New Music Addiction: Billy Moon

Clear out a space in your summer music collection! Hamilton garage rock-duo, Billy Moon, released their EP, Young Adult, last month and it’s all kinds of awesome. Obviously after my heart, they list Chad VanGaalen and Frank Zappa as major influencers. Although not overt, I can hear a smidgen of Zappa in the vocals and a bit of VanGaalen in their mutual occupation of the space between blithe and morose.

The five-song EP is all about growing up, reflecting on the issues of disgruntled twenty-somethings, but with more maturity than the average twenty-something. Opening track “Kalashnikov” is all about the mystery of the future and carries it out over surf-rock fuzz. The painfully catchy tune “Video Girls” is upbeat and reminiscent of ‘60’s go-go while the lyrics are about the women of porn movies and contemplate the male gaze. I love the juxtaposition of an unabashed pop song with more serious lyrics. This might just be the perfect summer song!

Now, who wants to go park drinking and twirl in the sunshine with me? Anyone?

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Hilary Johnston
Hilary Johnston is a writer, event manager and musician from Toronto.
Hilary Johnston