Moontower is a band as unusual as its grooves are infectious. On May 9, the indie-electronic trio dropped a 7-track album accompanied by a 3-episode video series titled Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood that can only be described as a hallucinogenic spaghetti western.
The opening episode of the series is set over the band’s punchy, driving track, “William.” Framed by the verse’s hypnotic synthesizer and earnest vocal lead, we are introduced to the shirtless, cowboy hat-wearing, pickaxe-wielding title character as he overlooks a suburban California streetscape. While surveying his kingdom, William spots danger – a legion of brightly colored ninjas are closing in on a lone roller-girl in the street below. As the opening track’s coarse, chunky bass churns to a groove you can’t help but move your hips to, the protagonist springs into action, and he and the girl fight off the invaders in a Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World-esque battle sequence.
The remaining two episodes of the three-part series continue to develop a story of love, loss, and recovery in a psychedelic suburbia, and supporting each video element of Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood is a unique, virulently danceable track.
Whether it’s the sinister, brooding “Leaving You Behind” featured in Episode 2 or Episode 3’s glistening, defiant anthem “Long Hair,” William’s saga is perfectly framed by an artfully crafted wall of sound.
Though the trio is a relatively new presence in the indie-electronic scene, The Ballad marks Moontower’s first album release on top of a series of single releases in 2018 – the band has already shared the stage with acts like Bad Suns, Cold War Kids, and YUNGBLUD. This summer, the band will play a series of dates with the Technicolors before closing out their tour with performances at Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK.
Check out Season 1: The Ballad of William Hollywood here and keep an eye on Moontower as they continue to grow.