The Moons are signed to Eddie Pillar’s Acid Jazz label and have recently released their debut album “Life on Earth”. They’re now on a lengthy tour that will see then supporting Ocean Colour Scene at the Royal Albert Hall. They’re fronted by Andy Crofts (who plays keyboards for Paul Weller) but here he plays guitar and sings. The rest of the line up comprises drums, bass, electric organ/vocals and rhythm guitar/vocals.

They recorded their debut album at Paul Weller’s studio and he plays keyboards on one song on the album called “Wondering”. The Moons are all about traditional English songwriting in the style of The Kinks, The Small Faces, XTC and Squeeze. They sing about love and loss and have that great knack of crafting brand new pop songs that sound familiar so that you can immediately get into the vibe. There’s also an undeniable Mod sensibility to what they do, particularly in their look.

It’s a great gig, with the audience already familiar with the album and singing along with the band. The band harmonies are pretty tight and again lend to that Sixties feel, with the electric organ and twangy guitars the perfect compliment to the overall effect of the songs.

So, they’re a band who can play, they look great and have crafted an album that defines their own identity but feels like an old familiar classic album. Great stuff.