Author’s Note: I first came upon Moonalice via a shared link on Facebook. I remember the first broadcast I tuned into and wondered how I had not heard of this band before. I remember the first time I heard John Molo kick the band into overdrive in the middle of what was already a blistering improvisational jam. I came back the next night and the next and I have been on the couch tour ever since. Its every fan’s dream to be front row center every time their band performs and Moonalice generously provides that opportunity via their 5 camera HD Broadcast of every show they play.
Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians whose music engenders a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs encompass a variety of genres from which extended musical improvisations spring forth, evoking a sense of adventure and exploration best enjoyed with dancing shoes on your feet. On the couch or on the dance floor, Moonalice always leaves you happy you were there.
“We invented Twittercast concerts, which are free broadcasts to fans over social networks. Our single, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. We broadcast every show live via satellite in HTML 5, so you can enjoy them on your iPhone, iPad or Android without an app.” -Moonalice
Dave Way is a 3 time Grammy Award winner who has co-produced, engineered, mixed and mastered a series of EP CD releases for Moonalice. The Dave Way CDs each contain five first rate Moonalice recordings.
Volume 1 includes the online hit, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere“. Roger McNamee’s uptempo “American Dream Rag” describes some of the nightmare effects of the recent economic collapse while subtly reminding us that cannabis will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no cannabis.
Volume 2 gives us a stellar version of “Stella Blue“(Hunter/Garcia). Barry Sless’ haunting pedal steel weaves effortlessly throughout Pete Sears emotional vocal. Barry’s solo at the end begins as a whisper slowly driving the band into a magnificent thundering storm of sound. “Who Can Say” is Jeanette Sears admonishment of the powers destroying our home wrapped beautifully in soulful music by Pete Sears. “Foxtrot Uniform” details a clever Dear John message.
Volume 3 contains “Joker’s Lie“, Pete Sears brilliant response to a nightmare described by his close friend. The lyric can be viewed at Joker’s Lie . “Mr. Spaceman“(Roger McGuinn – Byrds) features an exceptional Jam during the last 3 minutes of the track.
In Volume 4 we are treated to Pete Sears’ beautiful ode to his wife Jeannette, “You and me“. “Silver Lining” from Roger McNamee is reminiscent of a Ricky Nelson top 10 hit. “Harry Ware” sounds like he was quite a man, as Pete Sears describes him in this biographical song.
Volume 5: “Nobody Knows” is another clever tongue in cheek tune from Roger McNamee; “Everyone has an opinion but nobody knows”. Ann McNamee’s crowd favorite, “Real Deal” lives up to its title.
Volume 6: “Live to Love” from Pete Sears delivers its positive message in a thoroughly enjoyable uptempo arrangement. “Lost at Sea” does not lose its way. “Fair To Even Odds“, words by Robert Hunter Music by Pete Sears, is another example of how a Robert Hunter lyric informs exceptional music.
Volume 7: Pete Sears documents the plight of the Alaskan Eskimo, the land and the wildlife of our “Last Frontier“. “Happy Endings” reflects on that moment when you know your heart became one with another. “Coconut Wireless” showcases virtuoso Barry Sless’ composition and guitar skills.
Volume 8: “Rome Burns” is Roger McNamee’s compelling call to arms to save our planet. Pete Sears delivers Dylan’s “Man in Me“. “Diana’s Up And Dancing” from Ann McNamee will be dancing in your mind long after it ends.
Moonalice is currently touring west coast venues through April. Their live jamming is reminiscent of the Grateful Dead where the music is magic, energy is king and dance is the tapestry on which the music is written. Catch any of their shows online via moonalice.com and you will come back again and again!
The EPs are all available on the Moonalice website as well as iTunes.
Website: http://www.moonalice.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moonalice Twitter: https://twitter.com/moonalice Moonalice is: * John Molo: Drums, Vocals. (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, David Nelson Band). * Barry Sless: Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass. (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz). * Roger McNamee: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bass. (Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers) * Pete Sears: Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals (Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia, Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker, David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh & Friends). * Big Steve Parish: Road Scholar/Medicine Man/Storyteller. (Grateful Dead crew for 26 years, co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band) In the past, Moonalice also included G.E. Smith, Jack Casady, Jim Sanchez and Ann McNamee.