Las Vegas, NV — (ReleaseWire) — 03/31/2014 —
As purveyors of psychedelic soul, Afternoon Moon out of Ottawa, IL, have learned to hone their unique blend of jam, rock and soul into music that captivates listeners and wows live audiences. Following up their 2011 self-titled recording debut, Afternoon Moon have released their latest effort, Dance in the Rain.
Afternoon Moon is comprised of twin brothers Josh Daniels (guitar, vocals) and Jordan Daniels (keys, vocals), Justin Crabb (percussion) and Louis Giacobbe (bass). The Daniels brothers grew up surrounded by great music, and they began playing together at a young age before hitting the Illinois scene in 2004. In 2009, they started their own project with Crabb, and in 2011, Giacobbe joined to round out the quartet.
Afternoon Moon’s sound often fits in with that of a jam band, though without long solos that can be drawn out and spacey over time. They strive for a sound that is a touch above the music they hear and are compared to and work in unique takes on rhythm and melody to earn their fans’ adoration.
They are most often compared to My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Pink Floyd and Tea Leaf Green. They draw musical inspiration from Pink Floyd and Wilco as well as The Beatles, Miles Davis, Radiohead, Warren Haynes and everything Motown, along with influences from their family and friends.
As for songwriting, Afternoon Moon names love and life experiences as two chief inspirations, but unsurprisingly they also draw inspiration from light, the sun and the moon phases, which are engraved in the very name of their band. They also enjoy relating nature to everyday life in their music and exploring these earthly influences through both lyric and song.
These influences can be heard in their 2011 debut, Afternoon Moon, which was a major step forward for the foursome as they pooled their talents and channeled their deepest musical desires to create an energetic sound and an equally kinetic live performance to go along with it. They’ve successfully taken the album on the road all over the country, and they also used their tours to test out the songs that would eventually make up their second and upcoming recording, Dance in the Rain.
Dance in the Rain sees Afternoon Moon at a still more mature and refined stage in their musical careers, having grown comfortable enough with each other and their sound that they can delve deeper into the roots of music and come up with innovative hooks and thought-provoking lines that will attract still more listeners to their loyal coterie of fans. The album is set to be released in March 2014.
Thebarnpresents.com Ace Bar- Chicago, IL review – 6/15/12
Having completed a wildly successful Summer Camp performance just a few weeks prior, Afternoon Moon knew a thing or two about throwing a party. Opening with a rousing jam-infused cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” the familiar bass riff hit after the first verse and you simply knew the fellas brought their “A” game.
Truthfully, it is challenging not to get sucked into what is going down on stage when these guys play. The entire band was so kinetic — with exaggerated, herky-jerky movements complementing their sound.
Jordan Daniels (vocals/piano/organ/moog) behind his ivory keyed tower doesn’t seem to actually see what he’s playing, yet hits each note with impeccable timing and panache. He stands thrashing his head back and forth as his body reels to and fro, while across the stage his twin brother Josh Daniels (vocals/guitar) shreds in a Hendrix induced haze. – Dave Wekstein
Jambands.com Cabin Fever Music Festival review – 2/29/12
“Hailing from the midsection of the Land of Lincoln, Afternoon Moon’s jams will take you into lunar orbit. Twins Josh and Jordan Daniels were literally born to play together, manning guitar and keys respectively. Recent addition Louie Giacobbe provides the solid presence on bass that this progressive jam outfit has been looking for. Joining Afternoon Moon on saxophone, Bridget Bourke provided an extra dose of funk with her potent lungs as the band covered Edgar Winter’s Frankenstein.” – Scott Pike
Gaianeye.com Debut Album review – 1/25/12
(Segment, full review at gaianeye.com)
“Growing up in central Illinois I’ve run across a lot of bands that call the space between Chicago and St. Louis home. Afternoon Moon is one of those bands. They are a 4-piece band out of Ottawa, IL made up of Josh on guitar, Jordan on keys and synth, Justin on drums, and recently added Louie on bass. They have played nearly 80 shows throughout the state in the last 12 months, along with making their first trek westward to Colorado in September of 2011. With their debut album out on CDBaby for $5, and hundreds of requests for them on the Summer Camp Facebook page. 2012 looks to be an exciting year for the band.
‘Haystack’ kicks the album off with an immediately danceable groove that displays the bands ability to not only jump straight into the jams, but also their skill in transitioning sounds throughout a piece. The track lyrically challenges the listener to “Meet me on the dance floor” which is the perfect place to be for a song of this magnitude. When it comes to jam bands, a term which I use loosely, it often becomes a problem to produce a record, because right off the bat you have to decide where the jam gets highlighted and where it becomes too much. Afternoon Moon faces this challenge head on a respectfully showcases their skill, while not running away with the song.” – Jay Miller
Herald & Review Interview with Jordan – 12/15/12
DECATUR — After eight years of performing around the Illinois jam band scene, twin brothers, Josh and Jordan Daniels, have learned a few things.
First, they have seen for themselves the passion and zeal of the audiences for live music, which has driven the successful evolution of large-scale festivals such as Chillicothe’s annual Summer Camp. Second, true “jam” music wasn’t quite what they wanted for themselves. And so they formed their own band, Afternoon Moon, to seek the perfect sound that had thus far eluded them.
“We created this thing, this sort of organic, psychedelic soul, primarily of all original songs,” said keyboardist Jordan Daniels, who will perform in Decatur tonight as Afternoon Moon stops in at Donnie’s Homespun Pizza. “We envisioned it to be a psychedelic band really focused on live performance and doing things organically. There are a lot of groups using computers today, for instance, to make beats for this kind of music, but that’s not our style. We want to stay true to the music’s roots.”
Since its formation in 2009, Afternoon Moon has branched out to East and West Coast tours, garnering varied comparisons to bands such as Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead and My Morning Jacket. They’ve attempted to walk the tightrope of performing at jam-type festivals while simultaneously avoiding the label and perception as musicians prone to aimless, 10-minute guitar solos.
“People say that we have a unique sound, but I can’t really measure that because it’s just the music that I’ve been making with my brother since we were kids,” Daniels said. “It can be difficult to have people approach you with an open mind, though. A lot of people look at the band name, or a few photos because this is an Internet world, and get an idea of what you’re going to sound like before they even hear you.
“But it’s when you hear us that you’re really going to connect with us. A lot of people tell me that they feel drawn in and really close to the members of the band at our shows.”
Like so many others, though, sticking to the jam-centric festival schedule is a thing of necessity. There is no discounting the value of big festivals for bands that are looking to build upon a burgeoning audience, and in their live shows, the boys of Afternoon Moon do attempt to go all out. In their studio recordings, however, they see an opportunity to differentiate themselves from the pack. The group is currently following up its 2011 debut with another album that has been methodically recorded, with even more structure and less improvisation than the past.
“We don’t overdo it on the recorded album and avoid the noodling around stuff,” Daniels said. “We’re road-testing material now and approaching this second recording more slowly and deliberately. We’re working on getting the perfect person to master it. I think we’ve learned that you can’t rush your art or apologize for it, and overall, we’re all really expecting to make a better record than our first one.”
This attitude may sound on the serious side, but when it comes to the songs, Daniels describes their writing as “truthful but goofy.” The music of Afternoon Moon approaches subjects such as “friendship, adventure and the search for wisdom” from a wry, good-natured perspective, with the Daniels twins leading the way and emitting what Jordan referred to as “a family vibe.”
“We just sing about life and we don’t claim to know too much,” he said. “How it affects an audience is really up to them, I think. At this point in our careers, I think we’re still making music largely for us, and discovering more about ourselves. I think the music we make is a genuinely fun time.”