By Josh Krol
Moon Hooch is what happens when three New York contemporary jazz students team up to create a whole new sound; a raw, rough, and catchy sound. A sound the band defines as something called “cave music”: like house music, but more primitive and jagged. You won’t find any DJ’s or manufactured beats with this trio; instead Moon Hooch takes a more natural approach to their music.
The group is armed with two roaring saxophonists (Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen) and a ferocious drummer (James Muschler). The band started out as any other struggling musicians would, by playing in subways around the city. However, due to their strange instrumentation and explosive live show, Moon Hooch has been known to incite “subway raves” and has since been banned from playing on some of those platforms.
Moon Hooch continues to breathe new life into an increasingly commercial electronic scene by producing synthetic sounds with acoustic musical machines. Moon Hooch creates hope that anything synthetic can be replaced with something organic.
While the group has been together since 2010, they recorded and released their debut record, “The Moon Hooch Album,” just last year. Now with an album out and an underground following behind them, expect Moon Hooch to land among others on star-studded festival lineups and what we hope will be an extensive tour to follow.