Sugar Magazine June 2009
“the album sounds big and clear.”
April 23rd, 2009
five members of Moonspank may be no older than 30,
but they have nearly a decade of experience in the music biz
the band—which includes Packes, Monith from Valhalla,
Dave Kiere from Ireland, Darren Lipper from Manhattan, and
Howard from Queens — is back and hoping to get into
some time this spring
-Westchester Nightlife Magazine - March '08
the article on www.westchestermagazine.com
"Taking on a crazy workload, Dave and the other members
Moonspank are somehow balancing their everyday jobs while
creating what may be something big."
Florida Insider Interview with Dave Keire
"The sound quality can easily compete
with any professional studio."
"These guys can really play--it's
a pleasure to listen to their
strong musicianship, diverse influences, and fine tunes."
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got to admit, I've seen few bands with a stronger commitment
to the DIY ethic. In the album notes, they brag that they
spent $0 and 0 time in a 'real' studio, and gleefully point
out that "microphones costing over $90 were not used
at any time." Still, they managed to get excellent sound
with the equipment and environment they chose."
the sounds range from dream-pop balladry to balls-out rock
and roll, with more than a casual nod to some jam band Americana
influences. [They have] a tendency to go ahead and play anything
they can play well, and they play a wide range of things well."
Reviewed by Shaun Dale of the Cosmik Debris Webzine
Cosmik Debris Webzine
"Sparse yet confident instrumentation executed masterfully.
Smooth rhythm ends abruptly against sharp rock riffs then
drift into outer space. You'll hear
so many influences colliding that it soon becomes obvious
isn't trying to sound like anyone but themselves. Just the
right blend of art
and pop, they spank the groove as well. Wrap up dinner with
early and come check out this fantastic band."
Clings to a Strong Do-It-Yourself Ethic
a rock band, cutting an album conventionally meant an expense
of thousands of dollars and beyond.
These days, the situation has changed.
Moonspank, a band out of White Plains, NY clings to a strong
do-it-yourself ethic, and has been successfully able to
produce its first CD, entitled Just Another Day, for a nominal
amount. The band has demonstrated to its peers the reality
of producing and recording a CD in the comfort of the home,
and to the ďrealĒ studios that home recording is now a threat
to be reckoned."
Moonspank, the do-it-yourself mentality extends to nearly
every aspect of creating an album. Besides composing and
performing, the band also recorded, engineered, produced
and mixed the music, all on a home computer. The band also
created the albumís artwork and graphic layout, which consists
of photos taken by the band members. Of course, the band
had to work with an outside company that actually pressed
and packaged the CDís."
bandís do-it-yourself ethic extends to their website, www.moonspank.com,
which was designed by drummer Monith. Monith notes that
being a do-it-yourself band has forced him to develop numerous
skills other than playing his instruments. Such skills include
sound engineering, web and graphic design, and managing
business transactions. The last point is exemplified in
selling the CDís, and getting gigs.
Moonspank, acting as its own booking agent, has scored
a gig at the famed Block Island Music Festival, and has
successfully managed to book a Summer Tour of the Midwest
benefits of the do-it-yourself ethic are twofold. First,
it allows Moonspank to save money, and second, band members
develop various skills that will ultimately help them in
various aspects of life outside of the band. Catch Moonspank
on stage at Utica College this Friday!"