Moon band brings back the old rock band “Phantom” on their new album

According to the numbers, more electric guitars have been sold in the past two years than in any other year since the instrument was created. So if you ever need clear proof that rock music is alive and well, you have it.

Of course, you can also check out OKC’s lunar section to see that the rock is still kicking, but still strong and fulfilling its eternal duty to provide an outlet for energy and emotion straight in your face.

The band’s new album Phantom, released on Friday, May 13th, spans the rock ‘n’ roll continuum from high-octane hedbang to semi-bounce back folk songs, all in the service of capturing something blunt, real, and virtually pretentious. .

Right out the gate, there’s an unmistakable “grunge” sound at play, and it’s hard not to consider the ’90s alternative rock scene that would have streamed from radios throughout the quartet’s formative years.

According to drummer Brandon Napoleon, this may not have been intended, but it is always welcome.

“It’s really what we grew up hearing,” he told me. “We really try not to have any intentions or limitations when it comes to songwriting. It’s just all that comes out. That ’90s sound is just a part of us.”

It’s more than just the specific distorted guitar tones and “Seattle sound” structures. It is the whole attitude and philosophy behind the band’s music.

There is a raw, unpolished nature in the songwriting itself that reminds us of everything first-time listeners responded to in Nirvana all those years ago. It wasn’t just the energy or the anti-arena rock mentality, it was the marriage of the “warts and all” show of punk rock with the heft and mystery of 1970s hard rock and the convincingly timid self-awareness of ’80s college rock. who – which It was grunge.

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And all of these are on display throughout “Phantom” as well, but never as an effect. Never as a grunge-rocker Halloween costume with a ham fist. The Moon Squad don’t wear their sway on their sleeves, because they don’t need to. They just take rock and run with it no matter what ways the songs ask.

“These are the most personal songs we’ve ever created,” said Napoleon. “It takes a great deal of trust to deliver an intimate life experience in song form and then share and bring everyone to life.”

Intimacy isn’t exactly what you might expect from a band that aims relentlessly at hard rock, but it’s a surprisingly apt description. These songs make no effort to hide the anguish, confusion, or frustrations of the working class who gave birth to them, and each is better than that.

A “break,” about the awkward rush to make the most of your allotted personal time at work, can be a new path if not for an entirely serious delivery (and direct relationship from anyone who’s ever been disrupted in a dead-end job). An excellent example of the kind of stark honesty that the Department of the Moon strives for.

A special mention also goes to the second track “Rays” for what might actually be a great alternative rock chorus. The way the band pulls in at the track’s opening moments, and how the vocal hook expertly prepares an impeccable soundtrack to “What Do They Know And We Don’t?” It should be enough to collectively stir the audience’s fist.

Lunar Division’s “Phantom” will be released on Friday, May 13th with an official showing of the album’s May 14th release at Ponyboy.

If you’re interested in the kind of straightforward power or legitimacy that old-school rock can have in 2022, you might want to be on this show.

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The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will display one of the great filmmaking masterpieces and glorious golden age of the 1970s, “The Conversation” by Francis Ford Coppola, on May 13-14.

If you only know Coppola as the director of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” you owe it to yourself to watch this remarkable 1974 act of paranoia, intrigue, and the disintegration of trust he made between these two most famous films.

Starring Gene Hackman at the height of his power, and featuring some of the most creative and exciting editing (for picture and sound) ever made on screen, this movie easily stands as one of the best and greatest thrillers ever made.

OKCMOA’s Nobel Theater presents “The Conversation” for only two days in an impressive 35mm. A must see for any movie fan.

Visit for showtimes, tickets and information.

Last updated May 11, 2022, 7:20AM by Brett Dickerson – Editor

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