Day Is The New Night is the third album by Moonlight Towers, a band from Austin that takes its name from the city’s tall vintage streetlights. The guys in Moonlight Towers cherish the three minute pop rock song and hope this third release is the charm. In their own words, they enjoy “writing, recording and playing real rock’n’roll with a hearty pop kick, and being a genuine band. It’s really that simple.”
Neil Nathan’s debut record, The Distance Calls, merges ’70s style jangle pop with modern singer-songwriter smarts. He is equal parts Cat Stevens and Matthew Sweet, and he recently took a few moments to entertain some of our questions…
Q: Neil – thank you very much for taking the time to chat. Let’s go back to the beginning; we’d like to hear about the time it first dawned on you that music was your calling…
A: I was five [years old] and one of my first 45’s was Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me.” That about sums up my mentality then and now.
Q: Your new record, The Distance Calls, is amazing – such a versatile blend of styles – what is the main thing you want listeners to take away from hearing it?
A: Thanks for the compliment, Bill! So glad you’re digging it. I’m hoping folks walk away feeling some of the emotions I felt when I wrote the songs. Sorrow, hope, anger, joy, love – all or any of the above would do.
Matthew Sweet is one of the world’s best known Power Pop artists, with classic albums like “Girlfriend”, “Altered Beast” and “100% Fun”. In 2002 Sweet teamed up with Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins to form the Alt. Country group The Thorns, and in 2005 he teamed up with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles for “Under The Covers Vol.1:” a series of their favorite ‘60s covers. Now, after last year’s “Sunshine Lies,” his 11th album, Sweet has released a sequel with Hoffs, “Under The Covers Vol.2,” which mines the pop and rock hits of the 1970’s. I was honored to speak with him during his tour in support of the new release.