life of my own
And I know it 'Cuz it's wrong yeah I know it
I know you can see me you're breaking the ice were I crawl
Yeah I miss it it's your call you know that I miss it

I become you
Just wait and see us
Nine years from here
And I follow you
To where we meet up
So far so near

The Orange Billboard

Written By: Frick / Johansson

Wait don't get up 'Cuz it's too late
Weak and feeling crestfallen
Tied up to my eyes With this cruel tape
She wants to keep me on the safe side

Here on the ground It is so far from everything I left out
Not been around, Now you answer
With two words at the same time

When all that I need is for you to keep my darkest memory
It's all that I see and I know you feel like nothing's wrong with me

Here on the ground
It is so far from everything I left out
Not been around
Now you answer
With two words at the same time

Rain makes it go round
I'm not to blame
For acting like I'm surprised
Far over and out
Makes it too safe
He wants to beat me for the last time

When all that I need is for you to keep my darkest memory
It's all that I see and I know you feel like nothing's wrong with me

Crime O´The Moon

Written By: Frick / Johansson

You have found all there is is trying
You have found words will keep on flying
And you loose some but gain some weight even if you’re dying
It’s pollution
'Cuz The Crime o´ the moon made the six feet shoulder mom beg me to fall
'Cuz he cries and he’s old and his feet won’t hold up for long
We’re here to fall
You have found all there is is trying
You have found words will keep on flying
And you loose some but gain some weight even if you’re dying

'Cuz the pain is left in your backfiles
With all their supplies and they’re nice
'Cuz The Crime o´ the moon made the six feet shoulder
mom beg me to stop, All the docs and the pros couldn’t
make you stronger than Iam We’re here to fall

Discography

CD & 12":
NEW ALBUM (TBA) - 2009
MOONBABIES AT THE BALLROOM - 2007
THE ORANGE BILLBOARD - 2004
JUNE & NOVAS - 2001

CDS & 7":
TAKE ME TO THE BALLROOM - SINGLE 2007
WAR ON SOUND - SINGLE 2007
WAR ON SOUND MINI ALBUM - EP 2005
STANDING ON THE ROOF - EP 2003
WE'RE LAYABOUTS - EP 2001
AIR >>> MOON >>> STEREO - EP 1999

Heavy Collage and National Airplay for songs like "War on Sound" , "Take me to the Ballroom" & "Sun A.M."

Set List

Setlist length varies between 50 to 130 Minutes.

Latest setlist (April 2009):
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Intro Jam + The Orange Billboard
War on Sound
Take me to the Ballroom
Don't Ya Know
Cocobelle + Outro Jam
Fieldtrip USA
Sun A.M.
Over My Head
Crime O the Moon
Jets
Shout it Out
Sister Gold
+ 4 encore songs

Moonbabies rarely do covers, if so very improvised at the heat of the moment. such as "Women of the World" Jim O'rourke, "Running up that Hill" Kate Bush or "Kamera" Wilco.