01.30.2014 — “Lazy” by Moonbeams


If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Lazy” by Moonbeams (2011, from the The Daisy Chain demo).

Moonbeams is a shoegaze/noise pop band from San Francisco. I don’t know how many people are officially in the band, but it’s my understanding that Moonbeams is pretty much the work of one man named Ryan Lescure (aka “Ryan Moonbeams”). The Facebook page lists eight other people as “members”, but the bandcamp page says that everything was written, recorded and performed by “Ryan Moonbeam”.

He/they started in about 2009, and there have been four demos that were home-recorded and self-released. In the spring of 2012, Moonbeams compiled some of the stuff from those four demos into one six-song mini-album called Forever. Tonight’s song originally appeared on the 2011 demo The Daisy Chain, and later on Forever.

“Lazy” by Moonbeams

This song shows some pretty strong influence from The Jesus and Mary Chain and MBV. They say they’re also influenced by some This is That Song favorites like Swirlies, The Field Mice, and The Sundays. I’m surprised if they’re not also influenced by Velocity Girl. Especially some of the really early VG stuff when Archie was doing some of the singing and their sound was much fuzzier.

I don’t know anything else about Moonbeams, but I’ve listened to several songs and I like everything that I’ve heard. You should download the Forever mini-album here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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