From the S.F. Bay Guardian of Noise Pop '97:
It's refreshing to find those rare local bands
that focus on songcraft rather than image. While they might be button-cute, The Moons are such a group. A songwriter's band whose music displays a strength of
composition and breadth of influence that belies their youth.
A recent Sunday at the Chameleon Club found singer-guitarists K.C.
Staubach and Scott Bradley leading the quartet on nine well-written songs that revealed both classic and contemporary sources of inspiration. Songs like,
"Stolen Days" had a healthy
Beatles-by-way-of-Brit-pop sound to them Staubach's "Dear Prudence" sounding riff was transformed and inspired. Older brother Charlie Staubach worked a
John Entwhistle-style bass line on "Epstein", while Adam Pfahler
(formerly of Jawbreaker, R.I.P.) brought in a more modern
tone with his jackhammer-like drumming. Bradley's earnest vocal delivery quickly won the audience over. His singing on the ballad
"Janine" put the finishing touches on a moving number.
Despite the disparate nature of their influences The Moons formed a cohesive unit onstage and flawlessly executed their songs, leaving the Chameleon's crowd
obviously hungry for more.
I'm reminded of their opening song, "Upstarts", on which Staubach sang, "I'm not an
upstart anymore." Considering the tightness of The Moons' performance and the well-crafted nature of their tunes, one would be forced to agree.
From Punk Planet #24:
Step Back, 7": Twangy power pop with a touch of the
mellow ballad. Not punk; in the punk sense, but in the 80's Big Star or
Robyn Hitchcock sense, or even a 60's Thumper. If you are a
Jawbreaker fan don't buy this because Adam Pfahler
is drumming, 'cause most of the youngins won't like this. Cool if you like stuff like The Romantics, Taxi Boys or other 80's power pop. [EA] $3
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From SnackCake! By, Audrey Faine:
The Moons are a relatively new power pop foursome that
knocked me out when I saw them at the late great Kilowatt. This single is a pretty good representation of the band I saw that night; albeit, somewhat toned down. The "A"
side sounds heavily influenced by Teenage Fanclub, complete with high pitched backing
vocals, searing guitar solos and a lead singer obviously smitten with Alex
Chilton. In fact, if you mixed The Kinks with
Teenage Fanclub and added a little
Big Star you'd have The Moons.
From B.A.M. #539 By Aidin Vaziri:
Madonna, Swervedriver, Sebadoh. The Moons. This
cassette tape went through an interesting evolution before landing at our office. This quartet, however, has wiped out all evidence of previous occupants and replaced it
with it's own gloriously jangly power pop. The breathless harmonies and clean guitars recall the smooth exterior of the Style Council, while the rhythmic rough
edges belie certain garage influences. The tottering George Harrison tribute
Harrisong is fine, but the real evidence of
Beatlesque genius emerges on Epstein, a deliciously layered song with cascading melodies and cool indifference.