Cool Moon. Photo: Peter Wheiland
I’m pretty sure that for at least three years now, I’ve been writing that Houston could easily be the next city to pop with their music scene. As it stands this year, there are more exciting bands releasing full length albums than anywhere else as far as I can tell. Sometimes these are records from bands you know and sometimes they’re records from bands you need to know. Houston’s Cool Moon is the latter. You probably don’t know the three-piece, but after taking the advice of multiple people, I saw them early last year and I was blown away by how tight and energetic they are. After releasing demos to songs last year, the band took a break to record their album, and in June, Exotic Fever Records will release Postparty Depression. Free Press Houston was more than thrilled to debut the band’s lead single, “Solitary Confinement.” Found exclusively here, the band offers up a mixture of beautiful vocals and high energy riffs that forms a sound that’s hard to turn away from.
Complete with a hook heavy double vocal and catchy chorus, the band really grows from their earnest indie rock past into a fuller and more defined sound. With hints of nineties alternative from acts like The Cardigans and Juliana Hatfield mixed with indie rock from the likes of Ex Hex and Bully, Cool Moon is doing their own thing here while reminding you of acts you love in the process. In fact, the sound of this single alone pretty much sounds like no one else in Houston today, complete with beautiful harmonies and an energetic pace that’s so memorable, that you’ll find yourself placing the track on repeat more than once.
Keep an eye out for Cool Moon as they circle their wagons and gear up for their album release in June and catch them at Rudyard’s on March 15. The 21 & up show has doors at 8 pm and an $8 cover and will feature sets from Adam Bricks and Elizabeth Devlin as well. Until then, enjoy this song as it’s pretty amazing and don’t sleep on this band. Because when you write songs this solid, you’re definitely on your way to something bigger.