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Tonight's Music

by The Moles

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    CD only tracks:

    7 Stray Dog
    8 Red Carpet
    9 Damien Lovelock
    11 Home For The Hobos
    12 Are You Free Tomorrow?
    20 Shandy
    22 Tonight's Music
    23 Artificial Heart
    24 Imperial Blues

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LP ORDERS WILL BEGIN SHIPPING 18/08/2016

• First new record in over 20 years

Of course, the question is what makes a record a Moles record? “The Moles is a fitting incognito pseudonym synonym nom de guerre pen name make believe disguise cloak for most of the musical ideas I get. The album has accumulated over many years. I recorded in Boston, New York, and Western Massachusetts when ideas and opportunities came along. It is almost like a journal covering 15 years,” explains legendary tunesmith Richard Davies (Cardinal, solo). Recorded with like-minded cohorts such as Boston veterans Bob Fay (Sebadoh) and Malcolm Travis (Sugar), as well as New York City fresh faces Dion Nania (Free Time) and Jarvis Taveniere (Woods), the collected songs on “Tonight’s Music” continue his streak of dazzling and unique psych pop.

With lyrics inspired by the deeply personal, along with Davies wild and cracked imagination, housed within a swirl of sweet melodies and careening blasts, sometimes in the same tune, the end result is an album that delivers everything great about psych rock, without really being a straight psych rock record. If it sounds complicated, it’s not. Davies never loses sight of delivering his songs, whether that means a chugging acoustic train ignited by distortion and holding desperately to the tracks, or a shimmering silver pop gem tickling your ears. Has he created his very own “Madcap Laughs” or “Oar”, twisted around his playful ways, or has he just taught the kids how it is really done (once again)? The sun will rise all summer long as we await the answers.

“Tonight’s Music” follows on the heels of the 2014 comprehensive reissue of their past discography; “Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story Of The Moles” as well as a triumphant show at Glastonbury.

“The greatest differentiator between the work of the Moles and that of their contemporaries, though, is Davies himself. As a presence, there is something deeply and beguilingly inscrutable about him, a purposeful blankness that betrays an enormous amount of weight and depth behind it, and oozes both vulnerability and vitriol when it breaks and cracks.” – PITCHFORK

“Classic sparkling Oceania indie-pop.” – STEREOGUM

“Combining solidly weird psych pop songcraft with a brilliant sense of melody and an ear for subtle beauty in the arrangements.” – ALLMUSIC

1. Strange Summer RD guitars and echo chamber, Bob Fay (Sebadoh, Deluxx) drums and vocals, Roger Lavallee (engineer/producer, Western MA) bass and Stylophone

2. Head In The Speakers RD gtrs Roger Lavallee drums

3. Space Fever RD gtrs Roger Lavallee bass, drums

4. Highbury And Islington RD gtrs, found sounds

5. Needle And Thread RD gtrs, click, Bob Fay drums, Roger Lavallee, gtr treatments, bass

6. Slings And Arrows RD gtrs, Roger Lavallee bass

7. Stray Dog RD gtrs and dog paws

8. Red Carpet RD gtr treatments, gtrs, Roger Lavallee drums, bass

9. Damien Lovelock RD gtrs, with Free Time - Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs

10. K.B.O. RD gtrs, Steve Brodsky (Cave In) toy drums, Dave Minehan (Replacements) production/gtrs, Free Time - Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs

11. Home For The Hobos RD kb, harmonica, banjo, found sounds

12. Are You Free Tomorrow? RD piano, synthesisier, Roger Lavallee gtrs

13. Dreamland RD gtrs, Free Time - Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs

14. Beauty Queen Of Watts, RD gtrs,balalaika, Free Time - Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs

15. Chills RD gtrs, Free Time - Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs

16. Out Of Thin Air RD gtrs, organ, humidifier, fotoplayer

17. Room Temperature RD found sounds and gtrs

18. You're In My Band RD gtrs, Malcolm Travis (Sugar) drums, Dave Minehan (Replacements) gtrs and gtr treatments, Steve Brodsky gtrs and super bass

19. Hand Painted Carved Imported Oil Painting RD and Dave Minehan gtrs, Steve Brodsky gtrs, Dave Minehan jingle bells, Roger Lavallee bass

20. Shandy RD gtrs, Roger Lavallee bass, drums

21. Wear And Tear RD gtrs, Bob Fay drums

22. Tonight's Music RD and Roger Lavallee gtrs

21. Artificial Heart RD gtrs, Free Time - Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs

22. Imperial Blues RD gtrs, Dave Minehan oscillator, Roger Lavallee bass, drums, Bob Fay tapestry percussion

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released August 12, 2016

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The Moles Sydney, Australia

Brain-child of one Richard Davies, The Moles were an Australian chamber-pop band, who broke up in 1993, only for Davies to use the Moles monicker for the release of what was effectively his solo debut album "Instinct".

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