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Albums Of The Week: Moon Fever | Payphone Blues

Subtlety and self-consciousness have no place in the L.A. rockers' high-octane EP.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Their hedonistic, larger-than-life sound might recall a more hellacious period of rock ‘n’ roll history, but make no mistake: Moon Fever are a band built for modern times. In a musical world where genre lines have been muddied beyond recognition, the Hollywood band unabashedly worship at the altar of the Sunset Strip idols that came before them — a welcome respite from the multi-hyphen, blend-o-matic blandnessn masquerading as today’s rock music. With the release of new EP Payphone Blues, the band are turning up the heat.

Moon Fever — vocalist Cody Jasper, guitarist Mitch Micoley, rhythm guitarist Will Travis, bassist Joshua Buchanan and drummer Greg Garcia — trade in high-octane garage-infused riffs, soaring vocals, and lyrical storytelling with enough debauchery to simultaneously raise eyebrows and fists. It’s unfiltered, honest-to-gawd rock with a sonic upgrade for contemporary listeners’ discerning ears.

Indeed, subtlety and self-consciousness have no place in Moon Fever. Their debut single Fever marked one helluva coming-out party, blasting through with a self-referential declaration that announced the band to the world at large. It would sound equally as captivating in a seedy club as in a packed arena; in short, it’s the perfect mission statement for a modern rock band. “We literally say, ‘We sold our souls to rock ’n’ roll’ in the song — that’s a pretty damn good representation of what you’re going to get,” Micoley declares with a laugh.

Followups Casanova and Shaking Off The Evil garnered more critical acclaim and received placements on key rock playlists on all major streaming services. Undertaker continued the band’s climb, and the banger Cocaine wrapped up 2020 and embedded Moon Fever into the rock ’n’ roll consciousness of fans around the world, racking up more than 650,000 streams to date. The rocker Cheap Thrills kicked off 2021 with a bang.

The band’s songs are awash in authenticity and kinetic energy, a byproduct of the undeniable chemistry between Jasper and Micoley, who connected online in late 2019 and soon realized the symbiotic power of their musical prowess. “When I found Cody, it immediately felt like he was the Robert Plant to my Jimmy Page,” Micoley explains.

The Austin-based Jasper relocated to L.A., where he moved into a tiny studio apartment with his new songwriting partner and began carving out the beginning stages of Moon Fever before breakneck recording sessions in the backyard pool house of producer Jim Kaufmann (The Black Moods, Danny Worsnop, Night Riots). A few lost weekends later, the band emerged with a quiver of undeniable anthemic arrows teeming with the ghosts of the glory days of Hollywood rock — ready to shoot at an unexpecting world. “There’s some kind of energy in L.A. that seeps into the music,” Jasper says. “It feels like something to aspire to.”

Moon Fever have already opened for Buckcherry on a series of sold-out dates, and are scheduled to take their frenetic stage show on the road as direct support for Adelitas Way starting in May, with festival stops as well. Moon Fever are poised for big things, and are fully enjoying every second of fast living along the way. “We’re a rock band from L.A.,” Micoley proudly states, before Jasper interjects with his own wry declaration: “With the same bad habits.”

Check out Payphone Blues below and try to keep up with them on their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.