Moonface (Spence Krug of Wolf Parade / Sunset Rubdown)

Moonface (Spence Krug of Wolf Parade / Sunset Rubdown)

Moonface is singer, songwriter, keyboardist, Spencer Krug, known previously by his former bands Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes and Swan Lake.

The name originated in 2009 with the Sunset Rubdown limited 7-inch "Introducing Moonface." It was a mere two songs that Krug wrote and recorded alone in his Montreal home, which was never intended to make any big waves, but which resurrected in Krug a love for home-recording, and planted the idea that he would use the name "Moonface" for all future solo work. The following two albums were made in the same way, written and recorded alone, in Montreal, when he wasn't busy with other projects. They were "Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums," released in 2010, and "Organ Music, Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped," released in 2011, both on Jagjaguwar.

By spring of 2011, both Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade had wound down their activities to nil, allowing Krug to focus strictly on Moonface. Having had his fill of working alone, he started collaborating again with other musicians, reserving his freedom to use Moonface as a vehicle for anything he wrote or performed, solo or otherwise. Moonface went live, and "Organ Music" was toured throughout North America in 2011, with the help of Krug's friend Michael Bigelow.

In April of 2012, Jagjaguwar will release the third major Moonface effort, entitled "With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery." It was recorded in Finland, fall of 2011, after Krug had the idea to enlist the skills of some Scandinavian friends, who make up the Helsinki-based rock band, Siinai. They are as follows: Matti Ahopelto, Markus Joensuu, Risto Joensuu, and Saku Kamarainen. The album is a sort of "return to rock" for Krug; a new kind of experiment wherein he abandoned the stripped down instrumentation used on the two previous albums (marimbas, drum machines, and an electric organ, respective to the album titles themselves), and embraced the heavy, droning, prog-rock sound of Siinai, the five of them working together to turn the band's instrumental jams into foundations for his vocals. The beginning stages of the album happened over the internet, with Krug still in Montreal. Then, upon his arrival in Helsinki, fine tuning of the songs began, to be realized completely at Petrax Studios, a recording facility disguised as a farm about an hour north of the city. It was produced, engineered, and mixed (in Berlin) by Jonas Verwijnen and Antti Joas, of Kaiku Studios. Moonface and Siinai will be touring "Heartbreaking Bravery" throughout the U.S. and the E.U. in 2012.

Moonface is now Krug's main focus and primary creative outlet. He is currently working on the next album with the above mentioned Michael Bigelow. The album is, as of yet, a pop-percussion experiment, the title and release date of which are both yet to be determined.

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Sunday, September 16 · Doors 7:00 PM at Club Congress

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