moonwood - Canadian Music Week 2014 Report Card

CMW Report Card ’14: Moonwood @ The Garrison

Wednesday, May 7. Moonwood get points for ambition, but their wandering set was easy to tune out of.

- May 8, 2014

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. 

Ambition: A

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").

Energy: C+

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.

Hat: F

Green straw fedora. Took me right out of it.


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