The Shipbuilders “The Moon” – dangerous moonlight

Liverpool band The Shipbuilders pull strands of rock and Spanish gypsy guitar together to dramatic effect on ‘The Moon‘, which proceeds their upcoming album ‘Spring Tide’ which is launched on May 6th.  Lead singer Matty Loughlin-Day explains the song thusly: “I’ve long been fascinated and drawn towards the concept of ‘Cante Jondo’, the folk music of Andalusia that literally translates to ‘deep song’. Moon’ came from a contemplation of all of this. It’s a song written from the perspective of a soldier in the Spanish Civil War who, while standing underneath a haloed moon, can hear “the wailing of this life and the next collide” while lamenting his love’s death and pondering if the same fate will fall on him…”.

And if that all sounds quite highbrow then here’s the Letts Notes – imagine The Decemberists were actually from Liverpool instead of Portland.  And with maybe a touch of Howe Gelb and a Band of Gypsys.  And you’re there….


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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