The Sunny-Side of Moon Duo
Get to know this pysch-synth power duo!
The best kept secret in our music line up, Moon Duo are landing in Perth as part of their Australian 2020 Tour with their show The Lightship and introducing their incredible new album Stars Are The Light.
Since 2009 the duo consisting of Ripley Johnson (of Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada have experimented with an array of instrumental, psychedelic and synth-electro sounds, sharing vocals between them across their seven studio albums and several EPs.
Moon Duo do not allow themselves to be defined by a specific genre – drawing influence not only from new-wave psychedelia of the 70s and 80s but from weather cycles and natural elements.
Prepare for an exploration into disco too... intrigued yet?
Who are they?
Erik ‘Ripley’ Johnson
Considered a pioneer of 21st Century psychedelic rock by many, has played in many different projects over the years, the most prominent two being Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo. Ripley has started multiple projects, carving a path in the world of exploring the realms of experimental sound since the 90s, one project often referenced as consisting of “non-musicians” in San Francisco in 2006. His idea was to create a primitive psychedelic sound with players who weren’t inclined to be constrained by traditional training and chord progressions.
She’s a dynamic keyboard player/vocalist who’s playing ranges from the psychedelic cross-genre exploration of Moon Duo to the ethereal layered synth of her solo project Vive la Void. Having created music much of her life, it only made sense to continue with the experimental exploration that came with the creation of Moon Duo with Ripley (her husband) in 2009 when the two wanted to perform without the additional members of a full band.
Image: Benny van der Plank
What to expect from the show
Have we mentioned their live show features immersive scenography and light design from Manchester-based artistic maverick, Emmanual Biard?
One of the great minds on the world-wide visual arts and lighting scene, expect to see Moon Duo's stage set up influenced by his unique designs, such as that of below ("The Testudo", designed and built for The Warehouse Project).
Who are they influenced by?
The Velvet Underground, Suicide, The Stooges
You'll love them if you like ...
Wooden Shjips (Ripley Johnson), Psychic Ills, Follakzoid, The Warlocks, Thee Oh Sees, POND, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Vive la Void
Moon Duo land their rocket ship in Perth on 15 Feb, BOOK NOW