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Fri May 11 2018
8:00 PM Doors
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Anemone, Helena Deland
Moon King is the pop music project of Daniel Woodhead, often performing as Daniel Benjamin, Daniel Moonking, or Daniel BW. His music has been described as dream pop, electronic pop, or indie rock, and recently the project's sound has shifted to include disco, synthpop and house music.
Born in Toronto, Canada, as a teenager Daniel became involved in the city's DIY music community, playing in numerous bands and organizing events including several all-night concerts at a circus rehearsal warehouse, and on the Toronto Islands.
In the early 2010's he became closely affiliated with the flourishing electronic music and party scene in Montreal surrounding cult indie label Arbutus Records, and began frequently performing as a touring musician with Grimes, Sean Nicholas Savage and Doldrums.
A cassette of Daniel's first recordings as Moon King caught the ear of Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk, who released two 12" EPs, "Obsession I" and "Obsession II" on his label One Big Silence. Performing with guitarist and vocalist Maddy Wilde, as well as a rotating cast of backup musicians, Moon King toured heavily from 2013-2015, supporting artists including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Austra, TOPS, Majical Cloudz and Alvvays, showcasing at SXSW, CMJ and Iceland Airwaves, and receiving favorable press coverage. In 2015 the band played over 100 shows to support the release of Moon King's debut album "Secret Life", but at the end of the year Daniel decided to relocate to Detroit, Michigan, putting the brakes on any future touring. A completed second album was shelved, and longtime collaborator Maddy Wilde left the band to focus on other projects.
Daniel spent the next year immersing himself in Detroit's dance music and DJ culture, which eventually began to influence his own recordings. Although the tracks were rough & homemade, a collection of new material found its way back to Arbutus Records in Montreal, who offered to release it. "Hamtramck '16", named for the Detroit-area neighborhood, was released in the summer of 2017, documenting Moon King's shift towards disco and dance music.
Chloé Soldevila and her musicians have built a psychedelic pop world
with twangy guitar riffs and haunting synth lines. A bed of flowers on which the singer’s catchy vocals lay. Anemone is an ode to love.
Coming from a family of artists, Montreal native yet, raisedbetween Barcelona and Montreal and growing up in the arts has led Chloé to be in musical training from a very young age, graduating from high school with special mentions in classical piano and flute. After pursuing jazz piano studies in Cegep, she left musical training to pursue her own specific goals within different styles of music and, study Photography and Film in Concordia University.
It’s the photography that brings her inspirations at first. As she was playing in her first rock’n’roll band, Chloé had the chance to meet several successful bands such as the Allah-Las, La Femme and Broncho, who were attracted to her photography talent and general unique presence, which led her to travel with bands, mostly in the United States (California) and France, to photograph them. These travels had ignited for Chloé a desire to write and compose her own music. Spending hours with musicians was the inspiration she needed to create her heartfelt music: with strong classical and counter melody composition, with words on youth about her life during those years, directly inspired by the observations she would make on herself and on the life of the many young artists she met along the way.
When Chloé established in Montreal, she had one goal in mind: making her own music. Historically, great music encounters were made in bars, and this is precisely where she met the musicians for Anemone. She knew that the drummer Miles Dupire-Gagnon (Elephant Stone, The Brooks, Samito) and the guitarist Gabriel Lambert (Elephant Stone, Besnard Lakes, Leif Vollbekk) would understand her sound and help bring it to the next level. Since September 2015, she has been working with them and others on a 10 tracks recording. Miles introduced Chloé to a talented bassist, Grégoire Carrier Bonneau (Daby Touré, Kalmunity Vibe Collective, Labess). Then, Zach Irving, guitarist and back vocals, joined the group. With Chloé singing and playing keyboards, the band was completed.
When you hear Anemone, you can feel a classical influence, California’s psychedelic
music and a modern touch of pop music. The band has already done a couple of shows, and it has been said that it has a unique and interesting sound.
Love for everyone. Anemone loves you.