Ethno-blues-rock – three words would be an incomplete attempt to sum up the debut album from Moonshine Booze. Called ‘Desert Road’, this album drops today via Seahorse Recordings, the label who also brought us Clustersun, Neil, Someday, Claudio Conti and Blessed Child Orchestra.
We first became aware of this band through the lead track from this debut offering – ‘The Place’, like much of the album itself, combines grit blues rock with alternative country. While there are psychedelic with juxtaposing country and blues music elements to be found on this album, it is firmly rooted in alternative rock and ethno-punk.
Having been active on the music scene for over twenty years in various bands, both in Italy and The USA, the trio has gathered and relaborated experiences from different musical genres, putting them to good use in their new project. Comprised of Andrea Manila (vocals), Emiliano Zapata (guitar) and Fabio Manchos (drums). In 2014, Moonshine Booze officially formed in their hometown of Teramo, Italy.
The band originally intended to focus on covers of country-rock classics from amongst the works of Johnny Cash to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and J.B. Leinor, which were to be completely rearranged while still preserving the rude and crude grooves of their roots.
After honing their sound by playing many small venues (the band prefers such intimate venues), Moonshine Booze realized that they had developed their own unique sound – a sort of cynical mix of western-funk-tex-mex-rock in a bluesy tone sauce and with bizarre touches, setting them apart from the standard fare in the ‘rock’ realm.
photo credit Lama Donna
The band finally isolated themselves in the studio for over three months to write, record and complete their debut album ‘Desert Road’. Strongly influenced by the likes of The Who, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, The Kinks and ZZ Top, they managed to create 14 unique tracks for their debut release, integrating what the band had collectively gained from their previous musical experience. In the recording process, they did not follow any formal rules or standard, but simply adhered to the motto “if it sounds good … it’s good!”.
Fave tracks on this album include The Place, No Mas, World of Pain, Dusk, Death Melody, and Lemon Box. This band is recommended for anybody into Terrorvision, Fat White Family, Urban Voodoo Machine, Ian Dury, Gogol Bordello, or Black Eyed Snakes.
‘Desert Road’ is now available across digital stores and streaming platforms, as well as on Seahorse Recordings’ own Bandcamp.
2 Desert Road
5 The Place
6 World of Pain
8 Smooth Out
9 No Mas
10 What Goes Around
11 Lemon Box
12 Death Melody
13 Henry Mancini