Band to Watch: Half Moon Run

Keep your eyes and ears on Half Moon Run as they continue to gain momentum.

Chances are you’ve heard Half Moon Run if you’ve been tuning into Indie88. 2013 has been a breakthrough year for the Montreal-based foursome. Since getting handpicked by Mumford & Sons to open for their European tour, the band has also introduced Of Monsters and Men, Metric, and Patrick Watson, and has played SXSW, Osheaga, Canadian Music Week and the Glastonbury Festival. Half Moon Run shows no sign of slowing down with a heavy international tour scheduled for the fall.

The indie quartet is comprised of Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, drums), Connor Molander (vocals, guitars, keys), Dylan Phillips (vocals, guitar, keys), and most recently, Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, guitar, keys). Originating from Ottawa, Ontario and Commox, British Columbia, Half Moon Run is a Craigslist success story as Molander and Phillips discovered Portielje through an ad in 2009. Combining diverse musical backgrounds to create genre-crossing music, the band’s sound fuses together elements of indie-folk and indie-pop with rhythmic harmonies, soft guitar lines and subtle electronic touches.

Half Moon Run’s debut album, Dark Eyes, was released via Indica Records in Canada last March and was picked up by Glassnote (US) and Mumford & Sons keyboardist, Ben Lovette’s label, Communion (UK).

Give “Full Circle” and “Call Me in the Afternoon,” two tracks off Dark Eyes, a spin below.