A month ago, Moonfall dropped their second single “Colorless” exclusively via Earmilk. The EDM-leaning track, which strays from the band’s alt/rock roots, is now streaming here: http://bit.ly/2wRj7Wh. Prior to “Colorless,” the band debuted their music video for “Lost” on idobi. The gang headed out to Philadelphia, PA to film with director Chris Newhard (Sia, Jessie J, Train) at Baleroy Mansion. Notorious as one of the most haunted houses in town, the original family/owners of the property experienced paranormal activity, hallucinations, and inexplicable deaths. Moonfall channeled this concept into the video by depicting all three members circling throughout the premises while battling the unknown.
Music is “the universal language of mankind,” as told by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. If that is so, you can add it to the list of languages the members of New York-based Moonfall speak fluently. Matthew Howl (vocals/guitar) aligned with Mei Moor (bass), shortly before coming together with Andrew Chow (drums). This trio of best friends quickly set out to spread their message. Dynamic and texturally creative, they aspire to turn stages everywhere into their proving grounds.
Bringing people together is a mission for Moonfall. People of all cultures, all orientations and all ages respond to music. “Music has inspired and helped us throughout our lives. It reaches down so deep, so fast,” notes Matthew “so it is one of the most immediate ways to reach someone.” What reached Matthew, growing up, were artists ranging from Coldplay to Muse to Linkin Park. Mei found her musical inspiration in anime, and bands like the GazettE and One OK Rock. Andrew cites hip-hop as an early influence, discovering music through the video games he played as a kid, before delving into the heavier sides of rock and metal.
Known for their versatile musicianship and their experimentation with genres since their inception, they quickly honed in on what would become their unique approach to composing. Their songs come together quickly since they all moved in together. The construction of a Moonfall song starts with Matthew, who builds the melody and progression. When the skeleton is done, Mei and Andrew work on their instruments while adding their personal touches to the song, molding and shaping it. Ultimately, they bring it all together, it is not done until they all ‘feel it’ and know their fans will too.
Perspective is the through-line for Moonfall’s work. Lyrically, the Empty Cage EP tells an interesting story. Matthew explains “We take a lot of inspiration from nature and places we’ve been, trying to capture those atmospheres into the stories we write about. It often happens that when you insert yourself into someone else’s story you find out a lot about yourself.” The EP talks about human frailty and journeys of perseverance. The songs focus on people’s reactions to losing what they care about… and learning to draw on their strength. The last song shows the perspective from the opposite side, of what was lost.
As the OffBeat Music Blog enthused “Moonfall have a passion, sincerity, and talent that renders their music absolutely captivating.” The future will see a legion of captivated young people all over the world following Moonfall’s rise, because –of course – they’re speaking their language.
Formed in 2015, Moonfall released their debut EP Refraction independently, but truly begun their breakthrough with their single “Devon,” which generated a frenzy of rave reviews from dedicated fans, press outlets, and new listeners alike, all ready to embrace what Moonfall has to offer next. The band’s sophomore EP Empty Cage is out now via Outerloop Records/Cooking Vinyl.