Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Moonlight

When Flying Nun restarted I hoped it would release bands like The Moonlight. Bands with songs that have The Verlaines' intense poise (Into The Water), The Chills' extraordinary drama (Last Goodbye) and the Straitjacket Fits' fire and brimstone (Sunset Inside).

There are great New Zealand labels like Fishrider and Melted Ice Cream who are putting out essential new bands. They do a lot, but they can only do so much. So wouldn't it be nice if The Moonlight were on Flying Nun and if Flying Nun spent more time releasing new New Zealand bands than reissuing their back catalogue?

I'm not suggesting The Moonlight are only influenced by older Flying Nun bands. There's been 25 years between this Moonlight album and those FN bands. They've filtered those sounds in different ways just like any number of bands on hip new labels such as Trouble In Mind and Captured Tracks.

Flying Nun is a great brand (it's one of the greatest ever labels, for christ's sake) - putting out this album would mean more people heard The Moonlight. It probably wouldn't pay off FN's debts, but it'd be a great way to start securing a new legacy.

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