Unarguably the biggest band in Northampton at the moment, 60s-inspired garage rock fivepiece The Moons release the follow up to their debut album Life On Earth - Fables Of History - through Schnitzel Records early this September. Following the split of The On Offs, Andy Crofts and his band have shot on to even bigger fame: supporting Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye on tour last year, chosen by Mani of The Stone Roses to pay tribute to The Smiths live on Channel 4 and performing on some of Paul Weller's recent albums both in the studio and on stage (which would certainly a dinner table and half!)
Released on 7" vinyl a month ago, the infectiously groovy rock 'n' roll single Double Vision Love was the recorded material heard from the album (although rather them than me when it comes to the music video!) that will feature alongside the extravagantly titled Forever Came Today, Habit Of A Lifetime and The First Goodbye according to details out earlier today. Also revealed was Fables Of History's psychedelically surreal front cover however, perhaps most exciting of all, Something Soon - a mod-ish collaboration with none other than Mr Paul Weller himself, a first for any Moons record.
Not only that, Northampton's own fab five embark on a fourteen-stop UK tour this Autumn, starting at the Green Door Store in Brighton on 8th September, passing through King Tuts on the 22nd before its conclusion a month later on 6th October at Bristol's bowling alley-cum-pizzeria The Lanes (now why don't we have one of them in Northampton?). A fortnight ago it was also announced that the band would yet again be headlining The Umbrella Fair this year along with Rozism and The Snakeman 3; countless opportunities to witness The Moons live that I urge you not to let go to waste.
Be it Circa, The High Drivers, The On Offs or The Ladders, Andy Crofts' projects have never really had the shelf-life to actually release a proper album, however awesome they may be. However, unless the Mayans were three months out with their calculations, The Moons have already managed two records brilliantly - and I reckon they'll continue putting this incredible town on the map for years to come. Forget Jupiter or Mars, Sinatra, just fly me to The Moons!