Background/Composition: Moonwood are a kitchen sink krautrock band from Toronto. More importantly, their name starts with the letter "M," which qualified them to play M for Montreal and Wavelenth's CMW showcase.
Kewl Effects: B
In a less scattered or at least more self-contained format, Jakob Rehlinger's hydra-head guitar would have shone.
Rather than stick with the propulsion of their latest release, the band opted for two twenty-minute stretches in a set at least partially inspired by Toronto's mayoral race (the second half was jokingly titled "Rob Ford Not For Mayor").
This was certainly the venue to try new things. But there was no easy entry point for the wandering, non-committal experimentation was easy to tune out of, and felt like they were trying to abruptly shove the audience into a trance state they hadn't earned yet.
Audience Participation: D
Most, like me, were content to sit. Some chatted at the back or played on their phones. The atmosphere was one of patient tolerance.
Green straw fedora. Took me right out of it.
— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) May 8, 2014