Blasting off on a dance rock hybrid fueled by modern synths as well as movies like Gravity and Planet Earth re-runs, it might seem like Moonwalker hail from a different universe altogether at first listen. Rob Crews [vocals], Mark Neidhardt [guitar], Bryan Witt [bass].
“We really love atmospheric sounds,” explains Mark. “For this band, much of the writing took place while watching outer space movies and nature documentaries. That really gave the music a different dynamic. The name says it all. It takes this space fascination and ties it into the dance aspect.”
Moonwalker first came to life in January 2017. Rob and Mark had just dissolved their previous band Reckless Serenade. In addition to playing Warped Tour 2016, the musicians spent three years cultivating a devout fan base with a series of independent releases, including the Out Here EP. The latter yielded the viral track “Pretty Monster,” which amassed over 166K Spotify streams. Along the way, Reckless Serenade earned praise from Alternative Press, AXS, and many more.
As the group amicably parted ways, Rob and Mark linked up with Bryan, bonding over a shared vision.
“We were all on the same page,” Mark continues. “We wanted to see how far we could take this. Everybody had the same mindset of taking things super seriously and not messing around.”
Within a month of joining forces, the four band mates found themselves in Toronto’s Rattlebox Studios with producer Brian Moncarz [Circa Survive, Silverstein]. Moving at light speed, they cut their first three songs.
“We didn’t want to lose any momentum by taking too long,” adds Rob. “We totally bypassed the whole analysis-paralysis phase, dove right in, and started to figure out the strengths of the band while we were grinding it out.”