[13 Aug 2000]
"A band & debut album that demonstrates
all that's wrong with the music industry - Anyone hearing this album should
be immediately hooked & there's a lot to explore style-wise here, with
some floaty electronic things & some more down to earth pop rock happening
- hEARD Magazine (on JUNE AND NOVAS)
"Since their origin in the mid-nineties, Sweden's
Moonbabies have evolved from MBV-inspired shoegazing to a gorgeous, melancholy
pop sound more akin to Belle and Sebastian or The Cardigans. A 24-song
cassette compiled from demos released 1996-1999, Climbing Up These Miles
is an excellent introduction to a magical band. Evidently out to conquer
the pop world through underground saturation, Moonbabies have in four
years released or appeared on nearly two dozen indie CDs and cassettes,
so if you dig this -- and I bet you will -- there's plenty more to be
had (at this writing, a new CD-LP, June and Novas, was out on Seattle-based
Duckweed Records)" - Demouniverse (on Climbing up these Miles)
The full reviews
can be found here
Wieslander will perform at the emmaboda-festival this Friday (11/08).
Moonbabies' Ola Frick is joining him on stage on bass, vocals and casiotone.
The gig takes place in the ettnollett-tent around 11 a.m. Måns Wieslander
released the critically aclaimed debut-album "Twin Piloda" in
June 2000 and we highly recommend everyone to check it out.
Great reviews of "June
"I can count on the fingers of one
hand the number of albums I have played in the last five years which are
as good as this. Sitting late at night on a dark summer night trying to
fathom out where things went wrong and where they went right, this is
what you need to be listening to."
"The Moonbabies are surely one of the
most talented bands in the European underground scene, with strengths
that go far beyond those of my long-time favorite Swedes the Acid House
Kings. The two Moonbabies, Carina Johansson and Ola Frick, share musical
characteristics with the popular Cardigans, their hearts embedded in both
wistful pop and heavy rock, but also in stripped-down guitar bands like
the DBs and Cat's Miaow..." - Splendid
Read the entire reviews here
First reviews of "June
"To our benefit Moonbabies fill the empty spots with their own
inventiveness and a sense for infectious pop melodies worth killing for.
There is nothing in the wrong spot here, everything is planned but still
the outcome doesn't lack in intensity and creativity."
- Broken Face Magazine
Håkan Engström (sydsvenskan) wrote: "Moonbabies shows
the same openminded and post-modern relationship to a pop-tradition you
love sufficient enough to dare turn inside out."
Arbetet wrote:"I'm insane but so are you", a divinely gifted pop-tune
which makes the sky look bluer, the summer feel warmer and your life in
general much easier." Read the entire reviews
[20 July 2000]
Twin piloda website and gig
website Moonbabies 3rd (unofficial) member, and live bass-player Måns
Wieslander has a new good-looking website up now. Apart from releasing
an absolutely adorable debut album "Twin Piloda" (Payola Records), and
recently becoming a father, måns has also been booked to apear at this
year's Emmaboda Festival. Joing him on stage for this gig (with occasional
Bass and Organ) is Ola Frick. Måns and Ola will soon go into the studio
and record songs for the follow-up to "Twin Piloda"
Visit the Måns Wieslander website
brand new CD sampler called "a scentific sound sequence" [special mp3.com
audio disc] is now available at mp3.com. The tracks are as follows: "Umbrella
meets the sky", "I'm Insane but so are you", "Have you ever said goodbye?",
"Sister Gold", "Epileptic", "City Walk - 1# version", "Batmobile", "Happy
When Smile" & "Climbing up these miles".
moonbabies has also just recently been featured on a free mp3.com cd-sampler.
2 million cd's were made.
Moonbabies are coverstars
new issue of the great american underground zine AUTOreverse is out soon.
moonbabies recorded four songs live in the studio for this very special
autoreverse session. Recorded on the 12th of may. Guest musicians includes
Marcus Weitner on Guitar, Mans Wieslander on bass and Conny Städe on drums
The track order goes: 1. "Over My Head" 2. "Have you ever said goodbye?"
3. "Blue" 4. "We're Layabouts".
Listen to the AUTOreverse session
20 June 2000
The "JUNE AND NOVAS" CD has finally been released!
album is the official debut release from Moonbabies. It contains 14 songs
(and a couple of short hidden tracks as well) which clocks in at about
52 minutes. It has been professionally printed in 800 copies with amazing
artwork contained in a full-color 16-page CD-booklet! Released and distributed
by Duckweed Records in the US.
What about the music then? "Have you ever said Goodbye?" from their critically
acclaimed debut 7 inch single "Air>>>moon>>>stereo e.p.", which also is
included on the album, pretty much showed which way their music was heading,
but on this album, diversity is speaking it's own language.
The recording sessions started in January this year (2000) with (as usual)
Carina and Ola doing the vocals and the rest of the instrumentation, except
for a couple of the tracks in which they were helped out by their "live
gig" members Conny Städe (on drums) and Måns Wieslander (on bass). They
re-recorded and rearranged a couple of older songs, but five of the tracks,
among them "I'm Insane but so are you" and "Winter Broken Time" were left
as the original "demo" versions. And yes, There are some completely new
and smashing tracks as well! "We're Layabouts", "Count Stars >>Be patient",
"Because you can't explain", "Sister Gold" and "Kissing Underwater", all
show the band's strongest achievement yet. Put them together with the
re-mastered collection of almost unheard pop-classics, and you'll find
"JUNE AND NOVAS" their most exiting release up to date.
Order the album
New compilation features
spring moonbabies has contributed songs for several compilations.
The Duckweed Records' compilation Duckweed Sampler 2000 included "Epileptic",
the breakbeat instrumental "Batmobile" and an early version of "City Walk".
the same time
Duckweed also released another great compilation, the 3rd of their Global
Lo-Fi Underground series, which also included 3 tracks from the 'babies,
namely "My Buddy Buddy", "Blue" and "Fall".
Other bands found on these comps are Grenade, Bill Foreman, Moloch, Lord
Litter and Ray Carmen, to name a few. more info on these compilations
can be found here: www.duckweedrecords.com
The Italian Best Kept Secret label, included an roughmixed version of
"Sister Gold" on their Beware of the Ricochet vol.1 compilation. http://indiepages.com/bestkeptsecret
put out a wedding compilation called Epithalamia, which contained a new
and unreleased moonbabies track called "Princes and Princesses". www.clairecords.com
Closing up the Spring compilations corner with the italian dreampop magazine
LosingToday who put "I'm Insane but so are you" on their Painted Dreams
II compilation, which was given away along with the actual paper magazine.
>> Archieved News 2000