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CINCINNATI -- Picture it: you’re taking in a show from a cool local band. The lead singer rocks a blonde mullet and one long earring, and the petite keyboardist dances and harmonizes along.
The music is upbeat, danceable pop, filled with synthesizers. If you think you’ve been transported back to the 1980s, guess again. It’s 2018, and this is Moonbeau, a Cincinnati-based band giving you layered music and fun performances you can’t help but dance along with.
Their love for nostalgia and new wave is evident, but their sound is still distinctly modern. Paired with relatable lyrics and foot-tapping rhythms, hear them once and you won’t soon forget Moonbeau.
Originally a one-man-band project by frontman Christian Gough, Moonbeau now plays as a foursome, including Claire Muenchen, the aforementioned keyboardist with impressive vocal chops herself, Alex Murphy-White on drums and Kyle Kubiak playing bass.
Though their sound and look are retro, they’re actively looking forward.
The latter includes adorably catchy lyrics like, "I see stars when you’re on my mind, and you’re on my mind all the time." (The romantic side of their songs is no surprise when you learn that Gough and Muenchen are engaged to be married. Insert all the heart emojis here.)
Their self-titled debut album releases locally this weekend, including a show and release party at the Woodward Theater on June 29. Global release of the album will take place later this year, with even more shows to follow. Keep an eye on Moonbeau, folks. We certainly will.
If You Go
Moonbeau Album Release w/Coastal Club
Woodward Theater (1404 Main St, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati)
Friday , June 29, 8:30 p.m.
$8 advance, $10 day of show; 18+
Tickets available here