Forget Your Worries and Go Jam – Half Moon Run
Life can get stressful sometimes. Whether it be work, school, chores around the house, or any other obligation you have in this crazy world – sometimes you get to a breaking point. If you’re like me, you may turn to music as a stress relief. (Some even turn to it for pain relief, see Old Hippie’s latest column here.) It could be putting your earphones in and finding a peaceful place to sit or lay down, or going out to see a live band at your favorite venue and cutting loose. One thing I’ve come to realize, though, is that some music seems to make you forget about all your troubles and fall into a relaxed state of mind much better than others. If it’s time for you to get rid of some stress you may want to check out Half Moon Run at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte, NC on May 16.
Half Moon Run is a four piece from Montreal, that overflows with creativeness and amazing musicianship. The group weaves in and out of the genres of alternative, folk, and pop while taking you on a journey full of dancing and some really good tunes. These four gentlemen have been on an incredible journey of their own, which should give an explanation to some of the deepness in the music they create. After putting out their debut album, Dark Eyes, the guys decided to pack up and head south for sunny California to further pursue their purpose in the musical world. This move helped them write what ended up being the outfit’s sophomore album Sun Leads Me On.
“We went down to California and we were surfing every day. A lot of the tunes we were writing there just came out. Dark Eyes took us over seven months to record and we went through two or three recordings of each song, so the vibe got a little lost from what it initially was.” – Devon Portielje
I spent a lot time reading up on the group while jamming to this album before writing this article, and I feel as though the music has helped me kind of rediscover some of my creativity with my writing. Maybe you will get this same kind of experience with something in your life by catching them at the Visualite. If nothing else, hearing a song driven by a mellow guitar riff, like “Warmest Regards,” pour out of the speakers and directly into ears will take all your worries away. I can just see the dancing and joy filling the room when the band starts “Devil May Care” and the upbeat picking of an acoustic guitar and the beautiful melody of the vocals takes over the. I have a feeling that they will be playing the highly infectious single “Turn Your Love” as well. This tune is hard not to like with the catchy sound of the keyboard leading you through the verses until the music explodes into an easy-to-sing-along-to chorus that will be stuck in your head for days.
One thing I can tell you is that if you find yourself at the Visulite Theater on May 16 then you will be in for some really great music. What that music does for you, though, you will have to find out on your own. Maybe it’s stress relief, maybe it’s for the love of live music, or maybe you’re stuck at a rut in your life and need some inspiration – no matter the reason, Half Moon Run will ready to share their creative minds with you.
Grab tickets to the show on May 16th — or catch them on tour: