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Moon Hooch has released a new surprise EP, The Joshua Tree (free download here). The collection is being offered as a free download to thank fans for what was the band’s most successful year yet. It was recorded at the tail end of a 2016 world tour during which the band performed sold out shows throughout Europe and the United States in support of their June 2016 full-length album release, Red Sky. The EP features eight tracks that were written and recorded live in the studio, including hard-driving, dance party rave-ups like “Jiggle” and “Sandstorm,” that have come to define Moon Hooch’s sound, as well as their most introspective piece yet, “Ballads” and the full-on auditory freak out, “Improv.”

“We rented a house and set up a little studio in the Mojave desert just outside of Joshua Tree National Park,” explains Wenzl McGowen. “We got together in the same room with our instruments and said, ‘Let’s just hit it’ and started playing whatever came to our minds. Somehow this process created eight songs. Don’t ask us where they came from, but we certainly enjoyed bringing them to this planet.”

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“Joshua Tree National Park was an incredibly inspiring atmosphere which helped to open up our minds and ears. Every day we would hike the dead sandstone mountains and take in the dry desert air, allowing for a new type of musical expression we’ve never experienced before,” continues Mike Wilbur. “After a few days of struggling to compose things individually we decided to get together and create spontaneously. Images of desert animals and Joshua Trees flashed before my eyes while new sounds emerged from our instruments.”

Moon Hooch performs a string of dates at the end of December, including a one off in the Caribbean and a New Year’s Eve show in Portland, Maine. They’ll get back on the road in February with a ten show run through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast before jumping to the West Coast for a run of dates highlighted by a set at The Fillmore in San Francisco. They’ll then return to the East Coast for more shows in the southern U.S. in March.

Tour Dates

December 27Gustavia, Saint Barth’s – Port de Gustavia
December 29Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
December 30Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall (sup. Turkuaz)
December 31Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
February 1Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
February 2Morgantown, WV – Main Stage
February 3Columbus, OH – Winter Werk Out
February 4Ferndale, MI – Otus Supply
February 8Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works
February 9Saranac Lake, NY – Waterhole
February 10Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
February 11Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Clubroom
February 12 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom @ Outer Space
February 18Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
February 22Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium
February 23Chico, CA – Lost On Main
February 24San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
February 25Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
February 28Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson
March 1Charleston, SC – Pour House
March 2Tampa, FL – Crowbar
March 3Gainesville, FL – Changeville Festival
March 4Tallahassee, FL – The SideBar Theatre
June 2Oslo, NO – Nattjazz Festival
September 22Thornville, OH – Resonanace Music & Arts Festival

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