Moon King, Ablebody
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
This event is 21 and over
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Dent May - self-described hotel bar lounge singer and aspiring daytime TV talk show host - has been charming his way into the hearts of music fans since the release of his debut album The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label in 2009. The Mississippi-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter, performer, and Dolly Parton enthusiast then released two more acclaimed records, Do Things (2012) and Warm Blanket (2013), dropped the holiday smash “I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas”, and played hundreds of shows from Shanghai to Chicago. His latest album and first for Carpark Records, 2017's Across the Multiverse, is an interstellar voyage of mythic proportions.
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.
Ablebody is an LA-based duo comprised of identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim (members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + The Depreciation Guild). They’ve been quietly releasing music under this moniker since 2013, self-releasing an EP and 7″ single, crafting remixes and demoing original material as well as a myriad of covers.
Drawing from the raw grandeur of the 60’s, the melodicism of soft 70s pop and the sophisticated side of romantic 80s synth pop, Ablebody stand suspended between decades; students of the past but far from retro fetishists. Their musical prowess is evident but the songwriting remains tastefully direct at all times, with arrangements that bend and move in surprising ways but tastefully blanket the overarching sentiment of the songs in a way that we rarely hear in this decade.
The duo have recently taken their sound from the bedroom to the studio, working with producer/engineer Kenny Gilmore (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti) to craft songs with a more visceral edge than they’ve explored in the past. Daniel Rosenbaum (Pomar) and Jordan Sabolick (Mt. Ossa) have joined the duo to help bring the songs to life and add new dimension to the live dynamic.
Their debut full length record ‘Adult Contemporaries’ will be released by Lolipop Records on October 14.