Moonlight Bride was formed in the summer of 2007 by founding members Justin Wilcox and Tyke Calfee. The two began collaborating in Wilcox’s apartment, and through friends they met drummer Matthew Livingston. The trio began playing live in the fall of 2007, and in November of 2008 they added guitarist Justin Grasham. Once the lineup was solidified they began the writing sessions for there debut L.P. “Myths” which was released on October 9th 2009.
Influences include New Order, Sonic Youth, O.M.D., and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Justin – Keys, Guitar, Vox, Cardinal
Dave – Bass, Glove
Matt – Drums, Shaman
Grasham - Guitar, Tremors
Genre: New Age/Ambient
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Record Label: Unsigned
A heads up. Starting today you can stream our New E.P. “Dead Language” for free all week long. It will be for sale digitally next Tuesday so you have until then to enjoy it without paying. Here’s the link.
So… Basically for the past 2 months we’ve buried ourselves in my apt and have been writing/ recording non stop. Last Tuesday we finally got a chance to sit down and listen back to all of the songs we’ve written (We record every writing session). And I know I’m in the band but I, personally, was baffled. Sometimes when you immerse yourself in something you lose sight of the over all picture. Not in a bad way, it can just be a little difficult to separate yourself and approach it objectively. When I was listening back I heard it as a listener as opposed to a player/ creator and was shocked at the material. Long story short we’ve got a killer album on our hands. We’ve narrowed it down to 18 songs that we are going to track. All of which (Except 3) are bran new. Now of course not all of these will make it but I dread the day we have to chisel it down because these 18 are all fantastic ideas. But who knows? Maybe it’ll be a double album.
Also, another exciting announcement is that founding member Tyke Calfee will be returning to collaborate on the new material. We are all really happy to have him back around and he will definitely add to the sound as he always did. So if you’re reading Tyke we’re super stoked!
As some of you already know we’re planning on releasing an E.P. at the end of October. There’s a slight chance it may be pushed back but we’re going to try to have something ready for everyone on Halloween. Even if we don’t have the full E.P. ready i’m sure we’ll be able to release a track and possibly some new artwork and photos. The new E.P. will contain all new original material. It’s sort of a B-Side comp. but not exactly. It’s songs we’ve had lying around that we really like but just don’t fit into the aesthetic of the new album. It will definitely be a good Fall/ Winter listen so keep an ear out for that for sure.
I’ll be honest. This is the most stoked we’ve been to play a show in a while. This new material is just turning out so well. We’ve re-engineered the set to incorporate a healthy amount of the new songs we’ve been working on along with some old songs/ fan favorites we’d forgotten about. It’s going to be a really fun show so if you can make it it will definitely be worth your while whether your an old school fan or a newcomer. Anyway, I’m going to get back to this movie that’s been squealing in the background (The Thing). I hope you’re all having a great fall and look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Hello again, everyone! It’s been a bit since we’ve caught up, hasn’t it? Like most of you, we’ve been enjoying the summer and taking some time to relax before we get back down to business.
We’ve been relatively quiet in terms of playing shows this summer. However, we did have the fine privilege of sharing the stage with Los Campesinos! and Yellow Ostrich at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. It was a rush to play there and everyone there couldn’t have made us feel any more welcome than they already did. We’re looking forward to coming back that way someday, hopefully in the near future.
Speaking of the LS! gang, they were among the contributors to our remix EP that we released a little while back. A big thank you is in order to LS!, Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun, Tereu Tereu, Summer Dregs, Machines Are People Too, and Adam Staudacher(DJ Skinny ill) for all their hard work.
As for us? Right now we’re in the process of writing new songs for album number two. After months of ‘guerrilla recording’ in various locations, we’ve finally found a place to rehearse and flesh out some new ideas. I’m personally proud to say that we’re churning out some great stuff right now and have no doubt that we’re well on our way to making something really special. No idea when we’ll be done with it, but rest assured that it’ll be worth the wait.
Oh! Before I forget, a big shout out to LeighAnne Sloan for getting the first ever Moonlight Bride tattoo! You’ve definitely raised the bar. We’ll buy you a beer sometime.
I suppose that’s it for now. I’ve got guitars to play and cigarettes that aren’t gonna smoke themselves. Take care!
2012 has been quite a productive year for us so far and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down anytime soon. In the past six months, we’ve released our newest music in nearly three years (Twin Lakes) and have played more shows than we have before. It truly has been an exciting time for us and right now, I’d like to share a few of my personal favorite memories so far from this year.
- SXSW Before we went to SXSW, we had been on the road for a little over a week. We had just finished up a great run of shows with our awesome friends Tereu Tereu along the east coast, ending with an awesome show in Washington, D.C. From there, we were given the choice of either driving for 24 hours straight to get to Austin, TX or drive home, sleep in our beds for a few hours, and hit the road. We chose the latter and made it to Sealy, TX from Chattanooga, TN in around 16 hours. Ended up staying in one of the shittiest motels I’ve ever seen. This place just screamed “murder shack.” Our room was between one room that had been padlocked shut and another door…well, it wasn’t even a door. It was a piece of particle board being held in place with screwdriver jammed in the top corner of the doorway. I’d rather not touch base on how it looked on the inside. I’m sure you can use your imagination and come up with something colorful.
Arrived in Austin the next day and played our first show within an hour of arriving. From there, we were left with plenty of time to get lost within the sea of hipster Mardi Gras and get familiar with our surroundings. For three days, we were camped outside of a bar called Sputnik off of 6th Street. Ended up staying with our friends and local Chattanoogans Prophets & Kings for a couple of days in a nice little apartment somewhere. The feeling of that first shower after sleeping in the floor of a passenger van is indescribable.
Played one more show two days later and blew it out of the water. Big thanks goes out to Jersey, P&K, Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun, David and Mary, and Mr. Castlevania for making the Bayou Lounge feel like JJ’s. Seriously one of the best shows we’ve played in recent memory.
On a personal note, I got to meet Ryan Frederiksen from Narrows/These Arms Are Snakes after Narrows played a generator show on a bridge at nearly two in the morning. One of my favorite guitar players and it was really cool just shooting the shit with him. I wish it would’ve went smoother when I had the chance to talk to Tommy Stintson of The Replacements though. I kinda spazzed out, but he was nice and gave me some great words of encouragement over some potent whiskey drinks. It was just kinda hard to keep my cool while talking to someone who played in the friggin’ Replacements.
- ‘Twin Lakes’ release show:
What better way to celebrate a great run of shows than having a blowout in your hometown? It was a great night for everyone there. Young Orchids and CUSSES both put on amazing sets and it was great to see a lot of people I haven’t been able to see in a good while. I was actually a little nervous before we played, which hasn’t happened in quite some time. The show was great and everything seemed to go without any snags. Even the improvised interludes between songs flowed with ease. Just felt like a magical night for all of us.
This one was pretty recent actually. We left Chattanooga on a Monday night, slept in the can at a rest stop somewhere in Indiana, and arrived in Chicago around four in the afternoon the next day. We did a podcast for Fearless Radio at five and went to the Cobra Lounge around six. Found out while we were there that Naked Raygun practices somewhere upstairs in the building. Couldn’t help but soundcheck to ‘Vanilla Blue’ that night, haha!
The show itself was a lot of fun. Pretty decent turnout for a Tuesday night in a town we’ve never played before. Hell, half the crowd were singing along to the songs! We even had two people ask us why we didn’t play ‘Coal Miners’, a song we haven’t played in maybe two years. I dunno, I just thought it was a trip that people somewhere other than the South knew our stuff and knew it well. Maybe next time, Chicago.
Slept at another rest stop that night and traveled onward to Davenport, Iowa for our Daytrotter session the next day. Session went smoothly and three out of the four songs we recorded were first takes. The last one was maybe the second or third take…damn guitar kept going out of tune. Either way, it was a blast and I can’t wait to hear it.
From 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to 6:45 a.m. Thursday we drove home. Six states in nearly sixteen hours, only stopping for coffee and gas. Seeing the sunrise as we were getting into town was the icing on the cake for me. The whole trek felt like a fever dream. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.
I’d love to share some more stories, but that’ll be another day. Right now, we’ve got a record we need to finish. Good things are on the way, we can promise you that. Until next time, try not to have a heat stroke. Shit’s getting hot all over.
So we just announced a couple of new shows. One of those happens to be a Daytrotter Session which we’re really stoked about! Another is a one off hometown show with our great friend’s Today The Moon Tomorrow The Sun from ATL! Check all of that out at Moonlightbridemusic.com/tour.
The other thing we want to talk about is recording projects. We currently have 2 planned releases. 1 will be a re-mix E.P. which is sounding incredible already! The other will be an all original Self Recorded acoustic-ish E.P. which we’re putting the finishing touches on right now. So those should be out in the next couple of months.
All of this is of course is leading up to Album #2 which we are currently writing for. This next album is going to be a big one for us in a lot of ways. We’re pouring a lot of ourselves into it and can’t wait to get more information out to you. Either way we really appreciate all of the positive support and feedback we’re getting from Twin Lakes and are looking forward to all the things that are right around the corner.
Just want to say thanks for all of the support first off. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from The “Lemonade” video that Thomas Ramsay shot. Thomas is a very talented start up director and is currently holding a fund raiser to build income to work with us on future projects. If you have any money to donate towards the cause it would be much appreciated. If not and you like his work send him a message and let him know. He’s a great dude.
Anyway I hope everyone’s enjoying everything thus far. Can’t wait to share more soon.
Hey all. Hope everything is well. I’m typing this from a venue in Myrtle Beach on my iPhone so forgive any awkward spacing or grammatical errors. We’ve met some amazing people out and about. Notably Kristin from Brooklyn. Ryan from DC, Shaina And Nicole from Myrtle Beach and definitely Neal from Baltimore. When I get back I will type our Baltimore story in it’s entirety. I’m still recovering/ having trouble believing it actually happened. Either way we’ve been lucky to share the stage with our friends the winter sounds every night. They are great people. And met some other great bands and industry people as well. We will be returning home in a couple of dates completing our two weeks. Although I’ll miss it, my own bed sounds incredibly appealing right now. So just want to say hello to all of our new friends and we love you to all of our current friends. Catch up with you soon