Moon Turn Red

Moon Turn Red

by MonkeyJunk

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Overview

Moon Turn Red, the fourth LP from Juno-winning blues-rockers MonkeyJunk, is a robust, hard-driving set with a pleasingly saturated vintage vibe, courtesy of producer and Blue Rodeo member Colin Cripps. With its unique formula of electric guitar, baritone guitar, and drums (no bass) remaining intact, the band hums along like a well-oiled machine, dishing out heavy grooves that touch on funk, soul, deep swamp blues, and, most prominently, rock & roll. A big part of MonkeyJunk's appeal is how they approach a genre that often relies on tired, played-out tropes. There are plenty of acts offering very standard takes on bluesy rock, but MonkeyJunk pay a lot of attention to their craft both in the studio and on-stage. On Moon Turn Red, they channel the traditions of the American South through the stadium muscle of Led Zeppelin, experimenting with sounds and grooves that go beyond the roadhouse into something weirder and more exciting. Album highlight "Live Another Day" pairs a floor-rattling organ (or possibly deconstructed harmonica) intro with a mighty, lumbering, half-swung groove before blowing the roof off with a nifty bit of hard rock guitar harmony. Similarly, the thumping riff-rocker "You" leaps out of the speakers with enough propulsion to drive a locomotive. More than just a collection of guitar solos and roots themes, their songs are clever and well thought out, with plenty of presence, but still with a keen sense of providing rock's most essential thrills. Now eight years into their career and MonkeyJunk sound more vital than ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532138222
catalogNumber: 321382
Rank: 143512

Album Credits

Performance Credits

MonkeyJunk   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Ken Friesen   Background Vocals
David Wilcox   Guitar,Vocals
Gordie Johnson   Hammond Organ
Steve O'Connor   Hammond Organ
Tony D   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Kelly Prescott   Vocal Harmony
Matt Sobb   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Marriner   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Kelly Sloan   Vocal Harmony
Nick Diak   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ken Friesen   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Colin Cripps   Producer
David Wilcox   Composer
Tony Diteodoro   Composer
Paul Reddick   Composer
MonkeyJunk   Producer
Scott Lake   Engineer
Matt Sobb   Composer
Scotty Doubt   Layout
Steve Marriner   Composer

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